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Did your milk dry up during pregnancy?

  • Yes right away

    Votes: 13 40.6%
  • No it never went away till the end

    Votes: 1 3.1%
  • It went down some but not too much

    Votes: 7 21.9%
  • other....explain :)

    Votes: 11 34.4%
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Mine started to dry up considerably some time in the second trimester, I would say before 20 weeks. I was nursing a 2+ yo at the time, so she wasn't nursing a whole lot, but at least several times a day and at night. Now at 37+ wks I don't think I have anything at all (maybe some colostrum) and DD nurses before bed most nights, but only for maybe a minute as her latch is all messed up and it is like nails on a chalkboard for me. Thankfully, she is really good about it and is happy to just hug.<br><br>
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I chose Other. Because while it did dry up for several weeks, or at least dd lost interest for several weeks... it came back and she started nursing again. I think she stopped nursing around 25 weeks or so. But I have to admit that I was using a lot of distraction techniques because it was really painful to nurse at that point, so I probably pushed her a little into weaning. But then she got sick around 30 weeks and wanted to nurse and i let her and she's been nursing ever since.<br><br>
ETA: I haven't had "milk" for a while, it's been colostrum, but she doesn't seem to mind.
 

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Before I even knew I was PG with #2, I was having "major pump issues." Then I got the BFP. . .Sure 'nough, nothing was wrong with the pump!<br><br>
I had a trickle of milk all the way through. I was lucky to collect 2 oz in a full workday pumping twice. . . Alex never cared. She nursed anyway and took bottles of formula at the sitter's house. Of course I cried the first time she drank a full 4-ounce bottle from me right after nursing. Soon, she was drinking 6. I got over it. Better to have 2 healthy babies . . .
 

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I voted other. I think there should be a "yes" option besides "yes right away". Mine dried up, but not right away. Ds was 4mo when I got preggo. 2 months later my supply had dipped enough that he was never satisfied and often frustrated at the breast and I had a hard time having a let down. His weight percentile went waaayyy down and his ped said I needed to supplement with formula immediately that he was hungry, and I reluctantly agreed. Once I started supplementing, it was all downhill from there. The more formula I gave him, the less milk I produced, the more formula I had to give him. What really killed my supply was that once he was actually getting satisfied from the bottle, he often refused the breast except for at night time. My milk was all but gone a couple weeks after I started supplementing since he would only nurse briefly at night for comfort. When he quit nursing at night a couple weeks after that, my boobs turned to empty limp pancakes. Sigh.
 

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At 16 weeks, my supply has declined, but is not gone entirely. It helps when I make sure to get enough calories and liquids. I have more milk at night (that's when DS nurses the most because he's so busy during the day) but even during the day I still have a little letdown any time he nurses. We'll see if it dries up or if I continue to have a little.
 

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By 12 weeks, I was only able to express a few drops at a time, whereas previously I'd been able to hand-express an ounce or more if I wanted to. By 16 weeks I was completely dried up.
 

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I am 21 weeks and essentially "lost" my supply around the 19.5 week point. I voted other...I agree there should be an option for losing milk in the middle of pregnancy, since that is the most common time to lose it.<br><br>
Dd is still getting drops of milk, and I can still hand express a tiny, tiny bit. She still nurses quite a bit, but not ever for very long. I get 2 letdowns a day--both in the middle of the night. They are both very mild letdowns with not very much milk, but still milk. Thank God I still have milk then!
 

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For about a month during my 2nd trimester I couldn't squeeze anything out, but dd was still nursing and swallowing sometimes. It was also a bit painful during that month... so I think I was pretty dry. At the beginning of my third trimester I was able to start squeezing out a bit of colostrum and dd is still nursing now (actually - she's nursing RIGHT now!) <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"><br><br>
love and peace. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love">
 

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I voted other. My milk dried up around 4 months but at 2 months I started weaning dd so she was just nursing 1-3 times at night. I'm sure it was a combination of the pregnancy and the weaning. Even while she was nursing at the very end there wasn't any milk and boy was it painful to nurse with them empty!
 

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James was 2 years old when I got pregnant. It dried up almost right away. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad">
 

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Ds (he'll be 4 in September) says he gets a lot from my num-nums because he knows how to get it <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br>
However, he's practically weaned himself. He only has maybe once a week or so now -- amazing! I'm prepared for him to get excited and latch on when my milk comes in, though -- it will probably taste like ice cream to him <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
So now at 7 months I have really full breasts (two cup sizes bigger!) and not sure if anything is dried up or just tastes funny (ds insists it tastes the same).
 

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yes, completely in the first trimester. Poor little guy still suckles at night for comfort, but no milk. He'll be two this summer, so I'm not sooo bothered, but still. bummer.
 

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My daughter just stopped nursing one day, and I realized later I was about one week pg. She wouldn't have my milk amymore!
 

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My supply dipped the first few weeks (how I knew to test, as I had only had one O between the girls). It recovered but slowly went down after the first trimester. By 16 weeks or so DD had weaned b/c there was no milk. I remember having a sippy cup of milk, and letting her take a drink, then nurse. THat lasted just a few weeks, and then she was weaned.
 

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I chose "other" because there isn't a "somewhere in the middle" option.<br><br>
DS1 weaned when I was about 13-14 weeks pg with DS2. My milk dried up shortly afterward, within a week or two. Colostrum appeared sometime during the third trimester.<br><br>
DS2 is still nursing twice a day and I'm 13 weeks pg with baby #3. I haven't noticed any nursing changes so I don't think my supply has decreased.
 

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I will have to vote other. It has varied from preg to preg. I was never able to find a rhyme or reason at the different times.
 
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