DS will be 5 months old on the 19th of this month. He has had 2-3 times where I guess it was a growth spurt, he'd want to nurse literally every.single.hour on the hour day/night for 3-7 days, then things would go back to normal, so to speak. Well, well over a week ago, he started not sleeping at all at night! I mean we see every single hour all night long and he is just restless, not sleeping at all. He has always been a fast nurser, usually 8-15 minutes at the very longest. He's not super fussy during the day and he's not fussy at night, just restless at night. He nurses and then goes right back to sleep.
Our pedi told me at his 4-month appointment, that was actually this week because we're a bit behind, that there's no way my milk is able to keep up with him, that it takes time for your milk to come back in after it's emptied. PLEASE, someone, anyone, tell me she's wrong and that he is getting nourishment when he nurses!!!!!
Here's what I know: He has plenty of wet/dirty diapers; every single feeding, I check my breasts by squeezing and milk freely comes out, sometimes squirts out if he nurses just 3-4 minutes when he comes off; he goes to babysitter's about once a week and I always pump more than he takes in; he's gaining fine according to the pedi, he was 8 lbs 11 oz and he's 14 lbs 11 oz now.
All of that makes me think he's getting plenty and it's not a supply issue, but everyone I talk to (who, honestly, doesn't know much about BFing) seems to want to blame these issues on BFing. BTW, that truly does gripe me!!!! I mean, if he was formula-fed, what would everyone blame all his problems on?????
Ladies, I'm EXHAUSTED!!!!! I'm so tired I want to cry!!!!! Am I doing something wrong? I've tried co-sleeping, as that's what we've done with my DD since she was born (she's 6 and decided to start sleeping in her own bed recently, lol), but he doesn't want to sleep while being held!!! He loves to be cuddled but when he's tired, he wants to be put down! I've swaddled him, he sleeps in his swing. From about 6 weeks to 13-ish weeks he slept 9-10 hours a night. I knew then that that probably wouldn't last, but I'd kill for a good 3-4 hour stretch!!!!!!!
Is there a way I can check/tell if he's not getting enough and that's why he's hungry acting?
Before Christmas, we both had a nasty cold virus. He didn't eat a lot then and I ended up pumping between feedings because I was afraid of my supply going down. I was pretty sick, too, and tried to stay hydrated but did take Sudafed and Benadryl at different times 2-3 times. But that was a couple weeks before he started this, so that couldn't have damaged my supply, right?