I have heard that there is a gemara that discusses what side a newborn is supposed to breastfeed from first.

If this is true, where is this gemara and what's the idea behind it?

  • FWIW, I searched my ( poorly OCR'ed ) English Ein Yaakov for the word "nurs" ....didn't find anything that seemed relevant to your question.
    – MTL
    Dec 17 '14 at 22:14
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    A newborn is supposed to nurse from the front. Dec 18 '14 at 0:10
  • @Shokhet try suckl.
    – msh210
    Dec 18 '14 at 7:40
  • chabadmineola.com/1856236 says the left side, seemingly quoting an earlier source as saying it's "close to the heart", but doesn't cite that source (or any other).
    – msh210
    Dec 18 '14 at 7:43
  • It's the left side - but I'm having trouble finding a source... Dec 18 '14 at 10:40

The Kaf HaChaim writes in Yoreh Deah siman 116 number 149 "a woman that begins to nurse her son should begin nursing from the left breast first". He writes that his source is the Tzava'as Rebbe Yehudah HaChasid #69 and the sefer Shmiras HaNefesh #17.

The sefer Mishnas Yehoshua footnote #18 (on the linked page) mentions that according to the sefer Shmiras HaGuf Ve'haNefesh, a person does not have to be concerned to do this with a daughter (only with a son).

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