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keep my milk from drying up during this pregnancy??
 

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I don't know for sure about this, but it's a thought. Liver. Someone posted in another thread that she noticed an increase in her milk supply when she ate liver several days in a row. She wasn't pregnant, though. But it makes sense in terms of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Breastmilk is considered "white blood" (and the baby also is depleting your blood), and liver is considered a great blood builder. If I were you, I'd eat PLENTY of liver throughout the pregnancy. And don't forget to drink LOTS of water (not a TF, really, but...), since the baby needs a lot, and you need a lot for milk supply, too.<br><br>
Good luck! I hope you can keep your supply up.<br><br>
As an aside, when my latest was just a few weeks old I had a dream. I dreamed that I was pg again, and I was sooooo worried about my milk supply, since he was so young and I have VERY strong feelings about using formula (for us -- I know it's a life saver for some). I can laugh about it now, but the whole thing was quite disturbing at the time. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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I don't think there is any guarantee. My supply this time lasted until about 20 weeks and then suddenly disappeared.<br><br>
I believe that (many? most?) traditional societies considered it normal for milk to dry up during pregnancy; I've read that there are lots of folk wisdom sayings to that effect.
 

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my milk did not dry up completely while I was pregnant with dd2. I also wasnt fully NT at the time (nor am I now but working towards it)<br><br>
I do know that oatmeal is really supposed to help with milk supply, so if you ate some properly soaked oats that might help some
 

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Mmmmmmmmmm....... liver and oats, sounds yummy. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> I do remember hearing the oatmeal things before and the liver thing makes sense.<br><br>
I've been blessed to never have a problem with supply. Even if dd nurses awhile and things seem pretty empty I've always been able to hand express some too. I hoping that that means something and I'll be good until the end.<br><br>
I've been waking up in the middle of the night hungry, something that hasn't happened since dd was born, so hopfully all this eating I'm doing will help!!!
 

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Well, I am not an 'ideal' traditional foods diet person by a stretch, and I didn't do anything to actively keep my milk (liver/oatmeal/herbs), but I am pretty sure that mine has dried up and it started at 29-30 weeks or so. My DD started to tell me it was 'yuckie' for a few weeks and then slowely stoped. She now nurses maybe once every 3 days or so for a few minutes if that. She is about 26 months now.
 

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Actually if she's saying its yucky and you're that far along, its probably changed to colostrum and she just doesnt like the taste.
 

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That was me with the liver. That stuff rocks for milk supply.<br><br>
Other things to consider, when looking at milk supply is that you have adequate protein intake and hydration.<br><br>
Other things on my list of milk boosters are oats or other whole grains (someone mentioned that quinoa is consider a milk booster in the societies where it is eaten traditionally), coconut (lauric acid is found in breast milk, and having a good source of it seems to help), molasses or other iron rich foods, etc. Can you see baked oatmeal with coconut and molasses being built here? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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I never lost my milk during pregnancy. DD1 nursed straight through, and I was able to express a little milk right through to the end. I don't know if it's because of TF or because I always had a massive supply.
 

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I also fall into the 'nursed straight through' camp. If my daughter noticed any changes, she never mentioned it to me. I fully believe the raw milk and liver capsules were bit helps.
 

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I lost my milk around the 4 month mark the first time around, and I think alittle earlier the next time around. I only tandem nursed the first time though, and found it to be very, very challenging. I could no longer stand the feel of the toddler latch over the infant latch, and constantly struggled with the desire to "swat" away the toddler.
 

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I've always had a huge supply too. I'm hoping that helps me through this. It has started to hurt but it's not so bad that I can't deal with it.<br><br>
Thanks for all the info mamas!!!!
 
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