Yesterday, 12:12 PM
OK, well, I don't know what to make of those suggestions.
As far as I am aware, based on several resources for info, there is one and only one purpose to block feeding, and that is in order to reduce milk production. Thus, it is not appropriate unless production is so high that it is causing mom or baby oversupply related issues (mom severely engorged, baby overwhelmed by fast flow, for example.) AND baby is gaining very fast- much faster than average. But as you can see from the Morhbacher article, there has been a rash of this suggestion given for other reasons- usually due to "green poop" and sometimes because it supposedly means "more fat" in the milk. But in fact, if you understand foremilk/hindmilk issues, you know that block nursing (Going an artificially long time between nursing on a particular side) would not likely mean there is "more fat" into baby overall. Here is why: yes, on the side baby IS nursing from during the block, (assuming baby is still nursing frequently overall) there may be more fat the second time, third time etc. baby nurses in a row on that some side. A little more. But then when baby switches back to the 'blocked' side, there would be an increase in foremilk-so, a LESS fat, at that feeding. So at best, I would think that would be a wash-No harm, right? But no, because there IS harm because block nursing reduces milk production!
And green poop can be entirely normal and certainly is not a good reason to block nurse.
If they mean...