That was all just backstory, though, and what I'm really worried about is what seems to (maybe paranoid, hormonal, first time mom) me to be a sudden, insane drop in supply. Yesterday I was engorged, leaking, and even when I used the nipple shield, it was often full of milk when I peeled it off, and milk would be leaking from baby's mouth. This morning, baby ate every fifteen minutes from 8:00 to 1:00, and when she finally fell and stayed asleep, both of my breasts were empty and soft like they had been before I gave birth. And they don't seem to have filled back up. Baby has eaten several times since then and seemed more or less satisfied, on a more normal 2-3 hour schedule, but I'm not leaking from the not-in-use breast, they aren't even a little bit hard, and when I tried to pump, just to see what would happen, I didn't even get enough milk to cover the bottom of the bottle. I can't hand express a drop. Two days ago I pumped a half ounce just to relieve the pressure in the breast baby didn't take for one feeding!
I know that your breasts adjust to baby's demand for milk, but it's way too soon for that, right? I couldn't find anything that said this was normal, and our latch problems wouldn't have caused this drastic change, right? Anyone experience anything like this? Most women need breast pads for months, it seems. I realize it's only been a day, but I need to be able to feed my baby, and I'm really freaked out.