Feeding on one side or both sides in a breast-feeding session
Article first published online: 1 JUN 2009
© 2009 Japan Pediatric Society
Volume 51, Issue 6, pages 817–820, December 2009
How to Cite
Kondolot, M., Yalçin, S. S. and Yurdakök, K. (2009), Feeding on one side or both sides in a breast-feeding session. Pediatrics International, 51: 817–820. doi: 10.1111/j.1442-200X.2009.02892.x
- Issue published online: 13 NOV 2009
- Article first published online: 1 JUN 2009
- Received 19 September 2008; revised 17 March 2009; accepted 24 March 2009.
- breast-feeding method;
- sucking period
Background: The aim of the present study was to examine the effects of breast-feeding method (on only one or on two sides in a single feeding session) on growth, sleep duration and sucking period, and stool frequency.
Methods: Exclusively breast-fed healthy infants, aged 1–6 months, were included in the study during child health follow-up visits. Mothers were given a questionnaire on sleep duration, sucking periods, and stool frequencies of their infants.
Results: The height-for-age and weight-for-age z scores were significantly higher in infants breast-fed from one side during a single session than from both sides (P= 0.002, P < 0.001; respectively). Infants sucking on only one breast in a breast-feeding session defecated significantly less at night (P= 0.005), their maximum sucking periods at night were shorter (P= 0.049).
Conclusion: Breast-feeding at one side only during a single breast-feeding session increases growth, decreases stool frequency and the maximum sucking period at night and does not influence the overall sleep pattern.