Re: block feeding & refluxing after switching sides
I did block feeding with my little refluxer until he was old enough to tell me when which breast he wanted . I found that, in terms of the timing of it all, I just had to experiment a bit to find what suited us best. At its worst, I had to express a little milk before every feeding no matter how long I had been block feeding on one side, but eventually my body worked it all out, and we've been happily breastfeeding for a long time now.
Also, my DS would often reflux during feedings, especially at the beginning. At some point I actually heard fluid coming up as he was beginning to nurse, and I imagine the meeting of fluid coming up and going down is quite unpleasant. I think that reflux and OALD combine to make a challenging nursing relationship sometimes. I found that careful observation and experimentation worked well for us.
Hang in there!
Mama to Lorenzo, born 4/25/2007. NICU graduate, Gastro-Esohapgeal Reflux, Obstructive Sleep Apnea, Sensory Processing Disorder...alive and thriving thanks to breastfeeding and co-sleeping.
Those who say it can't be done should not interrupt the person doing it.