Re: Overactive let-down and clogged ducts on one side
As the PP said, you want to be cautious with block feeding. It is possible to reduce supply too much. You also do not want to leave the left side completely unused- maintaining some milk flow through that side is important to preventing plugged ducts and mastitis. So please do nurse on that side at least some of the time.
1. I have been trying the block feeding method since last afternoon to reduce milk production on my left side. I have only been feeding on my right because of which my left side is hard as a rock and hurts a lot. Is this the right approach? Will it cause more clogged ducts? What do I do next?
Nursing exclusively on the right could result in increased production on that side. But I wouldn't worry about this too much. Managing oversupply is an art, not a science. So if nursing more on the right results in increased production, you can always go back to what you were doing before.
2. Will the above technique cause my right side to produce more milk and eventually lead to clogged ducts?
You should be experiencing less engorgement/fullness, and your baby will finish one breast and still be hungry.
3. How will I know when to stop block feeding? Will my left side soften? Will the clogged ducts resolve themselves?
The clogged ducts may or may not resolve. It sort of depends what is causing them- is it latching problems? Is it blisters? Is is the overproduction itself?
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