Mya is 6-1/2 weeks old and I thought she was going thru her 6 week growth spurt because she began nursing approximately every one and a half hours instead of every 2 - 3 hours, and sleeping more than her current "norm". This is what I expected and thought was normal. That was yesterday. Today she is nursing every one hour or less. I usually pump a little after each feeding to build up a good supply of EMB in the freezer for my dreaded return to work the week after next. But now there is nothing to pump. She just went from my left breast to my right, and got really fussy and stopped eating... that is, she kept going back to the breast only to pull of and cry. So, I squeezed my nipple to express a bit of milk to tempt her and there was nothing. My husband is now giving her a bottle that she is drinking happily and I am trying to express some milk using my Medela Pump in Style Advanced and after an initial few drips at max suction (maybe 1/8 of an oz) I am getting nothing. I have made approximately 5 attempts at pumping today and gotten just a total of 2 oz so far all together. Usually I am able to easily get 5 to 8 oz throughout the day.
I feel totally empty and sore and have not *felt* a letdown all day. My dd is not dribbling milk as she normally does as she drinks, has not spit up once today, (usually spits up at least once or twice after every meal except middle of the night feedings) and is having slightly fewer wet diapers than usual... like, 4 to 6 so far today instead of 8 to 10. Her poops seem to be consistent with her current "norm" of 2 to 3 throughout the day. I know that a growth spurt will cause more frequent nursing to increase milk supply, but this seems to be causing the opposite effect of DECREASING my milk supply.
I am not taking any medications, am well hydrated, and except for deeply dreading the return to work am not under any stress. Is it possible for a womans milk to just dry up? I'm trying not to worry, but I am still worrying. The only thing that is keeping me from really worrying, is that after she nurses she does seem satisfied as she drifts off to sleep - at least for the 30 minutes or so until she is hungry again.
Is it possible that my milk is going dry? If so, why would it happen and is there anything I can do to reverse the process? I need help here, asap!
Thank you very much in advance.