My LO has just shuffled things up a little for us, and I'm trying not to worry. Up until a week ago, he used to feed vigorously every 1-2 hours during the day, and every 3-5 hours at night. Recently, he has begun sleeping for longer stretches at night - up to 7 hours, and then when waking, he's not really interested in feeding. He feeds half heartedly for about 5 minutes, and then I can't get him to continue beyond this.
I always try again in 20 minutes to get him to feed again, and he's still never interested. He's still producing sufficient diapers, and I guess in total for the day I'm feeding him about 8-10 times, though before I used to feed him 10-15 long times, and now they are so short and spaced out it's hard not to worry (with the exception of a couple of hours of cluster feeding that occurs between 8-11 each night).
My left breast subsequently never feels really full anymore. Last night I went 12 hours without feeding on it, and this morning he would only nurse on it for 5 minutes. It feels fairly empty. My right breast is doing well however, and he seems to llike that one a bit better feeding for 10 minutes on this side. I think I need to up my supply on the left side, however what is the point in doing this if he has no appetite?
Last night, for the first time since he was a week old, he woke at 4am for his nightly feeding and wanted to stay awake and play. Granted, he was all smiles so who could resist, but normally he goes back down to sleep after 1-3 nightly feeds for a total of about 10-14 hours of sleep each night. In 12 hours, he only fed for 20 minutes total, and this morning when he awoke, he's only fed for 10 minutes (and I had to struggle to get him to take that!).
My question is, should I be worried about his lack of appetite even though he is still happy, alert and active?
Should I be trying to increase my left breast supply, or should I just let him do the work when he demands more milk?
Thanks for any advice you can offer!