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    Default Large breasts and block feeding

    I'd got with your gut. Motherly gut instinct is strong and if your instinct is telling you that your baby is still hungry and needs more milk then you're probably right.

    I recall at that age feeding for about 15-20 mins on one side, then swapping to the other side if DD wanted more (which was about half the time). I also had massive boobs (14F). I could tell when my boob was empty as it looked and felt empty.
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    Default Large breasts and block feeding

    On the 30 minutes thing, apart from in the early days, all of my boys (from about 4 weeks) have been done with both sides in under 10 minutes the majority of times. Sometimes they'll have both, sometimes just one. DS1 I had an issue with oversupply as he would feed so often sometimes my boobs struggled to adjust. I'm normally a 12b/c so no big boobs.

    Honestly do what you think and if it doesn't work then try something different.
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    Default Large breasts and block feeding

    Depending on how you prefer to feed too, I found lie down feeds a saviour for massive boobs and also helped to drain it better.

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    Thanks for the replies! I'm inclined to go with my gut instinct, but when you've paid a professional and they're giving you conflicting advice it makes you second guess yourself. I've called the ABA once before but I might call again.

    As for the large breasts thing, the LC seemed adamant that the larger the breasts the larger the milk capacity therefore the longer it takes to get to the hind milk 😕 I don't know, maybe she's wrong.

    Last night I fed DD from both sides, no block feeding. She did almost 40 minutes on the right then cried and refused to latch so I put her on the left and she did about 15 minutes then fell asleep. But then 15 minutes later she was so gassy and windy and woke up and didn't sleep for 3 hours so I'm not sure what to do now.

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    Are you 100% sure she doesn't have a tongue tie??? It sounds like she does with the length of feeds.

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    BTW I've got mid sized boobs - an avg C cup. Yet I have enough milk for the entire eastern seaboard of Australia. I can pump 150mL per boob with ease.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rose&Aurelia&Hannah View Post
    Are you 100% sure she doesn't have a tongue tie??? It sounds like she does with the length of feeds.
    I saw the LC in the hospital and the other one I hired privately, they both say she doesn't. As they explained if her tongue can stretch out past her lips there's no tongue tie, and hers can. Is this correct?

    It's one of the first things I asked about as I've often thought my older daughter might have had an undiagnosed tongue tie which could have been why we struggled so much.

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    OK. It just sounded like your bub had a PTT.

    For my babies - 40 min to feed from one boob is just too much and then 15from another would definitely give them gas/wind.

    I'd feed about 10-20min a boob only.

    You can tell if bub is getting lots of jobs of hind milk if there are those mustard blobs in the poo. Also the sucking action changed from quick sucks to long slow sucks. Imagine you drinking water vs a thick shake thru a straw.

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    It probably isn't the case but I had very similar concerns when ds2 was a baby and was doing the same thing of block feeding as I thought he was getting too much fore milk from short frequent feeds. He was very gassy, screamed as if in pain all the time and had green mucusy poo. The stressing about feeding didn't really make a huge difference and after a few weeks I tried to relax and just do what felt right even if it was to feed more often than the LC and nurses were telling me. The crying calmed down at 12 weeks so I just put it down to colic and was constantly told the green poo was nothing to be worried about. However at 6 months when he wasn't gaining much weight I pushed to see a paed who diagnosed him as having an intolerance to cows milk. At the time I had tried 2 weeks dairy free but seen no difference but I've since realised that when ds2 has any milk it takes about 3 weeks for the poo to return to normal so for me a 2 week trial isn't long enough.
    I know you said her poo was normal but just bear it in mind if the gassiness and discomfort continues. I hope things improve soon as it's not much fun feeling like your baby is suffering for something you are doing. At one point I gave mine a bottle of formula (through tears) as my dh was sure he would be better with formula as there would be no worry about fore milk hind milk etc. Breastfeeding shouldn't be that stressful, once you relax and try to ignore some of the advice that doesn't seem to work for you you will find things more enjoyable and hopefully baby will be happy and content too.

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