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Huh. I've never heard of this before. Wonder who thought that one up? I have seen good things on Kelly's page, but this is bad advice to give as a cure-all for sleep "problems." What age baby is it supposed to be for?
In the evening hours, say from 4 PM on, most mom's milk supply is naturally lower and higher in fat, IN BOTH BREASTS, than earlier in the day. Many many newborn's nursing patterns refect this, as they will nurse almost non-stop for a period of 3 or 4 hours, sometime in the evening hours. Right side, left side, 10 minute mini-nap. Right side, left side, right side again, fuss for 20 mins, be happy for 10, nurse again, and so on. Limiting a newborn to one side only (unless you are SURE you have the overactive letdown, foremilk/hindmilk imbalance problems) could have a bad effect on your milk supply.
As you sleep, your body rests and gradually your body starts to get in line to producing the "morning milk," which is higher in water and sugar content. but how in the middle of the night are yo going to determine this? If you are only giving one breast all night, you may get painfully engorged on the unused breast. Which could lead to plugged ducts or mastitis.