Hi ladies. I'm a first time mommy with OS and OALD.
I have been block feeding (2-3 feedings per side, 2-4 hours from start of one feeding to start of the next) my six week old son for over a week.
However, my supply does not seem to be going down. On the contrary, I have been dealing with engorgement for 4-5 days now. This is longer than the engorgement I had when my milk first came in (only about 2 days then). I have been quite consistent about doing multiple feedings per side in a row, although not consistent about how many, exactly; basically I stay on one side for 6-8 hours unless the other side becomes engorged enough to hurt without being touched. Sometimes I have gone and stood over the sink (with my torso horizontal) and simply allowed the pressure of the weight of my breast to cause a letdown, until it stops spraying and just drips.
About 2 weeks ago I was afraid we could have thrush because I was having stabbing pains that seemed like needles were traveling from my nipple up the duct paths all the way to my chest. It stopped/got better (which I understand thrush does not do), and looking back I wonder if some of it was the LO clamping and pulling while sucking that caused some of that pain. But, now I seem to get prickly pain in the middle/core of my breast and from the middle of each breast to my chest on the outside/skin side - i always have to check and see if LO's fingernails poked/scratched me or if it is just a pain inside my own body (usually just my own body, but that tells you what it feels like). These are more likely to happen when I am fully engorged.
The baby does eat enough to soften me up in one feeding, and by the end of the first feeding, if it's long, or by the second feeding at least, I am seeing the opaque white hindmilk, and my breast is niiice and mushy, so that's good.
The past two days he's been eating closer to every 4 hours instead of every 3-4 hours. Sometimes at night he'll make it 5-6 hours, sometimes only 4. He is gaining weight fine (I wonder if it's too much too fast, he's almost 11 lbs at 6.5 weeks but was 6 lbs when we brought him home from the hospital!) But, aside from gassiness that just won't go away (not shockingly), he is actually a very good, happy baby.
SO ANYWAY.... I'm not pumping. I'm block feeding. I'm not feeding too close together. SO why isn't my supply going down? !! Can anyone help me?