Why does my baby like one breast more than the other?
There are many reasons why a baby may prefer one breast over the other. They may dislike a breast that has a low or a large milk supply, a plugged duct, or an infection. They may be reluctant to breastfeed if they feel the mother tense up from pain or if the nipple is abnormal. In some cases, there is no clear cause; babies just prefer one side. Mothers can try to prevent the baby from developing a preference by changing the starting breast at each feed. If a baby feeds more on a preferred breast, the other one will produce less milk, making it even less appealing to the baby. To end a breast preference, mothers can start the baby on the less preferred side. Mothers can try to increase the milk supply on that side by expressing after feeds or breastfeeding the baby to sleep on that side. It is not uncommon for a baby to gradually reject one breast. While not ideal, this is not a reason for alarm as long as the baby is getting enough milk.