Long time reader, first time poster here.
My DS is 8 months old. We have never had any breastfeeding problems and everything has been going great, until last week. I nurse on demand when I am with DS and pump at work 3 times a day (8 hour shift) to provide bottles for daycare. Starting last Monday, February 24th, I have noticed my pumping output cut almost in half. This seemingly came out of nowhere. I have always had a great supply and have never had trouble pumping enough for DS, in fact I usually had a small surplus each day that I was able to add to my freezer stash. Now I am not able to even pump enough for the next day's bottles and have had to use frozen milk every day this week and last.
I was using the Ameda Purely Yours pump. I replaced all of the parts and that made no difference. I then went and rented a hospital grade pump from the local hospital and still no change in output.
I was very sick with a head cold these past two weeks, which has finally went away. My appetite was drastically reduced and I have lost about 5 lbs. I made sure to stay hydrated though. Could my reduction in calories cause this?
Also, I did take one dose of Phenylephrine because of my severely congested nose. Could this one dose have caused this drop in supply?
Is this just the dreaded pump slump that I have heard about?
I am so worried that my supply will not return to what it was and that this could lead to early weaning. DS is not sleeping as well because he is up all night wanting to nurse. He also has been more fussy recently, but I can't say for certain it is related to my supply.
Any advice is welcome and appreciated. Thanks in advance.