Up until the end of last week, breast feeding was going fantastically well. My milk came in around day three or four and Brody was doing an excellent job. His latch was good, though we had to work a little at first to get him to get enough into his mouth, and he got the hang of things right away. Right around Thursday of last week, my supply dropped a good bit. I remember this happening with Knox (we fixed it with more pumping and nursing), so I tried not to worry. However, when we went to the doctor and I found out Brody had lost an ounce, that started me worrying, whether I wanted to or not!
I did take one Benadryl (for the ridiculous foot rash) last week about that time, so I wondered if that had anything to do with it, but certainly just one pill wouldn’t have zapped my entire supply like this? Up until today, Brody has been pooping and peeing the right amounts, probably even more than he “needs”, with about 6 to 8 seedy mustard poops a day and then an additional 4 to 5 wet diapers on top of that. Today? He’s had a good six wet diapers but only two poops, and they were drier than they have been, so I’m getting concerned. He acts like he’s starving all of the time, I keep nursing on demand and have started pumping after each feeding to try to boost my supply back up to where it was. This morning, I got two ounces after feeding him but by tonight I’m getting nothing after each feeding, and I feel like Brody is getting less and less and is totally unsatisfied. I have no idea what’s going on.
He’s a very sleepy eater, also like Knox was, but he eats very frequently, and with his “output” being so good, I figured he was efficiently nursing. Today is the third day of me trying to nurse more often with no improvement, hence me adding the frequent pumping into the mix. I’m eating three meals a day and snacking, drinking lots of water, am reasonably well-rested and I ate two bowls of oatmeal today. I am at a loss here! I am planning on calling and visiting the lactation consultant in the morning and hope that she can help me. At least she can weigh Brody before and after feedings and let me know how much he’s actually taking in.
I have lost weight really quickly this time, even though I am eating a LOT all the time. I’ve already lost 25 pounds since his birth, so I don’t know if that’s had an effect on things? I’m grasping at straws, here, but I am getting myself so stressed out over this!! Breast feeding is super important to me, and I hope to do it again for a full year, so this is really throwing me off and making me so upset! I know he’s going through a growth spurt and is going to be hungrier than normal, but I just don’t think he’s getting enough, and I do not like the feeling of not being able to provide for him!
I just keep praying that I’ll wake up tomorrow with full boobs again! Come back, milk supply!!
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