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I'm 12 weeks pregnant with our second child and my son just turned 2 a few weeks ago.   Until last week he was nursing maybe 3 times a day plus naptime, and every few hours at night. Suddenly now he wants to nurse EVERY HOUR during the day and night. I can handle it during the day for the most part (and sometimes I can distract him) but nighttime is driving me crazy and I'm exhausted.Is it normal to have a drastic increase in the amount of nursing when you are pregnant? I thought that toddlers usually nurse less because there is less milk.... is it just my sensitive little guy's personality? Have others experienced this?

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Bumping this up! Anyone have experiences to share?

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I found the opposite to be the case: the toddler nursed more when there was less milk. I suspect it was an attempt to increase the supply. I found this also happened with both of my kids when I could tell that my body was gearing up to ovulate: they would nurse more and put it off for a few more days.

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Have you increased solids and other liquids since your milk supply has dropped?  That might help a bit.  I'm 10 weeks along and my just-turned-2 year old is also nursing a bit more during the day but I believe it's because I night-weaned her a week ago.  The night-weaning went really well (thankfully because I couldn't handle the aversion I was having a night) but I think she is making up for it during the day.  We just recently introduced an "almost done" warning followed by a 3-2-1 countdown to allow me some more control over ending daytime nursing sessions.  Prior to being pregnant she was nursing anytime, anywhere, on demand.  I would also suggest reading the book Adventures in Tandem Nursing if you haven't already - it might give you some tips if you'd like to implement some limits with your toddler.  Best of luck!

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