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Thread: block feeding and pumping at work

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    Default block feeding and pumping at work

    i am currently block feeding every 4 hours. my 11 week old daughter feeds every 2 hours. i have an oald and oversupply issues- still getting green poop so not sure if i still have an imbalance or its another allergy. my question is, how do i pump if i'm block feeding? only one side? should i just do both? theres no way i can pump every 2 hours. how should i handle it? my daughter has been fussing at the breast for several weeks and it hasn't gotten any better, hoping this won't make it even worse. i'm currently not pumping unless i miss a feeding and my husband gives her a bottle.

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    Default Re: block feeding and pumping at work

    is the only issue the green poop, or does baby have other ill effects/nursing issues from oversupply? Is the fussiness related to forceful letdown would you say, or maybe something else? Have you tried other ideas for helping baby handle the fast flow at the breast if that is the problem? Green poop alone is not neccesarily a reason to block feed and there are other ways to help baby handle the flow. Also does baby cue every two hours, or more often, or less? In other words, is the every two hours baby's idea or yours? Some babies nurse more happly if they are fed on cue rather than a scedule-even a very frequent scedule.

    How is your body handling the oversupply? If you do not nurse every two hours, do you get uncomfortably full?

    When you are back at work, how often will you be able to pump? One thing to remember is pumps are typically less effective than baby at the breast. So you will perhaps need to pump both sides each time you pump. If you cannot pump often enough for your own comfort, maybe you can hand express as needed until your supply adjusts to the pumping scedule?

    Also, when back at work, I suggest, make sure baby is fed in a breastfeeding supportive way. Often babies-particularly fussy babies-are inadvertently overfed when given bottles. see - http://www.llli.org/docs/00000000000...astfedbaby.pdf

    Two good oversupply articles- http://www.llli.org/docs/00000000000...ggrimacing.pdf and http://kellymom.com/bf/got-milk/supp.../fast-letdown/

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