Ok This may get a little long and I apologize, but I really could use some help/advice.
My LO is 7 weeks old. She was born with a bubble palate and had jaundice. I worked hard on getting her to latch on to my breast but she had a very hard time because of the palate issue. She was able to latch more easily to a bottle. So to help with the latch issue and help the jaundice, I started pumping as soon as my milk came in. Luckily, it came in quickly. As she has gotten older she no longer has the latch issues and we breastfeed very easily. However, I continued to pump because I am currently a grad student and had to go back to school when she was 5 weeks old so I was able to leave her with breast milk. During the first month I was able to store enough to last through the semester so that I no longer HAD to pump.
However, I have been very lucky and my LO is an excellent sleeper. She has slept 5+ hours straight every night since she was 2 weeks old. So I would pump after her middle of the night feeding. That has been the only time I have pumped because she was going so long without feeding and it gave me what I needed while I was gone. So now that school is over and I am not having to leave her with anyone and I have a freezer full of stored milk, I want to drop the middle of the night pump. I wake up and my breasts are engorged and hurt so feed her and then pump. I am having to pump to keep from hurting but I don't want to have to pump. I am worried about messing up my supply also because sometimes she sleeps longer than 5 hours stretches. Does anyone have any advice on how I can drop the middle of the night pumping without hurting my supply?