I am often asked whether one breast or two breasts should be offered per feeding. This is a tricky question, and every mother/infant couplet should be considered individually. However, in the first couple of weeks after birth, a mother’s breasts may be somewhat engorged (normal fullness) as they begin to regulate milk production. Offering both breasts per feeding allows each breast some relief of pressure, and therefore comfort for mother. Later, after the initial couple of weeks, one-breast feedings may serve to balance the intake of fore-milk and hind-milk (a discussion all in its own).
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Our philosophy: At MoBap, we recognize that every mother and baby couplet is unique, especially when it comes to breastfeeding. Our lactation staff is committed to the belief that mothers make the right decisions for themselves and their babies. So, whatever your infant feeding decision may be, we’re here to support you along the way.
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