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Day boob / night boob(4 Posts)
Breastfeeding 13 week old DS and all has been fairly good. He's pretty much had a permanent cold since he was 9 days old which has caused us some feeding issues due to him not being able to breathe through his nose. This resulted in him gulping in air, spluttering etc. We dealt with the windy baby stuff, but just recently his nappies have been green. Not just a bit green but really green. Like evergreen!
I looked it up and have spoken to HV and we have agreed that it may be too much foremilk and not enough hind milk. Now I haven't changed our feeding habits so I can't understand how this has happened but then yesterday I just fed him all day from 1 boob and then all last night from the other boob. Today we have yellow nappies again!
Is this the future for us now? One boob for day and the other for night? Has anyone else experienced similar?
It's called block feeding. One for day and one for night is a bit extreme though! I had to do it with DD and I've had to do the same with 5 week old DS. I just put him back on the same boob for a couple of feeds so probably swap every couple of hours.
The foremilk and hindmilk theory has been disproven by quite a lot of BF experts but block feeding helps with an forceful let down and/or oversupply which will have been causing your DS to gulp and splutter.
When I say disproven, they've changed their thinking on it so it's about regularly emptying the breast to get the fat to move with the milk rather than there being a distinct difference between foremilk and hindmilk.
A breast feeding consultant told me to think of boob 1 as your starter and main course. Boob 2 was desert - sometimes you want none, a little or a lot. Then next feed start on boob 2 - for starter and main course. Back to boob 1 this time for desert. And keep moving around like that. If that makes sense.
She said if they kept doing very short feeds and bobbing on and off, offer the same side for 2 hours before changing to the other side. This was within first 4 weeks.
She also said to squeeze a few drops of milk into a muslin before latching the baby on, so the nipple area was softish and the baby could latch better without a sudden letdown. When the nipple was too hard to attach to properly.
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