I have finally hit another bump in the road of my nursing relationship with Iris. The first was my "flat nipples" which was cured in a day. The second was hit-or-miss ability to pump enough milk for Iris when I was away from her working (I could often be seen feverishly pumping milk minutes before I had to be out the door in order for her to have enough to eat while I was away) and now it's becoming pregnancy-induced supply issues. Grumble grumble.
For a while I was sure my supply actually increased. My boobies grew, anyways, and Iris was nursing like a madwoman. It at least seemed like there was more than enough to go around. These days, the boobies seem to be telling a different story. Iris has taken to asking for "that one?" after nursing one side, so I will shift her to the other. I am beginning to think it's because she hasn't gotten enough. In the past few days I have tried to express milk by hand. I don't get the long gushing streams I used to get, but now, not even a drop. Not a single drop. Not even after Iris has just finished, when I could ALWAYS get some milk to express. I may be more in tune with it in the last 24 hours because I just got home and was extra freaked that I damaged our nursing relationship by being away from her for a day and a half. She seems fine, still wanting to nurse as normal.
I just wish I could A) tell if she was getting enough milk (meaning, enough to satisfy her) and B) if not, what can I do about it? I emailed my naturopath to see if she has suggestions for increasing supply while pregnant, I'll have to wait and see.
Has anyone else gone through this? Did you struggle to keep up your supply so as to not prematurely end the nursing relationship? I really don't feel like losing supply due to pregnancy translates to child-led weaning, which I am striving for. Anyone have any thoughts on that, as well?