Is it possible to maintain milk supply with nursing just one side?

iVillage Member
Registered: 05-24-2008
Is it possible to maintain milk supply with nursing just one side?
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Fri, 07-22-2011 - 5:55am

Hi Ladies,

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Community Leader
Registered: 06-10-2008
Oh yes, we have several moms who've ended up nursing just on one side and it's been totally fine. Typically it's a situation like you're describing where one side always produced more and was preferred and eventually the second side just dried up. Especially at an older age where he's taking in solids as well, you should do just fine.

I have to ask - is the first picture in your sig from Turtle Back Zoo??
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iVillage Member
Registered: 05-20-2008
As Dana said, it definitely possible to just nurse on one side. I once saw a TV documentary about a new mom who had previously had a beast removed via a mastectomy due to breast cancer and went on to successfully nurse via her one remaining breast so i know it's possible. If you think about the process of nursing twins you 'll realize that each twin is getting all they need off of only one breast. So if you can produce enough milk between two breast to nurse twins then you should be able to nurse one baby in just one breast. Your body will make sure to still produce milk on whatever breast still in being stimulated through nursing. You will notice the other breast dry up and become smaller leading to lopsidedness but otherwise it's not really an issue so long as if your OK with that.

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iVillage Member
Registered: 07-16-2009

One of mine went through a phase like that... and I just kind of went along with it... it worked... it did make the other breast noticably smaller than the nursed one... so for purely cosmetic reasons, I ended up pumping the non-nursed side and then encouraging him to nurse both, but if you don't mind that... then yeah, it works.

River

iVillage Member
Registered: 05-24-2008

Thank you ladies for the replies, that is encouraging. I am pretty lop-sided, but I am ok with that, hopefully, it won't stay this way once we stop nursing.

Dana, the picture was taken at Reed Park Zoo in Tucson.

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Community Leader
Registered: 06-10-2008
Well, Turtle Back Zoo in West Orange, NJ has those same egg things for little kids to climb in!
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