July 28th, 2015, 12:39 PM
My baby is 5.25 months old and I have been back at work for about three and a half weeks. I pump 3 or 4 times while I'm at work, and I send 13-14 oz. to daycare (we're apart from 7-6). We nurse at 7 am before going to daycare and as soon as I am home at 6, as well as at bedtime, and for at least one, but usually two, additional MOTN feedings. Baby is gaining well, though his gain has slowed down in the last month as he's gotten more active (and now he's trying to crawl! at 5 months!). His poops and pees are fine.
This last week, my supply was GREAT -- I was pumping plenty at work, and some extra over the weekend when the baby unexpectedly slept through the night on Friday. But then Sunday, I came down with some kind of tummy bug -- I wasn't hungry, wasn't keeping liquid down, etc. It only lasted about 12 hours, and I did my best to stay hydrated, to avoid a hit to my supply. I pumped once on Sunday after taking some Pepto (just in case) and got almost 4 oz. (and the baby only ate 2 oz., from my stash).
It's now Tuesday, and my supply has TANKED since then. Baby is much more fussy at the breast, pulling at the nipple and beating on the breast with his hands; I'm having to switch sides every couple of minutes to keep him latching on. My letdown seems slower. And my pumping output at work is dropping -- yesterday (Monday) I got 12.8 oz. over four pumps -- which is totally respectable, and seemed like a good sign to me! -- but then today, I'm getting less than 3...