Babies Only Want To Suckle From The Right Breast So That The Left Breast Hardens And The Milk Leaks?
I want to ask lately why my son doesn’t want to suckle the left breast, he wants the right then … even though I have to breastfeed both … plus Because my baby doesn’t want to suckle the left one finally my breast hardens, the breast milk also seeps then left … if forced to suckle the left one, my baby immediately poops a lot if I don’t feel sick … Also my left breast feels itchy in the areola area … Please help me
Hello Gusti Agustini, thank you for asking at HealthReplies.com.
A baby becomes more difficult to suckle can be caused by several conditions such as breastfeeding positions that are uncomfortable for him, an abnormality in one breast that causes changes in the taste of breast milk (eg breast infection, breast abscess) or the baby is more difficult to suck due to differences nipples on one breast.
To determine whether there are certain abnormalities in your left breast, it is advisable to check your breasts further to the doctor. If indeed a problem is found, the doctor will help you determine what therapy should be given.
In the meantime, if your child does not want to suckle on your left breast, do not force him to suckle on that side because it can make your child more stressed and eventually become more uncomfortable and won't breastfeed.
As an alternative, you can pump the milk in the left breast and put it in a bottle and then give it to your child. As long as your child does not want to directly feed on your left breast, breast milk production will still be generated and it is strongly recommended to be pumped out routinely.
For itching itself, it is not advisable to scratch the area because it can cause sores that are at risk of infection. Nor is it recommended to use any topical or oral medication without a clear recommendation from a doctor.
I hope this helps.