Some background...my child is 8 1/2 months old, was exclusively breastfed until 6 months when he started eating some solids. I nurse on demand, so he drinks milk all day long when I'm with him and when I'm at work he drinks a 5 oz bottle of BM every 3-4 hours. I'd say he drinks about 25 oz a day.
My left breast has always produced less milk (which I know is normal) and so I always offer it to him first. Until recently he always nursed on both sides, starting with the left. Recently, he has been spending less and less time on the left side. Even when there is milk coming out of the left breast he just gets tired of it and wants to switch. And especially at night before bed he's been spending almost no time on the left. He has a cold right now and I think he can breath better when he's lying on his left side- nursing on my right breast- so maybe that has something to do with it? Although this started before the cold...
Now I've noticed that when I pump I'm getting less and less proportionally out of that breast. It used to be that when I pumped I'd pump about double from the right breast. Now, I pumped this morning and got 4 oz out of the right and only 1 oz from the left! And for the past few nights the baby has not wanted to nurse at all from the left breast before bed. Its as if he's weaning from the left breast!
So obviously the less the baby wants to eat from the left breast the less it will produce. So my questions are:
1) Why do you think he avoiding the left breast.
2) What can I do about it? Aside from pumping my left after he eats each time...not feasible at this point.
3) If I stop producing from the left breast will I still be able to BF for the indefinite future?
I really really really don't want to stop BFing yet. I know people who have only nursed from one breast ever so I assume its ok. My right breast already seems to be making up for it. I pumped more this morning than I usually do from just that breast. But I was hoping to continue BFing at least at night and in the morning after he turns 1yo and I just wonder whether this is an indication that I won't last that long.
Thanks for your insights.