Tips For Breastfeeding From Both Breasts At Each Feeding

Tips For Nursing From Both Breasts At Each Feeding. Alternating Breasts, Switching Sides.
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Breastfeeding From Both Breasts At Each Feeding

It is recommended to breastfeed from both breasts at each feeding during the first few weeks of breastfeeding. When you switch sides during each nursing session, it allows both breasts to receive stimulation at least every 2 to 3 hours. The frequent nursing on both sides helps to encourage a healthy supply of breast milk. Nursing from both sides in the same feeding can also increase the amount of breast milk that your baby gets with each feeding.

If you have a sleepy baby or your child is gaining weight slowly, this can be helpful. Additionally, breastfeeding from both sides at each feeding can help to keep the size of your breasts more even, and prevent the pain of engorgement by releasing some of the pressure on both sides more frequently. Here are some tips for nursing from both sides at each feeding.

5 Tips For Nursing From Both Sides At Each Feeding

  • Don't stop your baby from nursing in the middle of active sucking just to switch sides. Wait until your child stops nursing on his own. Then, gently break the suction of the latch and take your baby off of your breast. Before you switch to the other side, you can change your child's diaper and try to burp him. These actions may help your baby nurse better on the second breast.  
  • Don't watch the time, watch your child. Breastfeeding isn't a timed activity, so it doesn't have to be exactly 10 minutes on each side. You can follow your baby's lead and let him nurse for as long as he wants on each side.

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    • Each time you breastfeed your child, switch the breast that you begin the feeding on. If you started the last feeding on your right breast, begin the next feeding on your left breast. Your baby removes more breast milk from the breast that he starts to breastfeed on compared to the breast that he finishes breastfeeding on.   When you alternate the breast you begin each feeding on, each breast gets an adequate amount of stimulation.


    American Academy of Pediatrics. New Mother’s Guide To Breastfeeding. Bantam Books. New York. 2011.

    Lawrence, Ruth A., MD, Lawrence, Robert M., MD. Breastfeeding A Guide For The Medical Profession Seventh Edition.  Mosby. 2011.

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