I'm the mother of a three-month old and have been breastfeeding him exclusively since he was born. Everything went really well until recently. For three weeks we've been sending him to daycare with milk that I pumped the previous day at work. I've noticed that my right breast responds really well to pumping, and the left one not as well. So what tends to happen at work is that I get 6-8 oz of milk from my right side every time I pump, but barely 1-2 oz from my left side. Probably because of the faster flow on the right side, my son has been refusing it most of the time (except late at night when he's more relaxed), and only drinks from a bottle or from my left breast. But since he doesn't get enough from the left side, we end up heating pumped milk and feeding him from a bottle. This has created a vicious cycle: my right side is always full and has a much faster letdown, but he doesn't like it, so I have to pump it to clear it even though I'm eager to feed him myself when I'm home. My left side is producing less and less milk all the time, and he doesn't get nearly enough from it. I've also found that pumping doesn't clear my right side most of the time, leaving it half-full, and no matter how hard I try, milk doesn't keep coming out after the initial 5-6 oz.
Does anyone have any advice? It hurts to see him refusing to breastfeed. I appreciate your time and attention.