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My youngest is 2 and breastfeeding often still. I am now 13.5 weeks pregnant and have just started noticing that my milk production is down. My nipples are also way more sensitive which is hard since my dd is now nursing MORE to try to get more milk.<br><br>
Has this become a problem for anyone else? Any suggestions at increasing supply or will my "milk dry up" as one woman told me on another breastfeeding board? I am so not ready to start the weaning process...boo..hoo...
 

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My supply went down 5 or 6 weeks ago, so starting around 8 or 9 weeks. Maybe even before that.<br><br>
I think my colostrum is coming in already, though. If I express a little the milk is much more yellow & thicker than usual.<br><br>
DD was nursing more/trying to get more milk for the first few weeks but she soon became satisfied w/the new status quo. She started eating more solids (in fact, my first clue that my supply was down was when she started eating breakfast!). Sometimes I have to give her a drink of water in the middle of the night. I did that last night after she nursed for 45 minutes straight. We climbed back in bed and she was out in 5 minutes.<br><br>
I've heard of women "dry nursing" even when they lose their milk completely. Your DD may continue to nurse through the low (or even dry) spells w/out weaning.<br><br>
Suggestions for increasing supply: Make sure your fluid and calorie intakes are adequate, but don't drink too much, either. Eat oatmeal. Try an herbal tea, like More Milk II. Check out <a href="http://www.kellymom.com/herbal/milksupply/herbal-rem_a.html" target="_blank">http://www.kellymom.com/herbal/milks...bal-rem_a.html</a> for info on other herbal galactagogues. Make sure any herb you use is safe during pregnancy (fenugreek is not!).
 

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Our EDD are just a couple days apart! And my 2yo ds and I seem to be going through this exact dilemma. I know the taste of my milk has changed a lot recently, and my ds just doesn't seem as interested. Hopefully we'll get through this.<br><br>
I was told by a lactation consultant that as long as I keep my calorie intake up, keep hydrated and allow my toddler to nurse as often as he wants - the problem will resolve itself.
 

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I second the teas.<br><br>
When I got pregnant with my son, my daughter was nursing about 8+ times a day BUT she wouldn't drink. She hasn't drank at the breast since she was around 15 months old. She just kind of hangs on there. So she made my milk supply go down to almost zero with her zero demand. By the time I got pregnant I think that was the last straw, and it just completely dried up. She didn't seem too upset, since she never drank in the first place...<br>
But when my colostrum came in she dropped from 8-10+ times a day to about 3 times a day. She HATED it.<br><br>
After my son was born I became so engorged I went up to a J30. I NEEDED her to nurse, but she hated the milk. I kept expressing it (7+oz at a time! and I never respond to breast pumps!!) and putting it in cups for her but she wouldn't drink it. She went down to nursing maybe once a day, for mere seconds. I had to pump off the engorgement constantly but try not to stimulate it further. Within three weeks it was mostly gone, and she cautiously thought about nursing again. Still she'd barely suckle at all. She just uses it for comfort.<br>
When I wet nursed my friend's baby my milk started coming back, and she quickly gave it up. Now she'll sometimes go an entire day without nursing unless she gets bored (I discourage boredom-nursing and bad breast manners). So I haven't bothered to try and get my supply back up. I'm starting to think she'll self-wean before this baby is born.
 

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My supply dropped dramatically around 8 weeks. Now it's completely gone! DD still nurses a little. But it's only every 4-5 hours now instead of every 20 minutes.
 

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me too... DD is still nursing but now it's definitly more for comfort then milk. i haven't felt a letdown in a couple weeks. her appetite for other foods has skyrocketed in the last 2mo, before i got PG she was easily still getting 50% of her calories a day from nursing. i highly doubt she'll wean though, she loves her "mup". <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love">
 

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When I got pg, Ayla was still nursing probably 4 or 5 times a day. But my supply dropped so dramatically that she lost total interest and pretty much self-weaned. She'll sometimes lift my shirt up and try to nurse, but after about 3 seconds declares "empty!"... It's sad for us (namely me <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">), but I'm hoping maybe she'll regain interest when new milk comes in. We'll see...
 

