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I have a six month old exclusively breastfed baby and just found out I am pregnant again.<br><br>
So far there are no problems, but I know women frequently have trouble maintaining their milk supply while pregnant. Are there specific things I can do to prevent that from happening?<br><br>
I have a 5.5 hour stretch of classes where I normally don't pump because of time, and I haven't had a problem yet. Do I have to be more careful about pumping every X hours (and what should X be?) now? Any other advice?
 

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It shouldn't be a problem to keep nursing/pumping as you always have been. You might notice some nipple tenderness but not all moms get this and many moms find it improves over time.<br><br>
However, there might not be anything you can do to keep your milk supply. You can try eating oatmeal and keeping well hydrated, but, many moms do lose their supply and find there isn't much you can do about it. (Sorry) However other moms find no change or even an increase, the problem is, there isn't any way to know ahead of time. I have always had copious amounts of milk, but by 12 weeks of pregnancy it was pretty much gone.<br><br>
My best advice to you would be to take it one day at a time, and keep in mind that when you nurse during pregnancy, things can change... so if your breasts are sore, in another week they might not be.<br><br>
Congratulations on your pregnancy! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Thank you! I'm thrilled about the pregnancy, but I'm so sad about the idea that my baby might have to go on formula because of this pregnancy. I guess as soon as I get settled I'll start pumping like crazy to build up as much of a freezer stash as I can in the event that I do lose my milk.
 

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It is my understanding that since the milk goes away due to hormones there's nothing you can really do to fight to keep it during pregnancy. That said, NOT everyone loses their milk, don't resign yourself to the fact that you absolutly will. And some only lose it for a few weeks. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug"> Good luck & congrats! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 
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