I spent the last 2 months pumping extra milk for my now 7 month old. I was away from him for 5 days/4 nights. He had plenty of milk for the duration of my time away from him. (He is still 100% breastfed - very stubborn when it comes to the transition to solids)
I brought a pump with me so I could maintain my supply while away from him. Long story short: the pump did not work. I manually expressed milk the entire time I was gone, though not nearly as much as he would have consumed during that time....enough to keep me from being engorged and presumably enough to keep the milk flowing.
I've been back for about 36 hours now and my supply is severely diminished. Baby's overnight wet diaper was hardly wet at all. I know he's not getting enough milk and I am scared that my supply is depleted forever, long before he or I is ready to stop feedings.
Other than putting him to breast frequently, what can I do? Is my milk gone forever?