Uneven Milk Supply: Behind the Imbalance
Some nursing parents experience drastically reduced supply on one side as compared to the other - if they’re pumping, the difference is often easy to spot. If the baby is exclusively nursing they may notice that baby gets fussier when nursing on one side or simply prefers one side over the other. If you’ve experienced this, you might be surprised to learn that this issue could actually stem from a structural shift in your baby’s spine. Milk production is a positive feedback loop, meaning that the more milk your baby requires, the more milk your body produces (or the more often the breast is completely emptied, the more milk your body produces, in response to this demand). Unfortunately, structural shift can sometimes impede baby’s ability to fully extract the amount of milk that they need, especially if it’s uncomfortable for them to turn their head in one direction or their jaw is experiencing asymmetric shift in the joint on one side. As the nursing parent, you may also notice clogged ducts more on one side, and/or painful or shallow latch on the affected side. If these struggles sound familiar to you, the next step is to book a consultation to chat with us and see if we may be able to help get you and your nursling back on the right track.