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I just found out i'm pg <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/jaw2.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="jaw2"><br>
My dd is only 9.5mo, so i'm really concerned about losing my milk. Have any of you mamas BF'd through pregnancy ok? What tips have you got for keeping up the supply? My dh is Irish, so he reckons i should be drinking a pint of stout every day!! A nice idea, but...maybe not.<br>
I'd really appreciate some help with this.<br>
Thanks, Trish
 

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DD is still nursing, and I am 34 weeks pregnant.<br>
Around 4 months, my supply dropped substantially, and around 6 months, I stopped producing milk, and started producing colostrum shortly thereafter.<br><br>
It's been a rough road, but DD still needs to nurse, so we've worked through it together. Only a few more weeks before milk comes back!<br><br>
Of course, my DD was already 2 when I became pregnant... so nursing much less frequently, I'd assume, than your baby. This may have been a factor in my milk supply lessening in the first place. She also started sleeping long stretches at night very soon after my becoming pregnant.<br><br>
You may want to start pumping & storing your breastmilk now, in case your supply does change, drop, or stop. It may not.<br><br>
If you haven't already, I recommend you read Adventures in Tandem Nursing by Hillary Flower. You can visit her site here:<br><a href="http://nursingtwo.kellymom.com/" target="_blank">http://nursingtwo.kellymom.com/</a><br><br>
Good luck to you & congratulations!!!
 

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i have no idea how to keep your supply up, as my milk has completely dried up (i'm 17 weeks), but DS is still nursing. i used More Milk 2 for a while and it worked a bit...anyway, good luck <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Near as I can tell, supply during preg. varies a lot from person to person - all the way from losing it at some point, to a drop to diff. degrees, to not being affected at all (I wish!). I think a lot of the lactation boosters affect hormone receptors, so since preg. hormones are already affecting these, what ordinarily works for low supply doesn't do much good? At least, that's what I understand. Anyhow, I'm just hitting 29 weeks myself, became preg. when DD was 5 1/2 months, was able to ebf until she was 8 months (& I was 14 weeks along); started supplementing w/formula & solids at that point. She'll be a year old a week from now, is getting three 6 oz sippy cups of formula (which she may or may not drink all of), plus 3 meals, & nurses 4-6x/day. What I'm producing is still milk, although I was already leaking colostrum by this stage last preg. I also recommend the "Adventures in Tandem Nursing" book - just don't order it from Amazon, as I've heard they're backordered.
 

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Thanks everyone! I'll def read that book, & i think i'll start pumping just in case - thanks for the idea, i didn't even think of it! I'm hoping it doesn't disappear completely, cos i've always had too much... we'll see. Thanks for the support.<br>
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I know fenugreek helps increase bm supply, but i don't know about taking it when pregnant. maybe ask a mw or research that option further.
 

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Well, here's one old thread with some info (I posted a bunch of info I found in post #11): <a href="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/showthread.php?t=491529" target="_blank">http://www.mothering.com/discussions...d.php?t=491529</a><br><br>
Fenugreek is contraindicated for pregnancy.<br><br>
The one thing I've yet to discover is: The way that the prescription galactagogues work is by increasing your prolactin levels. Prescriptions are given to non-pg women who have a low milk supply that is often (usually?) caused by low prolactin. However, our supply doesn't decrease during pregnancy due to low prolactin as we have plenty of prolactin, it's other causes, hormonal (high progesterone). Soooo, I wonder, do the other recommendations for increasing breast milk (such as RRL tea, oatmeal, alfalfa teas, barley water, etc.) ALSO work by helping your body increase its supply of prolactin or by some other means?? Because if everything out there is mainly functioning to increase prolactin then it's pretty pointless during pregnancy, y'know what I mean? Sigh. I'm still trying to figure it all out myself.<br><br>
The statistic goes that 70% of women have some level of decrease, from partial to complete at some point during their pg. The other 30% don't have a decrease. But there's no way to predict which group any one woman will fall into.<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shrug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shrug"> It's all pretty frustrating. I don't want my milk to dry up either (I'm 6 weeks along & nursing my 17 month old a million times a day, he loves the boobie) but I don't know if anything I do is going to help my boobs out!
 

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A little information about galactogogues:<br><a href="http://www.breastfeedingbasics.org/cgi-bin/deliver.cgi/content/Drugs/galactogogues.html" target="_blank">http://www.breastfeedingbasics.org/c...ctogogues.html</a><br><br>
And this one: <a href="http://www.alive.com/428a2a2.php?subject_bread_cramb=288" target="_blank">http://www.alive.com/428a2a2.php?sub...read_cramb=288</a><br>
which states "Herbs that boost breast milk production are termed galactogogues and they work in one of three ways. Some have a direct hormonal action on the pituitary gland in the brain that is responsible for the secretion of prolactin, the hormone that initiates and maintains the flow of breast milk during lactation. Other herbs work directly on the breast tissue, stimulating the glands of the breast. The third mode of action is via the nervous system."<br><br>
But I wonder WHICH herbs work in which ways?? It sure is an area with very little study done on it. No surprise there though, who's going to pay for such a study?? BigPharma would prefer no one ever used herbs, that's money out of their pockets.
 

