Breastfeed Only With One Breast?
Good afternoon. R nLow, it’s been almost 6 months that I only breastfed my child with the right breast, in other words, I never fed my left breast for almost 6 months because at that time my baby didn’t want to. The condition is now my left breast is small because there may not be breast milk. I never pump it because I’m busy. But yesterday when I pumped it with an electric breast pump, after 15 minutes the milk came out a little, it felt slippery and sticky. Why is that? And is there any possibility that my left breast will produce breast milk again? Then how? Because my right breast does not produce much milk. thanks.
Good morning, thanks for asking at HealthReplies.com. Breast milk is a very good food for babies, especially those who are under 6 months of age. Breast milk increases endurance, keeps the baby's body weight ideal, reduces the risk of allergies, increases closeness between mother and child, increases children's intelligence, and much more.
However, in breastfeeding, you should use both breasts. This is because breast milk will get smoother when it is issued and will be less and less if it is not removed, because there is no stimulation. So it is only natural that the milk in your left breast is less and the size is smaller because it has never been stimulated by the baby. In addition, breast milk that is allowed to accumulate can be a potential for breast inflammation and can be very painful.
Among the ways that you can do to maximize the release of breast milk from your breasts are adequate rest, keep breastfeeding even though it only comes out a little, avoid anxiety and stress, drink lots of water, and increase your food intake to increase breast milk such as dark green vegetables, garlic, dates and the like. In addition, we also recommend that you consult your pediatrician about this. So, hopefully it answers your question.