For the past two days, I've been drinking barley water in an effort to increase milk production. (My doctor expressed concern about my daughter's weight gain at her 3-month check-up. Moms here helped me see that there's no real cause for alarm, but I thought drinking barley water couldn't hurt.)
Well, ever since I've started drinking the barley water, there's been a dramatic change in my daughter's sleep. Whereas she was sleeping 8 to 11 hours straight at night, she's now down to 5 or 6 hours and sucking like mad when she wakes up. I *think* her diapers are the same (possibly more than before). She's also spending more time at the breast, but that could be because I put her on both breasts now instead of one (when she first came home from the hospital, she always refused the second breast so I stopped offering it. Oops). After nursing, she does seem satisfied, but even during the day, she seems to need to nurse much sooner than before.
I read on here that there's a growth spurt at 3 months. So, can I assume this is a coincidence and the increased waking and needing to nurse is due to a growth spurt, or is it possible that drinking barley water could have decreased my milk supply instead of increasing it?
In case it's helpful, my daughter is 3 months 11 days (14-1/2 weeks), and her weight as of four days ago was 10 lbs 12 ozs.
P.S. I hope some day I'm knowledgeable enough to start answering questions instead of only asking them.