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    Default Large breasts and block feeding

    Sorry, it's me again with yet another breastfeeding question!

    I saw an LC a couple of weeks ago who put me onto block feeding to bring down my oversupply. I was doing 4 hour blocks and things were going well. DD has now become very fussy. She'll do half an hour on 1 side and then cry and cry. I try to stick to the 4 hour blocks but it's not always possible. Tonight she did half an hour on one side then cried until I gave in and put her on the other side and she's done another half an hour and fallen asleep.

    Whenever I ask the LC she says no you have to stick to the 4 hour blocks or she won't get enough hind milk, however even when I don't stick to the 4 hour blocks she's not having green frothy poos, she seems fine.

    I've been doing block feeding for about 2 weeks, is it possible that my supply has dropped enough that she can now drain a breast in 30 minutes. I'm size 18DD and the LC insists its not possible for DD to drain them in half an hour but when she's done and starts crying they're totally soft and empty.

    Just wondering if anyone here has any input or experience. If you are large breasted did you block feed or do both sides per feed. Should I go with my gut instinct or follow what the LC says?

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    I'd go with my gut.

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    I'm pretty sure breast size has nothing to do with milk capacity, so I think that's something you need to stop focussing on. I consider myself a pretty regular size (D) & had a huge oversupply. I found block feeding was a temporary thing I needed to do for a week or so to reduce my oversupply.
    After the short period of block feeding we went back to "regular" feeding, which for us, was about 2 hourly, alternating breasts each time (DD only ever took 1 side per feed, no matter what I tried).
    Can you get back in touch with your LC? They often offer follow up support by phone.
    Or try calling the ABA helpline, I think they are a 24 hour service so you could call tonight if you need to?

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    I'd go with my own instincts too.

    I had a huge oversupply and 12F boobs, I think it was mainly from me pumping round the clock when my DS was born to get my milk to come in because he was a month early and was too tired to latch.

    It took me awhile to be able to do one side per feed, but my baby didn't stretch out to 4 hours till he was at least a few months old, I always just demand fed and that was 2-3 hours usually.

    How old is bubba? Have you had an issue with too much fore milk?

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    I have G sized breast and block feed however if my baby was crying for more I would not hesitate to feed he other side. I recently read an article about hind milk being a bit of an exaggeration let me see if I can find it for you. http://www.nancymohrbacher.com/blog/...-hindmilk.html

    If your breast feel like they are drained then there's no problem feeding the other side. I hd heaps of over supply and it has finally settled. Your body and baby know exactly what they are doing! Follow your mummy instinct

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    Block feeding drops supply a bit. It's a temporary thing. Also at this age bubs feed sooo much. So if bub wants more- just offer the other boob.

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    I personally wouldn't be sticking to strict 4 hour blocks, baby usually knows how much they need and some days they are hungrier than others. I'd just go with how you feel, if you don't want to be so strict.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rosey82 View Post
    I'm pretty sure breast size has nothing to do with milk capacity, so I think that's something you need to stop focussing on. I consider myself a pretty regular size (D) & had a huge oversupply. I found block feeding was a temporary thing I needed to do for a week or so to reduce my oversupply.
    After the short period of block feeding we went back to "regular" feeding, which for us, was about 2 hourly, alternating breasts each time (DD only ever took 1 side per feed, no matter what I tried).
    This X3 babies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rosey82 View Post
    I'm pretty sure breast size has nothing to do with milk capacity, so I think that's something you need to stop focussing on. I consider myself a pretty regular size (D) & had a huge oversupply. to?
    This, I had a huge oversupply and yes big boobs and the nurses on hospital commented they'd never seen so much milk but I don't think boob size has much to do with over supply.

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    Go with your gut on this one. I always think if someone is pig-headedly adamant about something that's not working (which sounds like your lc is) then you're missing the opportunity of trying something that might work better.
    Forget about hind milk, block feeding, feeding length, breast size etc. Feed in the way that works best for you. And if DD wants both sides then give them.
    I may be wrong but I also don't think breast size is totally correlated with milk production/storage I think it's a furphy to say there's no way she could drain one side in 30 minutes!
    I'm 14dd while breastfeeding and my DD at 4 weeks old wasn't doing more than 20 minutes per side. I recorded all feeds (still do!) on an app and here is a screenshot from when she was 4.5 weeks old so you can see number/times/lengths of feeds and which side:
    ImageUploadedByThe Bub Hub1462703958.955251.jpg

    Not sure if this helps or not.
    Have a read of the baby love book section on breastfeeding if you can - she talks a lot about this stuff from memory.
    If DD is happier switching sides and there's no indication that she's not getting the right milk then feed as she's asking. If it works go with it xx


 

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