I posted recently but the problem has worsened, and I need help, please!
I have been exclusively BFing my DD but something has changed; suddenly I'm not getting a let down and my supply is dwindling. I used to have my let down within the first 30 seconds of feeding. Then it was taking 3-5 minutes. Now I'm not getting it at all. DD gets a little milk, I know, but it's not enough. The diapers tell all, and she's starting to seem lethargic to me too. She always goes eager to the breast, but she doesn't stay on for long and I think it's because she is frustrated that the milk she is so used to getting quickly doesn't come.
I know my supply dropped when my period came back a few months ago, but I think the real kicker was when she started teething. It's like she doesn't suck hard enough and I'm not getting stimulated right.
So my doctor today recommended that I pump every 2 hours to get my supply up again, which I'm fine to do, but I don't understand that leaves enough milk for my DD? She won't take a bottle or a sippy cup, and I worry that pumping will rob her of the precious few drops she gets now. Should I be offering the breast first and then pumping after? How many times a day should I be breastfeeding at 10 months? Also, what do I do at night with feeding and pumping?! Have I unknowingly sabotaged myself because she goes so long at night (sleeps through the night) without feeding, and I should have been pumping all along? How long is too long to go without pumping?
Lots of questions, I hope this makes sense, and I really hope I can get my milk back!!!! Thank you for listening -