I am having BM supply problems after being sick and am worried--will my supply come back or will I be forced to wean before my son and I are ready?
The circumstances: First our 15 month old was terribly sick with vomiting for 7 hrs on and off, and some diarrhea. Poor sweetie! It was so heart-wrenching to watch how scary and painful for him...The next day I had to pump b/c, although he was nursing, he wasn't as hungry as usual (naturally) and after several smaller feedings during the day my breasts were starting to hurt. 48 hrs later my husband and I simultaneously came down with the same bug our little guy had (was a horrible night where we took turns caring for our son when he woke to find us violently retching).
My stomach has been tender in the less-than-48 hrs since then, but I have been drinking as much as I can, even when solids haven't been so easy. After a day of very gentle eating, I even forced myself to eat when I didn't want to to make more milk. But even with the drinking and eating, my supply isn't coming back very well. I tried some lactation tea tonight--we'll see if that helps.
My guy is used to nursing during the day when we are together and at night. He is angry/frustrated when nursing (every few hours or more, since he is not satisfied) and clingy and timid (usually he is an explorer and quite confident). At night he is outraged that there is little milk to soothe him to sleep and when he wakes in the middle of the night. (yes, he still nurses at night--but that's for another post)...Although he normally eats solids with gusto, he is refusing a lot of foods day and night, which may still be due to a tender belly, too. At night it is extra-hard b/c we need to calm him down first and then attempt to feed him the food he is passionately against instead of his preferred peaceful-roll-over-and-there's-the-boob experience. I think combined with the disturbance of us all being so sick and his own vomiting, he is very unsettled and finds his source of comfort gone when he really needs it, as well as a favored food supply.
I am upset too! I feel like a breastmilk failure when I feel his anger and sadness and desire and I cannot give him what he needs and is used to. I wanted to wean slowly, when he and I could cut back intentionally, one meal at a time, not like this! I am worried that as his attempted sucking gets less and less focused and more frustrated, there will be less stimulation and that will mean less milk. Am I just being impatient or is it likely that my milk will come back? (it has been 2 days since normal supply) Help?!