Re: Single side feeding and managing outings
Single side feeding is a type of block feeding. When you're doing single side feeding, it can be hard to know when to switch- is an hour too short a time, or too long? How about 45 minutes? I think it's one of those things where you shouldn't get too hung up on getting it right. You don't need to be perfect every time in order for block feeding to work. For me, personally, I'd offer the same side if the last feeding was less than an hour before, and see how it goes.
It's very normal for babies to feed at irregular intervals, and that can be challenging when you're trying to schedule appointments and things like that. When my kids were young, I either took them with me to appointments or made sure my husband came with me. It doesn't take that long to get your hair cut or see a doc, and if you nurse the baby right before your appointment and then your husband or mom or your babysitter takes the baby for a walk, you're unlikely to be interrupted. Most babies are less demanding of the breast when in public- there's so much interesting stuff to see! But if baby does need to nurse, then you just nurse in the chair or in the office. Car journeys are kind of the same- nurse before you leave, hope for the best, and if your baby needs to nurse, pull over and nurse her. Have you tried nursing in public (NIP) yet? It can be challenging with OALD- my LO once pulled off the breast and milk went squirting everywhere just as the rabbi of our temple walked by, ! But there are ways to NIP discreetly, even with OALD, and we can give you tips if you're interested.
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