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So, I am still working on getting the hang of all of this. I had an engorgement issue early on and ended up feeding off of one breast and pumping the other one until wee man would latch on again.<br><br>
The way he is feeding now, I have been using one breast per feeding and pumping about an ounce out of the one that is not in use. I am wondering if I could skip the pumping and just alternate breasts with each feeding without becoming engorged? Do you guys offer both breasts at each feeding? I have not had much success when I tried as if I fed for 15 min on one and then tried to switch, he would not usually be interested in the other. When he has nursed on both, I had some issues with foremilk imbalance and he had a lovely projectile spit up shortly after.<br><br>
He only feeds from anywhere from 15-30 minutes every two hours. I wake him to feed him and have a bit of a hard time keeping him awake for feedings. It seems to be working OK though since we are exceeding our diaper quota.<br><br>
How long did your guys feed at a week old and how often? And how on earth do you breastfeed a newborn without the use of a supportive pillow or boppy?
 

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I feed my guy one breast per feeding. He nurses for about 10-20 mins every 2-3 hours. So far I haven't become engorged on the side not in use. If you can skip the pump, I would! It's my understanding that keeping the baby on one breast allows them to get the hindmilk at the end of the feeding, which is higher in fat and calories.<br><br>
ETA: I also fed my daughter the same way. One breast per feeding. She breastfed for 16 months until my milk dried up during this pregnancy <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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I only offer a single breast at each feeding-I've never had any issues with engorgement. I've always seemed to adjust to supply/demand fairly quickly.<br><br>
He averages between 2 1/2 to 4 hours between feedings at 16 days...but he just had a growth spurt, and I think that's why he was eating so often.<br><br>
I can actually get away without using a boppy when I nurse in bed sitting cross legged,...but I think that's because he's my 4th, so the girls have moved quite a bit further south than they used to be. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> Besides that, I usually need a boppy all the time. I actually have 2, one is a boppy, and one is a cuddle U.
 

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I've always just done one side at a time and it balances out fairly quickly.
 

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I fed my DD on one side each feeding. I had major engorgement/oversupply/overactive letdown in the beginning and one side at a time helped manage all that. Try skipping the pumping and your body should regulate itself in a couple of days. If you need, use the pump or even hand express just to relieve the engorgement.
 

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What she said!
 

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I have always done one side at a feeding too...seems more natural to me. Can't imagine how you'd keep going once you were done with one side.
 
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