Re: 5 weeks, green frothy stools during day, occult blood...
It is better to nurse more frequently when you are dealing with oversupply (OS) and overactive letdown (OALD) which is commonly associated with OS. The short feedings are common with OALD. Short, very frequent feedings will help allieviate some of the gas and get a better balance of thinner and fattier milk than longer, more infrequent feeds. My son was feeding about 5 minutes (he determined how long to nurse) on one breast every 1-2 hours and didn't have green poops as often with that pattern.
Do you have other symptoms of oversupply (painful engorgement, plugged ducts, etc.)? If not, I wouldn't get overly aggressive with block feeding. I started out nursing on just on breast per feeding, but switching breasts for each feeding. Increase to one breast every 2-3 hours if that doesn't work after several days. Proceed from there.
Nursing in a reclined position worked much better than anything else for me. I would lean back on a few pillows, put my son on my stomach or chest, and let him latch. It can take a lot of tweaking the position to get it to work for you, but it saved our nursing relationship once we got it down.
I also needed to give a tummy massage and bicycle my son's legs between every feeding to work out the gas incrementally through the day.
I don't have much experience with allergies, but it seems like that would show up in morning poops as well as later in the day - but maybe I'm wrong. What you describe does fit with OS/OALD though. Try the laid back nursing and see if it helps.
Last edited by @llli*phi; June 29th, 2012 at 04:02 PM.
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