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I think my supply dropped a while ago. I still have some, but not much, which is surprising becuase my 2 yr old that I thought would never wean is seeming to wean himself. He only nurses usually once a day, sometimes at bedtime & then usually if he wakes at night. The waking is amazing too because he was waking ever 2-3 hours, now he wakes maybe once or twice.<br><br>
In all honesty, and I feel bad about this, part of me (a big part) wishes he would just wean totally. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/bag.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Bag">: It doesn't hurt when he nurses, but it is the most annoying feeling. A friend who nursed through a few pregnancy descirbed it like nails on a chalkboard. I don't want to remember our nursing relationship with me dreading him wanting to nurse. Very sad, but I guess it will happen eventually.
 

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We've been 'dry' nursing for 9 months. I've only had tiny amounts of milk during that time, but ds nurses in the mornings and sometimes at night for comfort and cuddles. But even my tiny amounts of milk is gone, I can't even express a drop of milk anymore. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> I hope my colostrum comes in soon, so ds can start getting immunities again.
 

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dd isnt helping my milk supply any. She nursed every 2-3 hours last week and this week she has only nursed 2-3 times a day <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> We're taking a nursing vacation today. get some much needed nursing time.
 

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Before I even knew I was pregnant, ds would pop off and sign "more milk" while nursing. As I had never had supply issues, I was really perplexed! He didn't give up, though. There are still times when he seems to want more, but he seems to have accepted the reduced supply and still wants to nurse regularly (whatever that is these days!!)<br><br>
If you haven't read the LLL published book _Adventures in Tandem Nursing_, I highly recommend it. It is not just for tandem nursing after the baby comes, but has A LOT about nursing during pregnancy. She describes the various feelings different women have (from pain to agitation, etc.) and the reactions of different children. The bottom line is that it works differently for each mother and child, but describes many kinds of situations, so you can see that yours is normal! She also tells the physiology of WHY you do not produce as much milk, and how it is different from other low milk supply issues (so many of the treatments used for these other issues do not work in this case...) Anyway, it is a very informative book that is well-researched. HTH!
 

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I'm about 17 weeks pregnant and dd is 20 months and still a big nurser. I don't have a great supply at this point , it's dropped way down but she says there is still milk. We'll nurse until she's ready to wean on her own, and that won't be for a while I believe. Just because I don't have a lot (or even any at all) definately doesn't mean we're ready to wean. Hang in there and don't forget to offer more nutritious foods so dc keeps healthy. My dd is going to get a great surprise when my milk comes in!
 

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Yup....but I think my DD is weaning...she didnt even nurse today <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"><br><br>
As long as its HER choice..not mine...I am OK with it...
 

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my milk is almost gone...it was going down...and then last week we got an AWFUL tummy flu and i could not hold down water!<br><br>
since then, it is almost gone and when i look at my nipple when she is done, it does look like colustrum..she just says (they are empty?!?!?)<br><br>
i am sure she will want to nurse again when the baby comes and the milk starts flowing again.<br><br>
maybe not though, which is fine with me...she is 2.5 and a great eater<br>
if she is done, then i am fine with that.<br><br>
i am 17 weeks by the way
 

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My dd has finally night weaned, but she still nurses a lot during the day. My nips are so so so sensitive, that I let out a hsssssssssssssssssssss when she latches on. This is exactly how my other 3 weaned though; they could tell that milkies hurt mommy <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> I don't want Indigo to totally wean, but I know my milk supply is down b/c I'm never engorged anymore.
 

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I honestly do not know if my suppy has dropped or changed.. Vivi still nurses all day and at least once or twice at night. It HURTS when she latches on, but I just kinda breathe through it. I really do not want her to wean yet <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"><br><br>
I haven't noticed her eating more solids ( she is a good eater AND a great nurser).. I hope it isn't too upseting to her if my supply does start dropping soon.
 
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