I am a first time mom with a 10 day old son. We got off to a pretty good start nursing. My left nipple doesn't seem to protrude as much as my right, even with a little stimulation. The lactation RN at the hospital said it wasn't inverted. This has led my son to prefer the right side more. He will spend less time on the left, not suck as vigorously on the left, and not stay awake and alert on the left, like he does on the right. After my milk came in, there was a large size difference between L and R. I have been using a hand pump for a minute before he feeds on the left in order to draw it out a little more. This gets him to latch easily, but still the overall nursing time on L and R is dramatically different. I sometimes pump with my hand pump on the Left if he doesn't have a good feeding.
Any tips for getting him to latch better on this side? Should I be worried about my supply on the left? Should I keep pumping? Other thoughts and tips?
Also, if my son feeds for more than 30 minutes on one side and seems sleepy, should I stop him or let him keep going? One feed lasted 45 minutes on one side the other day. Not sure if he is getting anything after 30 minutes or so?