Hello! My son is 2 weeks old and has been nursing very well (gained over a pound already, pooping and peeing a lot). We feed on demand and he never goes more than about 2 or 4 hours without showing signs of hunger (usually the longer stretches have been at night). Sometimes he feeds much more frequently.
When he was 1 week old we spent 2 days in the hospital for very high bilirubin levels (20.6 at admission). During that time I was able to nurse every 2-3 hours (the rest of the time he was under the lights and on a fiber optic blanket). The doctor had instructed to supplement with expressed breast milk after each feed (15-20 mls each time). I only had to pump a few times at the hospital, but each time I got between 4 and 5 ounces total! After we were discharged from the hospital we no longer had to supplement with the expressed breast milk.
The problem is that now I think I have an oversupply. I haven't been pumping in the last week, so I'm not sure how much I'm producing, but my son seems to gulp a lot and will usually only take one breast per feeding. I have been alternating breasts each feeding, and try to offer the other one, but he refuses most of the time.
I don't want to perpetuate the oversupply, but I also don't want to ruin normal production. Is it ok to continue one feeding from only one breast each feed? Or should I work on a different plan? I don't know if I'm being too careful or not! I had a very bad breast-feeding experience with my first, and wasn't able to produce after 3 months. I'm trying my best to avoid making mistakes this time around!
Sorry this is so long!