Hi there -
My daughter is almost 5 months old. She just started sleeping through the night on and off around the same time her feedings spaced to 3 hours apart. She is exclusively breastfed (won't take a bottle of pumped milk even). She currently nurses 5-6 times per day and sometimes once in the middle of the night. Previously she had been at 2-2.5 hour feedings during the day and one nursing session in the middle of the night. Her diaper output is around 5-6 wet diapers and 1-2 poopy diapers per day.
The issue I'm having now is I'm wondering if I'm having a supply issue. I had to stop around this time with my second because my supply dropped so severely and I do not want that to happen again. I'm determined to make it to at least a year so I really could use some help. Her feedings and diaper output seems to be okay, but what I've noticed is she has gone from nursing 1 side each session to nursing both sides per session and often screaming like she is hungry. My letdown is taking much longer as well which is frustrating her and causing a lot of screaming to start the nursing session. As long as the letdown happens quick she is fairly content until the end (or when she seems to empty a side and wants to switch) I've attempted to feed her more often, but she just isn't interested.
As far as schedule...I kind of do a mix of schedule and feed on demand...where I'll feed her if she is hungry even if it isn't a "scheduled" time - essentially allowing her to set her own schedule if that makes sense.
So...between the delayed letdown, beginning to nurse on both sides instead of just one, and the screaming - I'm wondering if I have a supply issue. I want to do what I can so I don't have to stop nursing as I did with my second and I just feel lost wondering if I'm overreacting and if I actually even have a supply issue and what I can do to help so I don't dry up completely.
I would appreciate any help/advice.
Thank you so much.