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The gasping and noises lead me to wonder if it's a let-down problem and not a supply problem. Personally, whenever it's been a supply problem babe sucks and sucks and then cries because there's nothing. Sometimes if the flow is too fast, though, he'll gulp and gasp. Is it possible he's just coming out of a growth spurt and he's getting more milk than he needs?
Also, he's 6.5 mos: is he maybe teething? For us, whenever anything's amiss from teething to ear infections to my period, he has troubles.
If you're concerned about supply (and it won't hurt anyways), then head to your local Walmart/Meijers and get a bottle of fenugreek. Directions are right on it, but it's typically 2-3 capsules 2-3 times a day. The rule of thumb is that you'll know it's working when you keep smelling maple syrup (in your urine and sweat). I also keep Mother's Milk tea around to drink a couple of cups here and there.
Keep us posted!