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I've nurse throughout four of my five pregnancies. The only thing that is risk free is going to bed early (8+ hours of sleep) and increasing your food intake.<br><br>
Personally I would not take supplements of any kind, other then whole food.<br><br>
My first two were 16.5 momths apart and I produced milk until the end<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
Goodluck!
 

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I used fenugreek, food not supplements. It's contraindicated in amounts greater than food sources (supposedly it can cause contractions). Just a few sprouts a day and it brought the milk on like crazy even now at term. Also, drink lots of water.
 

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Hi Mama Congrats~<br><br>
Through a good diet and enough liquids and tea (herbal) will help you maintain your supply. I nursed DD through my entire preg. w/#2....<br><br>
There are many foods that will help maintain a abundant supply of mamas milk, I'd be happy to list some if ya want!<br>
Yes, fenugreek should not be taken during preg. You can take certain herbs while preg. to maintain your supply <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"> Feel free to PM with any questions!<br><br>
Blessings for a wonderful preg!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Hi Mama Congrats~<br><br>
Through a good diet and enough liquids and tea (herbal) will help you maintain your supply. I nursed DD through my entire preg. w/#2....<br><br>
There are many foods that will help maintain a abundant supply of mamas milk, I'd be happy to list some if ya want!<br>
Yes, fenugreek should not be taken during preg. You can take certain herbs while preg. to maintain your supply <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"> Feel free to PM with any questions!<br><br>
Blessings for a wonderful preg!</div>
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Ooooo, could you list those here? Which foods & herbs you recommend? Thanks!
 

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Congrats mama!<br><br>
There's a lot of great info (and exerpts from the Adventures in Tandem Nursing book) at the kellymom breastfeeding site:<br><br><a href="http://www.kellymom.com/bf/tandem/index.html" target="_blank">http://www.kellymom.com/bf/tandem/index.html</a> and<br><a href="http://nursingtwo.kellymom.com/" target="_blank">http://nursingtwo.kellymom.com/</a><br><br>
Some mamas don't see a dip in supply, others see a little dip, and some see their supply vanish away only to return closer to the birth. And some mamas find the actual act of breastfeeding while pregnant either painful or very uncomfortable...and these sensations can come and go too. So don't be surprised if you're suddenly itchy/squirmy while breastfeeding, or if nursing becomes really uncomfortable!<br><br>
The real problem in terms of boosting supply during pregnancy is that the underlying supply/demand relationship (babe wants more milk so they nurse more and you produce more) gets "beaten out" by the hormonal changes of pregnancy. And although making sure you have a wonderfully balanced diet and including many of the "natural" milk boosters (like oatmeal, and staying hydrated) is always good...and good for your growing babe too...they often aren't enough to boost supply if your body decides to react to the pregnancy hormones by cutting down milk production.<br><br>
So please keep in mind that a "cure" that works for one mama may not work for another...so much is determined by the leve of hormones and your own response to them. And these levels change all the time during pregnancy!<br><br>
Stay rested, stay hydrated, eat a balanced diet, enjoy your wonderful baby and the belly babe too...and keep an eye on your little one. Nine months is still very very young and while you'll certainly want to keep nursing them you may need to supplement with some water or a few more solids than you had planned on introducing. As long as they are healthy, happy, and producing those wet dipes things are fine...<br><br>
(my daughter is just now 2yo and our second babe is due in a few weeks...we did night wean when my night time supply vanished, and I found breastfeeding to be off and on painful, but we've hung in there and are looking forward to tandem nursing! My best friend IRL is nursing her 11mo and is 10weeks pregnant...but she plans on sticking with it as well since she knows her babe needs whatever milk she can get at this young age!)<br><br>
Enjoy the adventure and congrats again!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Hi Mama Congrats~<br><br>
Through a good diet and enough liquids and tea (herbal) will help you maintain your supply. I nursed DD through my entire preg. w/#2....<br><br>
There are many foods that will help maintain a abundant supply of mamas milk, I'd be happy to list some if ya want!<br>
Yes, fenugreek should not be taken during preg. You can take certain herbs while preg. to maintain your supply <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"> Feel free to PM with any questions!<br><br>
Blessings for a wonderful preg!</div>
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Thanks! Yes i'd love to know what foods & herbs to be focussing on, although there are many conflicting opinions about the herbs. Please let me know what u think.<br>
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I wish i could get 8+ hrs of sleep!! Actually i just wish for more than 2hrs in a row...
 

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Congratulations on the new pregnancy.<br><br>
I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but there is no way to prevent loosing your milk, if that's what your body is going to do.<br><br>
I recommend reading Hilary Flower's <span style="text-decoration:underline;">Adventures in Tandem Nursing</span> for some really great info on what happens to your breasts during pregnancy and how it effects your milk supply. She was a LLL leader (may still be).<br><br>
The basic idea is that when your pregnant your breasts go into "weaning" mode and then start to rebuild for the new baby. For some moms this means a loss of milk, others a lower supply, others may not notice much difference. It can even be different from pregnancy to pregnancy in the same women.<br><br>
I think there are things you can do to help your body make the most milk though. Make sure you are eating enough (be sure you get good calcium sources in your diet) and drinking enough, rest, and keep nursing (cutting back will not help your supply-hard to do if you are finding nursing painful).<br><br>
You can contact your local LLL group for more info and support.
 
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