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Ds, 18 months will not nurse. It's been a few weeks now and he just will not nurse no matter what. I decided to try pumping to see if I can at least get something into him that way but my milk will not let down. It actually hadn't let down in quite a while when ds would nurse so I don't know if there is any hope. I pumped 10 minutes on each side and got just a few drops. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> Is there any hope? How can I get my milk(if there's any left!) to let down?
 

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What a dedicated mom you are! 18 months is a hard time for a nursing strike. Have you tried everything on kellymom to lure back to breast?<br><br><a href="http://www.kellymom.com/bf/concerns/baby/back-to-breast.html" target="_blank">http://www.kellymom.com/bf/concerns/...to-breast.html</a><br><br>
It's certainly worth a try. How long have you been trying to pump? I would try several times over several days. Have you ever tried to pump before? It certainly is a different, learned skill.<br><br>
Here's some more hints:<br><br><a href="http://www.breastfeed-essentials.com/breastpumpingtips.html" target="_blank">http://www.breastfeed-essentials.com...mpingtips.html</a>
 

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I would say yes, try a different pump. I'm pumping for my preschooler, I don't feel a letdown anymore but getting a lot of milk.
 

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Ds is a bit tough because he has sensory issues and does not like being held much and especially not cuddled. He doesn't like to be worn in a sling and will not let me rock him. We don't co-sleep.<br><br>
I really don't see any hope of him actually latching back on because he is just so incredibly resistant. As soon as I lift my shirt he gets mad and pushes me away. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> At this point I don't see him latching back on and I think pumping is really my only option. I pumped some here and there when he was younger but I had trouble getting my milk to let down even then. I don't think I have much of a supply left as ds was only nursing a few times a day for just a minute or two each time.<br><br>
I will try more each day and see if I can get anything. I think the problem now is my supply is nearly gone.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I would say yes, try a different pump. I'm pumping for my preschooler, I don't feel a letdown anymore but getting a lot of milk.</div>
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I can't afford a different pump. I'm using the Medela Pump In Style. Unless I could rent a hospital grade pump but that might be tough.
 

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I use something similar to this:<br><a href="http://www.surgicalshop.com/womens/manual_breast_pumps.html" target="_blank">http://www.surgicalshop.com/womens/m...ast_pumps.html</a><br>
very inexpensive and efficient. I actually increased my supply!<br>
Have you tried offering when he wakes up or when he's sleepy? Or taking baths with him?<br>
HTH
 

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That's tough with the sensory issues. Does he like the bath? Would he be willing to get naked with you in the tub, and just play? That was how I broke my DS's strike, but he was just 10 months. 18 months is a more independent age.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">That's tough with the sensory issues. Does he like the bath? Would he be willing to get naked with you in the tub, and just play? That was how I broke my DS's strike, but he was just 10 months. 18 months is a more independent age.</div>
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He would get into a bath with me but I still can't see him nursing. I will try that though. I doubt he'll sit still long enough! I think that's part of the problem. He has ZERO attention span and doesn't sit for more than .2 seconds anywhere. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 
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