My 8mo has been breastfed from the beginning with very little issue (I count my lucky stars). We started baby-led solids at 6mo for dinner only, but started sending lunch to school with her at 7mo. She loves solids but it never affected her nursing frequency. I pump at work and get good yields so I know my supply is fine (usually 15+ oz total in 3 x 20-min pumps). During the week she usually nurses about 5 times a day, 2-3 of which are still at night which I encourage. She usually gets 4-5 x 3oz bottles in a 10 hour separation at daycare. They do paced feeding and she doesn't always finish her bottles. On the weekends she usually nurses 10-12 times in 2-3 hour intervals, it just all depends. Her sessions are usually at least 10-15 minutes long, and often she'll comfort nurse at least once a day for 30+ minutes at a time. I nurse on cue but often I offer when it's convenient, but she rarely turns it down. Diapers and gain have always been great, but she is petite.
So here's my problem: This week we went on a "vacation" to the beach with my husband's family. The baby did mostly fine, but missed a lot of sleeping and some nursing, especially those comfort sessions. By day 3 I was having a hard time getting her to nurse during daytime hours at all. She would latch for 5 minutes (at most) then do a backflip off the boppy to crawl away. I would try to reposition her and she would fuss and roll away again. I tried other positions but she was just not interested. I did notice more night waking that night with longer sessions as if she was making up for the daytime losses. We're now on day 3 of this behavior (first full day back home, although babe went back to school).
So was this just distraction from the overstimulation? We keep a very chill calm house, and the "vacation" was one small step down from total chaos. I absolutely suck at nursing in public so I always took her to a closed bedroom but that didn't seem to help.
I feel more full than normal now since she's not draining me throughout the day (today wasn't as bad since I was pumping at work). So her nursing in shorter durations is causing me to be more full, which can in turn cause her to nurse for shorter durations since she's getting more milk more easily. Tonight she was choking quite a bit which hasn't been an issue since the early days. Choking does nothing to encourage longer sessions either.
So what do I do? Pump after she barely latches for a few to protect my supply? Roll with it and hope it's just a spell? Do their habits really change THAT quickly? Like mid-day? I've tried to stay as low-intervention as possible and trust my body to adapt to her needs, but I don't want my supply to take a hit if this continues and not be able to recover.
If you've made it thru this detailed novel and are still awake, any ideas or guidance or similar experiences would be very much appreciated.