Re: Block Feeding How To
It's not easy! Oversupply and allergy are easily confused and can co-occur. I think the best way to determine what is going on is to first evaluate the baby's symptoms. If you have a happy, healthy baby who is growing normally and whose only issue is weird poops, then you're probably looking at oversupply rather than allergy, provided you have an oversupply. If your baby has weird poops and isn't growing well, or is constantly miserable, has frequent sleep disturbances, or who has a lot of other allergy symptoms (e.g. eczema, asthma), then it's more likely that you're looking at an allergy/intolerance.
1. How to tell if it's an allergy or OS issue. She is congested a lot, had a bad bout of baby acne, no blood in stools (tested at pedis) just green/mucousy poops, not fussy at all, sleeps 6 hours at night and takes 3+ hour naps
The second step is to try to eliminate oversupply as a variable. Oversupply is much more common than allergy and is therefore a much more likely cause of green and mucousy poops. If you have conquered the oversupply completely and you are still seeing poop issues, then it might be time to try a dairy elimination. But IMO an elimination diet is something you want to do only if the baby is unhappy or not growing well or has other health issues. Elimination diets are not fun and usually not necessary.
Even with oversupply, you can expect a mix of short and long feedings. The fact that your baby can get a full feeding in 5 minutes certainly does point towards oversupply, though.
2. She mostly nurses in 5 minutes but LOVES to comfort nurse when time to go to sleep. I've read OS babys won't nurse for a long time but she will nurse for hours until she's asleep.
I wouldn't say that comfort nursing "hurts" the block feeding. It may mean that it will take somewhat longer to completely eliminate the oversupply, but this is NOT a problem compared to the alternative, where you deny the baby her comfort nursing and try to soothe her with other, much less effective techniques!
3. Does the comfort nursing hurt the block feeding? It's the only way to get her to sleep
Block feeding is an art, not a science. Instead of block feeding by the clock, go by how you feel. If you feel like the baby isn't getting full off the breast you're feeding on, offer the other side even if it's not yet "time" to do so. If you feel like one breast is getting too uncomfortable, switch sides even if the clock says "not yet". At night, I would go solely on feel. If you are okay just doing one side for 6 hours, and baby is okay with taking just one side, do it that way. If it's too uncomfortable or baby isn't loving that approach, switch breasts.
4. She sleeps 6+ hours at night how do I block feed with those stretches? I'm doing 3 hour blocks so if she sleeps through a block do I go back to the last breast she was on and skip the other one totally for hours?
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