I am breastfeeding my 4.5 month old, and have had what I consider a non-abundant milk supply...started out very strong (oversupplied I think) but these days I feel like I have *just* enough, if that. My son cleans me out at every afternoon feeding, often switching back and forth between breasts to get those extra sips that letdown while he was feeding on the other, especially at the last feeding of the evening. Since I was so used to having *lots* of milk, I am probably extra insecure about this feeling of empty breasts all the time...ugh. I do know I established a strong supply.
Anyway, my lo sleeps 12-13 hours at night, currently w/ one feeding about 10hrs after he falls asleep. I'm concerned about infrequency and effect on supply. My LC assures me that at his age I am safe to go with his rhythm and going this long between feedings won't cause a problem (and I really suspect he is moving toward sleeping the whole 12-13 h w/out eating). But I'm not convinced! Any opinions? I had been pumping an extra time before I went to bed just to make myself feel better, but my LC thought this might actually be hurting my supply by being out of sync with him, so I've quit.
Another question...I am FULL by the time he feeds at 3am, after his last feeding at 6-ish pm. I know the rule is 'finish the first breast and offer the other', but he only eats off of one; the 2nd one becomes *really* engorged if I just relieve the pressure and let it go til 6:30am when he eats again. Is it a really bad idea to have him take some off of both breasts? I get so much more sleep that way, feel better about the long time between nursing, and don't have to spend time pumping or expressing in the middle of the night. Since I've dropped the extra pumping at night and he's recently dropped to just this one night feeding, I'm *really* full at that time and am scared silly that my body will get the signal to stop making milk and I'll swing too low (which I think has happened to me before).