Oversupply of foremilk and pumping?

Heather - posted on 09/03/2009 ( 1 mom has responded )

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I'm dealing with a foremilk/hindmilk imbalance and I read the sites.. I understand the block feeding. Which we just started yesterday. However, I'm back to work and I usually pump both breast twice a day while at work and then feed all evening/night and in the morning before I leave. Will pumping at work screw up this block feeding? And how do I go about this? Pump both twice a day (as I was before) or pump 1 in the morning, and 1 after lunch? I also have been really trying to make sure that when I pump I'm massaging and emptying my breasts totally.. I just don't know how to do the 'block' thing while pumping? Any ideas or suggestions? Thanks!

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Minnie - posted on 09/03/2009

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I would pump just as you would block feed while breastfeeding. Massage your breasts to elicit a let down, pump for a few minutes, rest, shake your breasts downward to help with the milk ejection reflex, massage some more to get another let down, pump for a while longer. That way you'll get lots of the fatty hindmilk (especially if you can elicit multiple letdowns). Make sure to pump as much on one breast as possible to drain it adequately before switching to the other.



It's the same idea, it just may be a bit more work for you while pumping.

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