I'm a first-time mom and my son is four months old. Despite my hectic schedule, I've managed to breastfeed exclusively. I feel like that is such an accomplishment. Before he was born, I told myself that I wanted to attempt to breastfeed and it was very hard work at first. I shed ALOT of tears, but it has been well worth it and I wouldn't trade the bond that I have with my son for anything.
My son gets bottles at daycare and I pump while I'm at work....usually twice a day. Last week, my son came down with a virus and I was fixing to pump around the time the daycare called to inform me that he was sick. I didn't take the time to pump because I wanted to get him and take him to the doctor. So, I went about 6 hours without pumping. Ever since then, I just feel like my supply is low. Normally, I would start feeling full after 3 hours or so....and I would feel the letdown too. I'm not having that now. When I do breastfeed my son, I feel the letdown and usually leak a little on the opposite breast....and I'm not having that anymore. After going some time without pumping or feeding, I usually start to feel uncomfortable, but that hasn't been the case the last week and a half. So, I'm beginning to be concerned about my milk supply. Do I have reason to be concerned?
FYI, with us visiting family today, I took bottles of BM and decided to pump. In one setting, I pumped about 8 ounces....so that makes me feel somewhat better, but I still feel concerned. Should I be?