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I tend to have low supply in the evenings when my kiddos are older (after the return of my regular cycles). My efforts to increase it (taking fenugreek, offering to nurse more often, drinking extra water, eating extra calories) seem to have no effect at this age. Well, fenugreek will work but it's only a short-term solution because I have low blood sugar anyway and it makes me feel like crap.<br><br>
My supply wasn't really a problem up until this point, but lately I have noticed my dd (16 months) has a great deal of trouble falling asleep in the evenings. This happens whether she is too tired, not tired enough, or just the right amount of tired, based on when and for how long she napped.<br><br>
Well yesterday evening she skipped her usual nursing session, so at bedtime I had a ton of milk. She gulped peacefully for a few minutes and fell asleep.<br><br>
Then I started thinking about it. When she has trouble falling asleep, she is squirming, standing on her head, pulling at my nipple, and generally causing me a lot of pain and causing her frustration. We switch sides back and forth for sometimes 45 minutes until she finally goes to sleep (I have to pretend to be asleep--close my eyes and make my breathing very regular).<br><br>
But yesterday made me realize she is doing these things to get more milk. She needs to be actively nursing--getting milk, not just comfort sucking--in order to fall asleep easily.<br><br>
Has anyone experienced this, and if so, what did you do about it? Thanks.
 

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My son use to get upset and say "its all gone!!" and try the other side and then get upset when it was all gone. I think around 12-18 months my son was a avid nurser and my milk supply had a hard time keeping up. I just made sure to drink plenty of water. I guess you could try <a href="http://www.tealand.com/MothersMilk.asp" target="_blank">Mothers Milk tea</a> and that may help. Also, just make sure to nurse on demand so your supply will hopefully keep up with your lil one. I wish I had a magic pill, but I think my supply just finally caught up with my sons needs.<br><br>
Hugs!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/hug2.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Hug2">
 

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Thanks for your responses.<br><br>
My dd says "other side" too<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> She says it a lot lately<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> I forgot about that tea. GNC has it. I may try it, although I hate hot tea. Weird, I know--and I'm half British. But I'm half "Southern" too so I love my sweet tea.<br><br>
The snack idea is great. I can't believe I didn't think of it<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/duh.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="duh">
 

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Have you tried oatmeal? If you eat it on a reagular basis, it can help to increase supply?? Maybe if you try to eat some for dinner for a few nights?<br><br>
My dd, who is 27 months, says ''no more milk, other side" too! Sometimes it is just heartbreaking to here her frustration! I always just try to relax a lot, and pray for more milk...lol!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 
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