It’s a little bit daunting to think about what your baby looked like on the day they’re born, compared to on their first birthday.
Particularly intimidating is the fact that almost all the nutrients they require to get from A to B come from a single source: your very own boob.
Unless of course, you’re bottle-feeding (which is fine too, obviously).
If you’re in the process of breastfeeding, have breastfed before, or plan to do so some time in the future, you’ll quickly find out that often your baby prefers one boob to the other. And according to professional midwife Cath Curtin, there’s a very good reason for that.
Listen: Midwife Catch Curtin explains why some babies prefer one boob to another. (Post continues after audio…)
“A lot of women lactate better on one side,” says Curtin on Mamamia‘s Year One podcast for new parents. “Some women, one [breast] is really big and one is really small.”
She continues: “I’ve looked after women who’s breast tissue has only developed on one side and they’ve breastfed babies really well on the one side.”
The long and the short of it is, there is no guideline for how long you should feed a baby on each boob.
“It’s just ‘respond to your baby’. Every baby is different.”
In other words, Midwife Cath’s advice is to feel it out, and do what you can.