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My production levels have tanked over the past few months. DS is 17 months old, I still pump once a day at work and I'm *lucky* to get 1.5 ounces in a 6.5 hour workday. It's very depressing, but DS still likes nursing, even though he's getting very little nourishment out of it. Mostly it's when he's tired and we're going to bed, or when he's really upset.<br><br>
If I dry up completely and DS still wants to nurse..is that...uncommon? I'm hoping that it's not that unheard of....<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"> TIA
 

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I haven't pumped for a long time but I noticed that the older ds got the less I could pump-- however I'm pretty sure ds was much more effective at getting my milk then the pump. The last time I tried to express milk I got virtually nothing for a lot of effort...but I know ds is still getting plenty of milk...maybe it's similar for you? As far as the if you dry up question-- don't know from personal experience but have come across other posts where kids have told their mama there is almost no milk but they still like nursing.<br><br><br>
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I had two nurslings nursing for a few dry months and some very low production months while pregnant. He may be getting more than you think...babies/children are generally better at getting out milk than a pump and I've heard of breasts adjusting to childrens' nursing schedules.
 

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Thank you for your responses. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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Sage has been nursing on almost nothing for about a year. It is not all about nutrition~ bonding, conecting, comfort, are all so important.
 

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From what i hear, 'dry' nursing is very difficult. I can see good reasons for both continuing and stopping. As i always say, trust your gut, and do what is beneficial for EVERYone in your family <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">.
 

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I dry up by the time I'm about 4 weeks pg. I've now been pg 5 times while nursing, though 3 ended in miscarriage. Neither child changed their nursing amount at all when this happened. However, my son did get rougher and pulled on my nipple more and it was difficult to get him to stay still. DD is much more gentle so dry nursing isn't painful. I was very surprised that DD continued to nurse. Nursing was always a huge comfort for DS but DD didn't comfort nurse at all until fairly recently. (She's 2.5 years old).
 

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i'm 8 weeks pregnant, and although i can still express some milk by hand, there is next to nothing left in there (i swear my big B's are as flat as pancakes now, and hang down to the <i>floor</i> if i'm not wearing a bra! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">) and DD is still nursing... 20ish times a day <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eyesroll.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="roll"><br><br>
hehee..<br><br>
it's all good.<br><br>
and remember that your milk composition changes throught the nursing relationship to give DC what they need at the moment.<br><br>
even if your DS isn't getting much as far as calories go, there are still antibodies and all kids of good stuff in there.<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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