Hello mamas, I'm very concerned about my milk supply. Baby girl is 9 months 2wks. She has always been EBF. She's always gained weight with no problem. However; I've noticed within the last week n half my breast don't get hard or fill full ever anymore. I'm behind worried and freaking out WHAT DOES THIS MEAN! I'm I losing supply? No matter what even when my baby girl would eat every 2-3 hours my breast felt full as they were filling up. Yes, I've had many times when they were very soft as we'll. However, now for almost 2 weeks they are super soft. My left breast she seems to tug more, and pushes her faces completely into that boob as if there hardly milk. It seems too me as if she's trying to get milk. After a bit she will just let go. This was not the case ever before. I've always been very good putting her on the breast every 2 hrs or when ever she wanted. Which was all the time it seemed.
I'm very stressed out about this. Im not at all ready to stop Breastfeeding. Why is this happening? I've always been concerned with the whole solid food intake and concerned how it would affect my milk supply. When she was 6 months doc wanted my to give her solids 3x daily. I never agreed with this. So I didn't follow through. She was getting a bit constipated and doc had me add more fibers and juices to soften stools and make her go more often. Around 8 months I started giving her more solids 3 x daily but mamas milk first before her meals. I've still always been very worried about doing this. At the same time I'm worried that by not giving her solids I was starving her in some way. Cause when I eat something she notices. I'm very conflicted about the whole solids and how too keep milk supply strong.
Like I said I've never seen any kind of issue before everything was fine. However; the last 1wk n half, I've noticed milk supply very different. I've also noticed that my eyes have been beyond dry to the point I feel them burning. My skin on my face has looked very stressed out, and under my eyes I've become very wrinkled and crows feet. Which I never had before. I'm way too young for this too be happening. My skin has become very sensitive. This has all happened maybe roughly around 2 weeks and I've noticed the change in breast milk and feel of breast since then. Honestly my water in take the last week n half hasn't been great like usual. So, I was blaming myself for not drinking enough water. I believe I was dehydrated. I'm drinking an excessive amount of water now and they still are very soft. This isn't how they would react before. If she went longer or skipped a feeding they always would become full and sometimes leak. It's not happening now. Ugh, I want to cry so bad. Actually I've been crying!
Another issue that has completely worried me about losing supply. Since around her 8month mark. She started sleeping longer at night. She was only waking 1 time to feed. Could this have decreased my supply and now it's diminishing. Should I start waking her up like she would before too feed? Or should I start pumping at night? I honestly I'm so scared and sad. I don't know what to do. I feel completely helpless.
I know I've written a bible it seems. However; I wanted to fully explain and not forget anything. Oh one more thing. I've noticed my nipples staying hard now. And I'm not leaking when just about a week n half ago I still would leak not all the time, but it would happen. Now nothing! I'm seriously wanting to stop all solids and just EBF once again. But I'm afraid my little one will become constipated all over again. That's the only reason I've been giving solids 3x daily. Has this maybe been my wrong doing?
This shouldn't be stressing me out. I should be enjoying breastfeeding till I'm ready to stop. I just want to cry, cry. Please help!!!!