My baby is 9 1/2 weeks and my supply has suddenly dropped significantly. I think it is a combination of the supply regulating and maybe a growth spurt following illness on her side, but it seems supply has overregulated and i am suddenly suffering from undersupply? is this even possible from one day to the next?
i had major oversupply/engorged breasts/OAL etc the first 8 weeks. a week ago baby fell ill with fever and slept most of the day, so she drank significantly less, but only for 2-3 days, then went back to normal. I also had fever for a couple of days after but milk supply was fine. I was getting worried as I didn't get any sleep and had fever but it seemed ok. On Sunday afternoon when i fed her it was still too much milk, I only needed one breast per feed (as I have done block feeding for the last weeks) and she was very full and content after the feed.
On Sunday evening I had a glass of champagne for a celebratory dinner and after when I was going to do the evening feed I realised my breasts hadn't refilled at all. There was hardly any milk (maybe 80-100ml or so but definitely absolutely not enough to get her to sleep. she finally slept by about 1am or so after i kept switching from one breast to the next.
yesterday i expressed 120ml in the morning from one breast which was quite easy and made me think there was no problem after all - but then she woke up early and wanted to feed again, i kept switching from breast to breast and it just wasn't enough, so i ended up giving her 40ml from what i had expressed and kept 80ml as a top up for the night. despite this top up and constantly feeding from both breasts, it was absolutely not enough and again she was up till after midnight, and fell asleep more from exhaustion than bc she wasn't hungry anymore.
so this morning i expressed 190ml from one breast on two sessions (i know - makes you think there is no issue of supply but trust me!) and she slept well in the morning so the breasts should have had time to refill. I have already had to use 40ml as a top up again and only have 150ml as a top up for the night.
I am getting very worried about my supply. it seems like except for the morning, the rest of the day there absolutely isn't enough milk. Is it possible to go from oversupply to a lack up supply in a matter of days when milk regulates? I am extremely tempted to buy formula to have an emergency supply in the house but also don't want to go down that route in case this is a growth spurt.
i am trying constant feeding, eating and drinking a lot, resting etc but i still feel like supply dries up in the evening. what can i do? should i go to the doctor?