Hi all. I'm 20 weeks pregnant and nearly positive that my milk has dried up. DS is 19 months and is only nursing once per day (his choice, not mine) and has been doing that for the last few months. Occasionally he'll ask to nurse before bed, but it's almost exclusively a first thing in the morning routine now. This pregnancy was a surprise, and we didn't intend to try for another until DS was 2 because I wanted to make certain he got at least 2 years of breastmilk. I knew that bm often dries up or changes in taste during pregnancy and I didn't want to risk that happening. But, of course, I can't do anything about that now (not that I regret this pregnancy by any means, its just that it wasn't my plan). My question is, then, is there anything I can do to bring my milk back safely during pregnancy? I tried making him nurse more frequently and he wasn't having any of that! I will, of course, talk to my midwife (who is also a LC) before making any final decisions, but I'm hoping to hear some ideas that I can discuss with her. Also, if it turns out that nothing can be done, what should I give DS as a substitute? Or does he even really need anything extra? He eats very well, very balanced most of the time, so I don't think there is anything lacking there. I attempted to discuss this with his pediatrician but she was really of no help. She recommended whole milk, but I don't really feel comfortable giving him that, seeing as how it is meant to grow a 1000lbs, small brained, four legged animal, not a human. No offense to those who drink milk, I just have a personal opposition to it.
I apologize if this is a common question. I did a search but couldn't anything that answered my question exactly.
Thanks so much.