My baby is 7 months old. I went back to work 20 hours/week when she was 4 months old, at which point she was sleeping in a pack n play in my room. I would bring her into my bed around midnight. After that, she would nurse every two hours or so until 7am. This worked okay some nights, but if I was particularly wakeful I ended up getting very little sleep. She also woke 1-2 times between her 7:30 bedtime and midnight. My bedtime is 9:00/9:30, so I was spending the entire evening going back and forth soothing her to sleep then, too.
After a few months of this, I was getting really haggard for lack of sleep. I couldn't go to bed earlier because of the early evening wakings, and I often couldn't sleep well through the night feedings. in addition, co-sleeping doesn't work for my husband so we have slept separately since D's birth. We had discussed sleep training as a way for us to eventually share a bed again, and because of my lack of sleep I was ready to try it.
Now, after some sleep training over the last month, D goes to bed at 7:30 (i nurse her right before bed, sometimes to sleep), wakes at 2:30 for a big feeding, and then wakes at 6:45 or 7 am, when I feed her again. I am so happy with the amount of sleep I am able to get!
But it seems that my supply has gone down. When pumping at work, I no longer get 4-5 ounces, each pump is more like 3 or maybe 4. She is eating more during the day than I can replenish. I have always had just barely enough milk so am worried.
Poop/pee: she has one BM a day, but sometimes skips a day or even two. plenty of wet diapers each day - 5 or 6?
Frequency: i nurse about every two hours or on demand, no set schedule. She nurses from just a few minutes to 30 min if she is relaxing and reconnecting after work or before bed.
Solids: we are giving her a few tablespoons of food at dinnertime but she feeds herself so really does not consume much. Started that at 6 months.
Weight:she had gained in percentile at 6 mo checkup, up to the 70s for weight. But I swear she looks a little skinnier now!
So my question -- is the partial night weaning contributing to my dip in supply?