My LO is 4 weeks old. I have been block feeding for a few weeks now, but have recently changed from offering one side 2-3 times in a row to watching the clock at doing about 4-6 hour intervals. My first question, with these intervals of time we are ending up on the same side at the same time of day. For example we are nursing on the right side from about 12a-4a and left side from about 4a-8a...then we fall into this same pattern the next morning...will this cause my left side to produce less during the majority of the night (12a-4a)??? Isn't there a way to block feed to make things a bit more even...so we are on the left at this time during the next night. I hope this makes since.
I am also curious as to when the engorgement will subside...or is this just something that comes along with OS?? After 4 weeks my breasts are always tender and sore, and become itchy once they get engorged...is that normal? If offer the right side at one feeding and the left at the next my breast do not have time to become engorged...with block feeding I am leaking all the time and pretty uncomfortable.
Finally, how can you tell that block feeding is working? How do I know if my intervals of time are working...maybe I need to shorten or lengthen? How soon before I notice a difference? And how can I tell if things are different? I know a lot of questions!!!!!!!!!! Thanks for any help or advice you can offer.
Oh one more...my DD has never had any green stools, just really explosive and gassy yellow/orange seedy. Is the explosiveness from the OALD?? Will that subside? Does OALD subside when the supply decreases? She seems to be handling the OALD pretty well...if she does come off she wants right back on right away even though I am spraying everywhere! I have actually noticed she is so used to the immediate let down that if she actually has to suck two or three times before it occurs she is fussy and impatient. Has anyone else experienced this?