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I stopped producing milk when my son was around 2 1/2. He's 3 now, and I've been thinking about our nursing relationship. He nurses 2 or 3 times a day, and asks for it probably 1-2 times more. I'm just wondering whether other women have gone through the "nursing without milk" phase and if so, for how long. Thanks!

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I don't believe I have had any milk since summer. I'm not sure exactly when. Dd (4) has slowed down a whole bunch since then but still asks to nurse. I am pregnant and she tells me she is waiting for the milk to come back and then she is going to have the chocolate milk side and the new baby can have the juice side since that side makes more milk
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We are in it right now and it happened around the time I got pregnant. So about three months.
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I would also have to say that since becoming pregnant I haven't had milk--so maybe a little less than 8 months. I think my colustrum is here though because now it seems like DS can't get enough "bilkies"--he wants to nurse anytime I am sitting or laying down and we are back to night nursing as well. I'm worried how this is going to play out once the babe is born--I guess we will have to see:

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I stopped producing milk when my son was around 2 1/2. He's 3 now, and I've been thinking about our nursing relationship. He nurses 2 or 3 times a day, and asks for it probably 1-2 times more. I'm just wondering whether other women have gone through the "nursing without milk" phase and if so, for how long. Thanks!
How do you know you aren't producing milk? I feel like I haven't had any for a couple of years but my avid 5 1/2 yo nurser assures me I do.

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You might actually still be producing milk and not realise it.

Children are experts at getting the milk, they will be able to get milk out even when a pump can't.

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I'm the same as 4evermom...it doesn't seem like I could possibly be making any milk--it doesn't feel like I am--but Sprogly says I am, and I guess he would know.
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I've never been able to let down to a pump. I discovered last night that I do have colustrum but dd tells me it is only a tiny bit.
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What makes you think you have no milk? Afaik your body doesn't just stop producing milk after a certain time if your dc is still nursing, even if they're only nursing once a day, aside from pg maybe, but even then it's unlikely you'd have *no* milk at all.
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i'm quitting mdc because mdc is unkind and discriminates against mamas with special needs babies.
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why would you nurse without milk? i don't understand...
Because my child wants to and it makes us happy.
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I stopped producing milk when dd was about 3.5. She told me there was nothing there. We were still nursing 1-3 times a day when the milk stopped coming. She has just recently (I think) weaned herself at 4.5.
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So far, I'd say about a month... but when I ask my DD if there is milk, she enthusiastically says, YES! And says it tastes GOOD. But I cannot hand express anymore, even directly after nursing, and it's still pretty darn uncomfortable, even after the initial latch (which has been the norm since I became pregnant) so I'm slightly dubious! That being said, I know babes are much more efficient at getting milk than we are (I could never really use a pump, other than the first week in the hospital - pumps are so horrible), so she may well be getting something.

Hoping in the next few months colostrum will start to come in, and there will be more milk!

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I haven't had any milk since soon after I got pregnant, so it's been over seven months now. I keep waiting for the colostrum to come, but dd assures me there is still nothing there. That doesn't stop her from wanting to nurse many times every day, though!
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Thanks for all the responses!

How do I know that I don't have any milk? Well, I guess I don't know for sure, but my DS tells me that I don't (he actually said he wanted me to go to the store and get some milk and put it in my "nursies") and I can't hand express anything - not even the tiny drop that I used to be able to. I also had many supply problems with him in the first year, although I was fortunate that I never had to supplement.

Why do I continue to nurse? Because my son wants to, and I don't have a reason not to.

Thanks again everyone for the responses! I guess I am mainly a little concerned about nursing once I get pregnant (my DH and I started trying for #2). I was soooo sick during my last pregnancy and for about the first 10 months after my son was born, everytime I would nurse I would get nauseous. I'm worried that his nursing would trigger morning sickness during pregnancy and I want to think things out in case I have to wean him.

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I don't right now... but I'm not sure how long I haven't had any. I was able to squeeze out a drop or so two months ago and now I can't... so sometime between then and now it went away. Hopefully my colostrum will come in soon. It's a little sore without anything coming out. I'm 21.5 weeks pregnant and my 15 mo dd is still nursing to sleep and when she's upset/hurt. At least 8 times a day - esp 'cause she's getting molars and had a terrible cold recently.

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with dd1 my milk stopped sometime after i nightweaned at 28mos. i was starting to ttc and wanted to get fertile again. not entirely sure the milk was gone (there may have been a few drops at a time), but i didn't feel any, and didn't hear swallowing. she continued to dry nurse until dd2 was born when dd1 was 3.5, so that's ~15mos. boy, was she happy to get milk again! (but not too happy to share it with dd2...).

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