Yesterday, 12:21 PM
Yes. This is great gain, as in it is normal gain, and not slow, nor, particularly FAST gain. So there is no reason to nurse baby more often in order to increase weight gain rate. I agree with that. BUT breastfeeding is a two way street. If a mom is feeling overly full between nursing sessions, if there is over production, if there is a plug, and if there is fast letdown, nursing more often almost always HELPS. And it won't change your baby's gain, certainly not dramatically, because baby will simply take less each session. More often does not mean wake baby every such and such hours. It means, nurse going not only by your baby's cues but ALSO by how YOU feel-your body's cues. It means, offer as needed, even if that means waking baby sometimes, or offering in baby's sleep. Baby may not need the more frequent sessions, but YOU might.
The reason I pointed out that the gain was not particularly FAST is because block nursing (which reduces milk production) is not suggested UNLESS baby is gaining particularly fast. So basically, while I think you probably have some overproduction going on, in this particular case block nursing may not be appropriate.
Relax, yes. Your baby is doing great and for the most part breastfeeding is going well. Icing of course is fine, if it helps. You can also take an otc anti inflammatory (motrin/advil) if you are so inclined. And I do agree it is important to work on the engorgement. But when she says work on the engorgement, what is she...