Re: BFing leaving me feeling depleted
Mama, I am sorry you're feeling so worn out and stressed. Since your doc ruled out medical issues- whch was smart, because often the issue is a bum thyroid and not nursing- I agree with scienceteachermommy that the probable problem is calorie intake, and perhaps stress as well because you obviously have a lot going on in your life that is weighing on you. Most college students don't have core for anything more demanding than themselves, a Facebook account, and maybe a potted plant. And when I was in college, I killed a lot of potted plants! (I thought my ivy plant would be fine if I went away for 3 weeks. Who knew it couldn't survive with no water for that long? )
I don't think you need to stop nursing unless you want to. But night-weaning seems like a good place to start- check out the Jay Gordon suggestions, and also Elizabeth Pantley's book "The No-Cry Sleep Solution" for some approaches that may help with your nighttime issues. If that, plus increased calorie intake doesn't help, then revisit the nursing issue again.
One thing I don't think you need to worry about is producing enough milk. It sounds like your body takes the milk production thing so seriously that it is burning up all your fat reserves in order to make sure your baby gets fed. So if you don't want to supplement with formula, you probably don't have to.
Coolest thing my big girl said recently: "How can you tell the world is moving when you are standing on it?"
Coolest thing my little girl sang recently: "I love dat one-two pupples!"