What is it?
Block feeding involved only offering one breast for a 2-3 hour block of time. Traditionally, it is recommended to feed from one breast, burp the baby, and then offer the other breast. However, while block feeding only one breast is offered, for how ever many feedings or however long baby wishes to feed. This type of feeding pattern provides benefits for mother and baby.
Benefits of Block Feeding
- Baby receives more hind milk, which has higher fat content and can help boost baby's weight gain
- Can help regulate milk supply if the mother is experiencing oversupply
- If mother wishes to pump for a freezer stash, and oversupply is not a problem, then one breast can be pumped while the other is being offered for nursing.