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Block Feeding? SamMarie! :) Due June 18; 32 kids; Plattsburgh, New York 1086 posts
22nd Mar '13

Im just curious as to what this is?

Not Kayla 2 kids; Cold Lake, AB, Canada 33154 posts
22nd Mar '13

Nurse on one breast through several feedings, and then switch to the other breast. It's essentially emptying out one breast before emptying the next.

usernametx Texas 19748 posts
22nd Mar '13

^ as above. I had a very overactive letdown, oversupply and milk imbalance and it took a few months of gradually increasing block feeds for my supply to regulate and stop leaking. LO was about 8 months before things were better but i still needed breastpads well beyond a year.

SamMarie! :) Due June 18; 32 kids; Plattsburgh, New York 1086 posts
22nd Mar '13
Quoting Kayla [:)]♥:" Nurse on one breast through several feedings, and then switch to the other breast. It's essentially emptying out one breast before emptying the next."


Oh that makes sense, I plan to breastfeed, If i plan to pump after every feeding would block feeding not be right for me?

Not Kayla 2 kids; Cold Lake, AB, Canada 33154 posts
22nd Mar '13
Quoting SamMarie! :):" Oh that makes sense, I plan to breastfeed, If i plan to pump after every feeding would block feeding not be right for me?"


Well, you should be using one breast per feeding anyways. Block feeding is not something you should be planning, haha. It's to help fix some problems with milk production and baby crabbiness. You can pump and block feed either way, it really doesn't make much of a different.

MommyToWesley 1 child; Delaware 3847 posts
22nd Mar '13
Quoting SamMarie! :):" Oh that makes sense, I plan to breastfeed, If i plan to pump after every feeding would block feeding not be right for me?"


You could pump one side and feed off the other. As long as you feed off one side every feeding and your supply is fine, you shouldn't have to feed baby off both sides for a couple months. I fed Wesley off one side to start, and he didn't eat off both sides until he was like 4 months old.

GL♣PC♥BC Due May 5; 2 kids; Atlanta, GA, United States 9395 posts
22nd Mar '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting MommyToWesley:</b>" You could pump one side and feed off the other. As long as you feed off one side every feeding and your ... [snip!] ... sides for a couple months. I fed Wesley off one side to start, and he didn't eat off both sides until he was like 4 months old."</blockquote>




This is the first time I heard of this..
When I was "taught" to BF in the hospital they told me to do about 15 minutes on each side. I never fed off just one breast and BF for six months

SamMarie! :) Due June 18; 32 kids; Plattsburgh, New York 1086 posts
22nd Mar '13
Quoting GL♣PK:" <blockquote><b>Quoting MommyToWesley:</b>" You could pump one side and feed off the ... [snip!] ... to BF in the hospital they told me to do about 15 minutes on each side. I never fed off just one breast and BF for six months"


Thats why i was asking, Ive only ever heard of feeding the baby off of both sides, and if you still feel full pump after..

Not Kayla 2 kids; Cold Lake, AB, Canada 33154 posts
22nd Mar '13
Quoting GL♣PK:" <blockquote><b>Quoting MommyToWesley:</b>" You could pump one side and feed off the ... [snip!] ... to BF in the hospital they told me to do about 15 minutes on each side. I never fed off just one breast and BF for six months"


That is really common advice, but it is no good. When a baby nurses for more than just a few minutes, they do it because they're hungry. Your breast milk transitions slowly, so if you only nurse them for 15 minutes on each breast, they are getting very thin milk. The thin milk works off faster, so they become hungry again sooner.

SamMarie! :) Due June 18; 32 kids; Plattsburgh, New York 1086 posts
22nd Mar '13
Quoting Kayla [:)]♥:" That is really common advice, but it is no good. When a baby nurses for more than just a few minutes, ... [snip!] ... 15 minutes on each breast, they are getting very thin milk. The thin milk works off faster, so they become hungry again sooner."


OH! I have a friend who just had a newborn and only feeds him 10 minutes each side, then gets pissed because hes still hungry so gives him a bottle, Hmm, Thanks for teaching me something lol

Not Kayla 2 kids; Cold Lake, AB, Canada 33154 posts
22nd Mar '13
Quoting SamMarie! :):" OH! I have a friend who just had a newborn and only feeds him 10 minutes each side, then gets pissed because hes still hungry so gives him a bottle, Hmm, Thanks for teaching me something lol"


My son was like that, it was really frustrating. Block feeding made my son go longer between feeding. My daughter nursed every two hours, but once I switched to block feeding, she would have went 5 hours. I make way too much milk. lol

GL♣PC♥BC Due May 5; 2 kids; Atlanta, GA, United States 9395 posts
22nd Mar '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting Kayla [:)]♥:</b>" That is really common advice, but it is no good. When a baby nurses for more than just a few minutes, ... [snip!] ... 15 minutes on each breast, they are getting very thin milk. The thin milk works off faster, so they become hungry again sooner."</blockquote>




Wow that's very interesting! I always nursed then pumped immediately after because I was still full.. But then my son wanted to eat again an hour and a half later!
I wonder if that played into him no longer wanting the breast..

Not Kayla 2 kids; Cold Lake, AB, Canada 33154 posts
22nd Mar '13
Quoting GL♣PK:" <blockquote><b>Quoting Kayla [:)]♥:</b>" That is really common advice, but it ... [snip!] ... But then my son wanted to eat again an hour and a half later! I wonder if that played into him no longer wanting the breast.."


Maybe. It could have also been a nursing strike, which is pretty common.