Baby Breastfeeding From One Breast Only

Melissa here, back with another question from one of my favorite viewers (I love you all though!). A new mom writes in that her baby is only eating from one breast during each feeding.  Meanwhile, he’s hungry only one hour later. Hmmm… I explore this conundrum in today’s vlog.

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Breastfeeding Problems

Kamal, thanks for writing in and I’m so glad you shared what you are going through. In today’s video, I basically ask you a lot of questions about what your baby is doing! Is he fully burped? Is he changed? Is he alert and yet rejecting more milk? The basic point I’m getting at, which is a pillar of everything I subscribe to when it comes to new babies, breastfeeding, and trying to establish a schedule or routine, is have you done everything you can to ensure that the baby has eaten as much as possible and can now take a break and rest before he wants to eat again?

One big positive here is that because your baby is sticking to one breast, you know that he is getting the thicker, more caloric, and more nutritious milk called the hind milk. Very important. However, also important is that you are stimulating both breasts to produce milk and that you don’t go for too long a time between feeding from each of your breasts.

One thing I would do – and definitely check with your doctor about this — is to pump after each feed for 5-10 minutes to ensure that both of your breasts are stimulated. This will also allow you to build up some store milk.

For more tips, watch my video. Hope this helps and thanks for watching!


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  • hi Melissa,I am a new mom of a 2weeks old baby girl.Before my delivery itself I have been following your videos and really helped me in feeding matters.
    My concern is somewhat similar to the above video.My baby sleep round the clock and its a great deal for me to wake her up for feeding,first thing.
    In one feed she drinks from one breast exactly 5 min and falls asleep.then I used to wait 10 to 30 mins exhausted to make her feed from other breast.Then after long waiting and struggling to wake her up I drop it and allow her to sleep.but the thing which confusing me after this 5min feed her tummy seems to be full in does it mean this is enough for her????if so shall I need to feed her every hour ????plls pls help me with your valuable suggestion.

    • hello! 2 weeks is very very young. I hope you don’t need to feed every hour but it’s possible. Try to keep her awake until she is burped and rejection more food. You can try gently patting her or even changing her diaper — if this doesn’t work, you might be stuck feeling very frequently for now but as she gets bigger, she will stretch out and go longer in between feeds. Good luck!