Breastfeeding is the natural and most recommended way to feed a baby. A mother’s milk has been scientifically proven to be much more nutritious than any commercial formula in the market. Unfortunately, not all mothers can breastfeed naturally. These can be due to various factors such as lack of milk production or an inverted nipple. It can be caused by other factors as well. On the other hand, for those fortunate enough to breastfeed, there are certain minute aspects of the whole activity that will have to be dealt with. One aspect is breast size balancing. Breastfeeding too much on one breast may leave the other breast full of milk and oversized than the other one. If this is the case with you and your puppies, then here are some tips on how to balance your breastfeeding so as to balance your breast size.
- Increase the size of the smaller breast. It is actually very humorous but as your breasts produce the milk needed by your baby and as you breast feed, the more the baby drains a particular breast, that breast will produce more milk than before. It is just a natural process of things. This being the case, if you notice that your right breast is smaller than your left, then consider having your baby feed on your right breast until he drains it of milk. Do not worry, that breast will start producing more milk and will be able to hold more making it bigger and hopefully, it will grow to the same size as your left breast.
- Nurse for the appropriate amount of time. Breastfeeding on a particular breast should be done for a specific amount of time. Typically, 20 minutes should be the rule here. The reason you want to do this is because the baby will only be able to get the most nutritious milk, usually the last several drops at the back of the breast. On this note, when you breastfeed, make sure to have your baby focus on a breast for around 20 minutes.
- Alternate breasts. Once your breasts are pretty much the same size, start breastfeeding on each breast alternately. For instance, the morning feeding should be 20 minutes on your right breast. For lunch, use the left. Keep alternating and adjusting to the size of your breast. Now, you will need to take into consideration how each breast produces milk. The right breast may produce more milk than the left. Make the adjustments so that the particular breast will not produce above the desired amount.
- Use the pump. Sometimes, your baby will be too full to suck the milk out from a larger breast. If this happens, you can consider using a breast pump to lighten the load on that breast. Save the milk and feed it to your baby at a later time.
If you are under producing milk in a particular breast, then you will definitely need to adjust on the other breast in order to reduce its size. In any case, if you are having difficulty with this whole issue, consult your physician to help you get more detailed tips regarding the matter.