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Old 03-06-2013, 02:26 AM   #1
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will oversupply ever ease?

LO is only 4 1/2 weeks old, but I feel I'm, drowning the poor kid! I just started block feeding and after about 3-4 sessions, I pump the opposite side and then switch sides. This seems to be helping as he's not gulping so much to start with and eats more calmly and is satisfied just as long, if not longer between feeds. So my question is does it ever even out? I get rather lopsided, but am trying to pump as little as necessary, each boob is only pumped once a day and I get 6 or more oz, I usually don't completely empty when I pump.

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Re: will oversupply ever ease?

Lord I hope so but 8 weeks in with 2nd DS and so far I'm still too full. I never pump though because even a little bit of "extra" stimulation is telling your breasts to make more milk.
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The less you pump, the faster it will get down to "normal".
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I pump the opposite side and then switch sides. This seems to be helping as he's not gulping so much to start with and eats more calmly and is satisfied...
Try not pumping, latching him on, and when your milk drops pull him off and use a cloth to catch the spray. When your breast stops spraying latch him back and he should be able to nurse without "drowning"
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Re: will oversupply ever ease?

How long are you block nursing for? Some women find if it doesn't seem to make difference, they go for a longer amout of time, within reason.
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Old 03-07-2013, 02:07 AM   #6
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Re: will oversupply ever ease?

I go about 3 feeds for block feeding, each is about 3 hours apart, so that's about max for me. I was wondering if when pumping the opposite breast to pump only until it's a bit less full, not empty? I have been emptying the full breast after the 3rd feed on other side and then next feed I'll use the pumped breast and start feedign from that side for a while. I'm still not sure if I can go without any pumping, or I'd still have to express manually before I could use the full breast for feeding. I do think things are slowing down a bit, so I wonder if there will be a time I can just switch sides each feed or do some time on each breast per feed. I'd like to not constantly be lopsided!
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I have a 4 month old and we had issues with over supply until about a month ago. He even had the green frothy poop to prove it.

I block fed at home as best I could but it didn't really help. I'm a work out of home mom so I pump 3 times a day and the scheduling actually helped me feel less full at night. My guy still sometimes gets a mouthful if it has been more then 3 he's since he last ate (like that middle of the night feed), but I let it spray into a towel and continue.

Hope it evens out for you soon!
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Re: will oversupply ever ease?

it should but use manual pump or haned express.i have hqard & fast letdown.... 3rd baby more so....boy....
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Re: will oversupply ever ease?

Yes, pumping to "comfort" is different than pumping to "empty." You can pump to comfort, just to relieve the pressure.

Something that may be worth trying now is Full Drainage and Block Feeding Method (FDBF). Here is more info on that: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2075483/ Basically you do incorporate pumping, like pumping-to-empty, to help resolve the issues.
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Re: will oversupply ever ease?

I've been block feeding for 5 months!!! never pumped not once. I think oversupply will ease with some depending on why you have it. In my case i think I have a high count of milk glands, I can nurse on one side for 12 hrs!!

I know its very frustrating, but I will say this that if your supply doesn't ease up, it will get easier anyway because the older your baby gets the better they will be able to handle your supply.

Hey I'll just say it, I'm a sprayer. Meaning I shoot milk out like a fire hose , I've hit my husband sitting 2 feet away on a good day. My baby went from screaming and crying because I sprayed him the face to laughing about it,so it does get better.
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