DS will be 8 months old a week from today. We have had no supply issues, even when I pumped/bottle fed for weeks 5-ish-9ish due to painful thrush. Well, we did have a little trouble keeping up, but I took Reglan and ended up making way more than he was taking. Anyway, he's had reflux issues that we finally have worked out, but that did cause him to not nurse when he was hungry because he was in so much pain. And I'd be overly full/leaking due to it. I did try to pump during those times but never wanted to create oversupply as I end up with OALD when I do that.
Right after we got the reflux meds adjusted to where he was doing great, he got a bad cold and didn't eat much at all....again leading to me being overly full/leaking. Found out he had an ear infection and the pedi guessed that's why he wasn't eating as he normally does.
A week later, went to the pedi to have his ears checked because he was still fussy/tugging on that ear and his ears were fine, however he has two bottom teeth coming in.
Now, due to the reflux, he's never slept long at all. Some nights never longer than 20 minute at a time. Once the reflux was better, he would sleep 1.5-2 hours at a time. That was just 1-2 weeks before the cold/ear infection. Now he's back to being up every 20, 30, 45 minutes, sometimes every 1.5 hours.
I keep telling myself it's because of not feeling well, but now I'm second-guessing myself. Here's why: I used to pump when I worked during the day 12+ ounces and he'd take exactly 12 ounces (3 4-ounce bottles) and every now and then just 8 ounces. There has only been two times that work was where I couldn't pump as frequently and I pumped about 8 ounces those days. That's been a couple months ago.
The last two weeks, I'm not able to pump 12 ounces a day. I'm doing good to pump 10 and the last two days it's been 8-9 ounces. I'm doing nothing different.
So, do you ladies think maybe my supply has dropped and that's why he's up all night trying to eat? He has wet diapers (IDK how many and I know I should be keeping track of it) and he has dirty diapers. He's gaining weight okay per his pedi. He was 8 lbs 11 oz at birth and is now 17 lbs a week before his 8 month. He has never eaten more than one 4-ounce jar of baby food all day long and it's usually more like 2 ounces of baby food. He's not a big eater and likes the baby food but seems to get full really fast which is fine with me. I have ALWAYS nursed him on demand, even all night long when he wants. I thought that would ensure my supply would be fine!?
What do you-all think? What should I do? I'm going on almost 8 months of sleeping no more than 1-2 hours at a time, usually WAY less! I haven't let DH do nighttimes because it doesn't make sense for me to get up and pump and both of us have to be up, kwim? But I can't keep going like this!!!!!! I'm feeling like crying the last few days from the exhaustion!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I just want to sleep! I just want him to sleep! I just want to KNOW he's getting enough and that's not why he's up all night! I need help!