I am currently breastfeeding exclusively and have noticed that my little one prefers the left breast, when he latches onto the right breast there is a bit of pain in the beginning but it goes away.
Over the last few days the left breast seems to be going into overdrive. I tried to do a "test" pump a few days ago and pumped on the left whilst I was feeding on the right. I haven't pumped since (only this morning to ease some discomfort) and wondering if this has caused the overproduction.
Have noticed that little one is gulping and gagging more, as well as a lot of reflux and a few good big vomits as well.
His feeds today have been at about 4:30am and again at 6:30ish and then 9ish and 11ish - I only fed on the right side all day until about 2 pm this afternoon when I fed on the left side with a laid back position to try ease the flow. Then topped him up on the right at about 3. I have not been timing his feeds at all and have not been very good at keeping track of which breast I fed on last and starting again with the same breast - have usually been feeding him from the fuller breast.
I have been easing the fullness of my breast with a hot facecloth and massaging the milk out.
RIGHT ONTO THE QUESTIONS:
1:Should I be block feeding on the right side only - will this reduce milk production on the left?
2: How long should I block feed for on the right? And then should I block feed on the left - or feed only once on left to ease up fullness and then start block feeding again on right for a few hours.
3: How long/much milk should I massage out to ease discomfort without my breast going into production mode.
4: With block feeding my right breast is so deflated and empty - will he still be getting enough milk from it in one feed?
I think that is about it for now...hoping this boob will calm down a bit!