Ugh, I've gotten myself into this annoying cycle at night and I'm worried that I'm going to cause my supply to decrease.
My left breast has always producued more milk, more quickly than my right breast (it was like that with my first DC too). I try not to favor the left side, and during the day I'm able to switch the starting side with every feeding, pump if DD refuses the second side, etc. to keep things "even."
Nighttime is a different story though. When I go to bed I intend to alternate starting sides throughout the night, but my left breast produces so much more that it always feels uncomfortable by the time DD wants to eat (because she goes longer stretches at night), so I end up starting on that side and then often she'll fall asleep and I can't rouse her to eat from the right side. And I'm way too tired to get up and pump when that happens, so sometimes the right side won't be used all night long. I do feed her from that side first thing in the morning, and either feed her or pump from both sides throughout the day, but I'm worried that this nighttime habit will cause a supply dip.
Do I need to suck it up and get up to pump at night, or is it okay to go for a long stretch at night without emptying milk from one side?
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