I'm so exhausted. Emotionally and physically. My entire family is exhausted. I am marking the days off on my calendar until she's 12 months. She's 4.5 months.
She's been nursing in her sleep well the last week. And I'm getting 8 - 10 feedings into her each day. But because I don't know what her normal habits are at this age, I can't follow her cues. She's not cueing. She's not demanding. Maybe I'm feeding her too much in her sleep?? I will admit that on the days I hit 10 feedings, I feel like a million bucks for being able to feed my breast-refusing striking baby 10 times in her sleep. And as a result, 8 feedings leaves me feeling a little bummed.
Because this weekend she's popping off in her sleep when my milk letsdown. So then an hour or so later, I nurse her on the same side in her sleep. Same thing. She nurses through the beginning of my letdown again and then comes off and I'm spraying everywhere. [sigh]
Is it possible I'm overfeeding her to the point that I'm overstimulating my supply? I do think she will have gained 2 lbs in a month. Is that above average? For a 4 month old?
I have started leaking again some.
Also, she's really fidgety and bouncy and kicky, so I went off caffeine wondering if that would calm her down. I only have one 32 oz. soda each day. MAYBE two, but almost always one each day. It's been a couple of weeks with no caffeine and now I'm kinda wondering if the lack of caffeine has somehow boosted my supply?? Is that absurd??
I also take 4000 IU of Vit D because I have dark skin and we don't get out each day since I'm stuck at home waiting for her to fall asleep to feed, and I don't want to give her drops. I take Omega 3s and my regular ol' prenatal. The Vit D and the Omega 3s are new. Would any of these be bumping up my supply??