No, no, no. You're not drying up. (For Jenn)
I have seen a lot of posts lately from moms wondering if they're drying up because:
1. The baby is crying and fussing
2. Their breasts do not feel full
3. They aren't pumping 10,000 ounces
Please note the following:
1. Babies cry and fuss. It's their job.
2. Breasts are NOT SUPPOSED TO FEEL FULL. Breasts are machines, not storage facilities.
3. What you pump is NOT an indication of how much baby is getting. There is no pump in the world that can work as well as a baby.
4. Your milk does not dry up in one day. Or two days. Or a week. :)
The ONLY sign that your baby is not getting enough milk is a DECREASE IN DIRTY DIAPERS.
What goes in must come out.
Keep track of your baby's diaper count. If there is less than 4-6 dirty diapers (content does NOT matter) in a 24 period, there MAY be an issue.
What constitutes "dirty"? Pour 4-6 tablespoons of water into a clean diaper. THAT'S a dirty diaper. You can count a REALLY wet diaper as two.
There are SO MANY NEW MOTHERS that THINK they have a supply problem, when they don't. :) Then they start to supplement, which leads to a decrease in supply!
We are all here to help each other, and the best way to do that is to:
1. Dispel the myths
I NEVER would have made it as far as I have (4 years, 5 months, 25 days and counting) without this group, and I hope everyone feels that way.
Your supply is fine IF the diaper count is fine. :)
The ONLY indication that you are not producing enough milk for your baby is a decrease in dirty diapers. What goes in must come out. Period. End of story.