Hi ladies. I know I've posted about this before, but I guess I need a little more reassurance. DD is almost 5 weeks old. Diaper output great. Born at 7 pounds, 8 pounds at 2 weeks, and 9 pounds, 2 ounces at 4 weeks. I know I have some OALD (a whole other story) and perhaps a little oversupply (she doesn't always take both breasts)...not sure. Anyways, we've had a few nights like last night where DD will go down for bed around 10pm, wake to nurse around 1:30am or 2, back to sleep, then wake around 4:30am or 5am and act hungry but latch on and when the milk starts flowing screams and refuses to nurse (not sure why, either OALD or not hungry and just tired and wanted more sleep?). Last night, at the 2am feeding, she nursed on the left side (i offered the other but she refused and passed out). Since she refused to nurse when she woke around 5 (DH ended up getting her back to sleep as I was getting frustrated) she slept until I woke her around 7am. So the right breast went from 10pm to 7am with no stimulation. Is that OK? Should I pump when this happens? It didn't feel too full, surprisingly. It worries me that this will decrease my supply. She sleeps a lot during the day and I wake her to nurse every 2.5 or 3 hours with varying levels of success .
For what it's worth, with DS I ended up exclusively pumping from about 6-12 months. By the time I stopped, I'd gone several months without pumping at night and would go almost 12 hours without pumping overnight and would get almost 8 or 9 ounces from each breast in the mornings with no effect on supply. But I felt really full then, too. I suppose I'm comparing apples to oranges though as these are different situations.
Just needing some guidance as how to handle times when she refuses to nurse when the previous feeding was only on one side...It makes me feel anxious and want to pump to maintain supply but this could be all in my head and unnecessary. I guess I'm having trouble trusting nature...
Sorry so long. Thanks!!