I've been nursing my daughter on demand for a little over 11 months now. She started solids around 9 months and I guess my supply adjusted accordingly. Everything has been fine until now. Last night she didn't seem to swallow as much or as long as usual and went to bed unsatisfied. She nursed once or twice during the night (like always) and this morning my milk wouldn't let down after 20 minutes of sucking...about 10 min. on each breast. I fed her a solid breakfast and when it was time for a mid-morning nursing, it wouldn't let down again.
I could be pregnant, but it's too early to know....so I would think too early for my supply to be affected.?. My period returned about 2 months ago (when she started solids). When it did, I experienced nipple pain like you would not believe! Then I got another period, no nipple pain that time. Now I had the nipple pain again for about a week and no period yet....could it be pregnancy related?
Finally, it just let down, but it was very little and again she was not satisfied.
As far as I know, nothing has changed with my diet or hydration. That's why I'm thinking pregnancy.
I am feeling an overwhelming sense of not adequately providing for her right now and I think the guilt makes everything worse!! I've tried taking a few deep breaths and forgetting about it.
My initial goal was to nurse until her first birthday. It's been so wonderful for us that I've concluded that I would breastfeed for an extended period of time....and now this. If it is pregnancy related, will the supply come back? If it isn't, what's going on? Sorry so long!