I wanted to try block feeding my 4-week-old DS in 2-hour intervals as I have an oversupply with my breasts almost always feeling engorged. So, I understand the basic concept of how to do it, but still am a little confused.
To start with a "clean slate," I pumped at around 9:30 p.m. last night for 20 minutes, after DS was down. He then woke up and nursed at 2:00 a.m. on the left, so 2am-4am was for left side only. (However, he only nursed very briefly on the left at the 2 a.m. feeding b/c he was so sleepy.).
Then he was down until 5:00 a.m. So, does the right side's block go from 4am-6am (starting when the last block ended), or from 5:00 a.m. (the time he was ready to nurse) until 7:00 a.m.?
In the first scenario, since he woke up at 5:00, there is only 1 hour left in the 4:00-6:00 block for me to nurse on the right side.
In the second scenario, there is a full 2 hours for the right side, but then the left side won't get nursed again until at least 7:00 (and possibly later), which is then 5 hours (or more) since I nursed on it last. And because the 2:00 a.m. feeding was very short, I'm already feeling uncomfortably full and leaking on the left. I know I can pump a little to relieve discomfort, but then that stimulates more milk to be produced. I'm also using ice packs to help relieve some of the swelling.
Thanks for any advice on this!