Hello everyone, I'm new to the forum.
I am exclusively nursing my 3rd child, 3 months old. Everything has been going very well with our nursing until the last few days. She (and I) got a cold 5 days ago (after my second child had it for a week) and that seems to have thrown things off. The first few days of her cold she would nurse at regular 3 hour intervals during the day, but her sniffly nose made her much less effective. In retrospect, I should have pumped after those but didnt (since I was feeling icky, too). Now we're both doing better illness-wise but I think that my supply was impacted quite a bit from the cold.
I'm concerned because for the last two days now (now that we're both feeling better) her nursing pattern has been very strange. Yesterday, she nursed at 9 am as usual. She should have eaten again 3 hours later around noon but I offered the breast to her but she was not interested at all. She wasn't upset -- she just wanted to smile at me instead of eat. Then at 1 pm I tried again and she still wasn't interested in eating (she'd suck once or twice, then pull off...I'd put her back on and she'd suck again briefly then pull off), but she was still very pleasant. I forced it for the next hour or so (which made her upset) but she still didn't get much. Then she fell asleep. I pumped after that and got next to nothing (probably stress...). I expected her to wake up again in an hour or so to eat but she didn't. She finally awoke around 6:30 and ate pretty normally. Today, we had a very similar pattern -- normal morning feeding and then strange behavior in the afternoon. Again, she wasn't upset but I am worried that she's not getting enough. Tonight she awoke at 6:00 to eat (after 4 hours) and it seemed like I had very little volume for her. She did pull away and cry at this point, which I interpret as her frustration that she's not getting anything. She immediately went into a deep sleep -- so now I get worried that she is getting dehydrated or something but I am probably just getting myself worked up. I haven't noticed any real change in her diapers but havent been weighing them or anything. But once again I pumped and just got drops on both sides.
Anyway, my questions are as follows:
Is it possible that my supply would really have dropped that dramatically so quickly? How long does it take for you to "dry up"?!
As long as she's pleasant, do I need to worry whether she's getting enough? Or can pleasantness mask something like lethargy or dehydration?
Should I wake her to eat in the night if she doesn't wake on her own? (she's sleeping from about 9 pm to 4 am).
Any suggestions on how to keep her on the breast if there isn't really anything coming out?
Just a few other points of context. My first child I pumped exclusively for 7 months and was always able to produce enough. My second child I BF exclusively for a year, though I did take domperidone for a large portion of that time.
Phew, now that my novel is complete, any suggestions?
I hear her waking up so I'm going to go try again!