Hi Everyone - new here! My daughter is 5 weeks old and we are EBF. We had a bit of a rocky start as she was in the NICU for her first week and due to her treatment was fed via IV for the first 72 hours. Luckily, despite this, she has a great latch and BF has gone fairly smoothly since then. She's been gaining steadily (from 8 lbs to 11 lbs) and has consistent wet/dirty diapers. Apologies in advance for being so long winded.
Our biggest challenge has been dealing with OALD and I've been block feeding and using gravity to help based on recommendations from a LC for the past two weeks, which has seemed to help. My question is about overnight feeds - so far, she's been a great sleeper, and has been doing a 5-6 hour stretch to start. We have to wake her 3 hours later to give her meds, but my suspicion is she would do another 5-6 hour stretch if we didn't wake her (she eats and goes right back to sleep for another 3 hours after her meds).
She's going off her meds next week and I'm wondering if she does do another longer stretch, how will it impact my supply given that I'm block feeding/assuming that she only continues to take one breast per feeding at night? Basically it would mean that I would go almost 12 hours without feeding from one breast (and 8ish hours without feeding from the other breast). Beyond the discomfort of being full, would it make my supply tank? Any thoughts on how to best manage this? Should I be doing something different at night and just block feeding during the day? Am I totally misguided in what I'm doing?
TIA for any advice