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<p>My 8 mo DS will comfort nurse at night, long after the breast is drained. If I stay in place, he will continue to suckle on and off forever. Sometimes I need to go to the bathroom or something...so I break the suction and go do whatever, and he stays asleep. I wonder though, is this bad for my supply? Is the comfort nursing "putting in an order" for more milk? He is still nursing every 2-3 hours, day and night. He seems content enough, I would never pull away if he was still hungry or if I was still leaking milk. What do you think?</p>
 

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<p>I think you'd be fine pulling away sooner. Even breaking the latch with a finger. If he really needs more nursing, he'll root himself right back onto the nipple, or squawk at you, but I'm betting he'll mostly just keep on sleeping.</p>
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<p>My dd gets where she'll basically twiddle my nipple with her mouth in her sleep. She's not nursing at all, has no problems whatsoever when I break the latch, but she just won't let go by herself. With her, I can watch for long pauses between sucks and that's the sign that I can slip away.</p>
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The other thing I've noticed is that she ends up on just the nipple with no areola so there's no real stimulation for milk production going on.</p>
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<p>I also think it's not a suckling need because she doesn't continue to try to suck things once the breast is gone.</p>
 

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<p>Mine (8 months) does the same thing.  I actually pulled away about 5 minutes ago to come and read MDC! <span><img alt="Sheepish.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/Sheepish.gif"></span></p>
 
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