KandyKinz, I have a question about when you say "This can be remedied by feeding them only at one breast at each feed. And some babies will always just feed at one breast... others will always feed at two... "
What about the other breast? Does it stay engorged or do you need to express out of it if the baby only feeds at one breast? How does it work to have one 'emptier' breast and one really full one?
ChristinaRN answered well.... Once the initial engorgment phase passes (which only last 1 or 2 sometimes 3 days) your body will regulate itself and will only produce what what baby takes.
I think you have gotten some great advice. I can recommend 2 things. Lanisoh cream for your nipples will keep them from cracking and bleeding. A Boppy pillow is amazing for positioning baby at the right height and I found it so much better than regular pillows. Drink lots of fluid- a big glass every time you sit down to nurse, and keep some snacks near your nursing spot. Good luck!
Drinks and snacks are a good idea
But I wanted to comment that some women are sensitive to Lansinoh cream and that in itself can result in chapped nipples and bleeding... Of course you won't know if you fit into this minority until you use the stuff but if a week or so goes by and your nipples aren't improving sometimes just eliminating the Lansinoh can fix the problem so if your having nipple problems it can be good to take a break every once in awhile.
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