I apologize for the length of this, but I am at a loss as to what to do, and so upset. My son is 6.5 months and weighs almost 16 lbs (was 8.1 at birth). He has been doing fine on his growth charts to date. For the last week and a half, nursing and pumping sessions have been a nightmare. I work full-time and nurse him right before I leave at 7, he gets two 4.5-5 oz bottles while I'm gone and I nurse again as soon as I get home around 4:30-5 (I pump at 10 and 1:45 every day).
I used to pump about 4 oz. each session and now am lucky to get 2-3. I feel like I'm barely able to keep up with him for his bottles now and my freezer stash is quickly depleting. I've tried fenugreek and power pumping, but no change. I had AF last week, and it is now over, as I know that can affect supply.
Also, every nursing session only lasts 4-5 minutes. He will start on one side and suck for 1-2 minutes and then start pulling off, relatching, pulling off until he is arching and screaming, so I switch sides and he is fine for another 2-3 minutes, only to repeat. Sometimes, on the 2nd side, he chokes and pulls off coughing, then relatches. I do not know if this is oversupply, overactive letdown or what, but it has been a week of this behavior at every session. He also used to STTN, but the last few nights has been up 2-3 times during the night. Not sure if this is a growth spurt and/or teething as he is constantly gnawing on everything and seemed to be in pain in the middle of the nights with his gums. However, he seemed content (talking, cooing, smiling) after each session and would go 3+ hours in between with good amounts of wet/poopy diapers. However, last night he went from 11-8 with no wet diaper, even though he ate at 11:30 and 3:30. When he woke up at 8 to eat, he was still not wet...I fed him for only 4 minutes, so supplemented with formula
I do not want him suffering. I do not know if perhaps my supply really is dwindling. Starting last night, I pumped after every session. I know nothing to 1/2 oz. is considered normal, which I got 1/2 oz each time. This morning, he only ate for 4 minutes so I pumped while my husband gave him the 2 oz and I still only got 1/2 oz. I don't know if this is normal, but I've always heard that your supply is more abundant in the morning, so I would've thought I'd get more. I'm sure his super short nursing sessions aren't helping if I am having a dip in my supply. I used a Medela PISA pump, and may call to troubleshoot just to make sure the pump is okay. I really, really don't want to stop BFing, but I am so upset and don't know what to do. Any help would be hugely appreciated - TIA.