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Old 04-10-2013, 08:38 PM   #1
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Milk drying up due to pregnancy odd isnt happy

Wasn't sure what category to put this under, but I'm 23 weeks pregnant with my 3rd. My dd turned 1 in March. I believe I'm starting to dry up because hardly anything comes out when I squeeze, where I used to be able to squeeze and it fly across the room. My nipples have also been extremely tender lately and it has made nursing somewhat uncomfortable, where before it never fazed me. Dd seems to be up and down with the boob. She either sucks for a really long time or she sucks for a short amount of time, gets down and then gets back up to suck again a few minutes later. Shes been extremely grumpy lately. My ods weaned himself at 18 months when I was a few weeks pregnant with dd, so this is all kind of new to me and I really feel bad for her. I've increased my water intake and also been trying to eat oatmeal, but so far hasn't seemed to help with my supply. I feel helpless and really am not sure what to do.

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Old 04-11-2013, 09:06 AM   #2
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I had the same thing happen when my son was 6 months old and I got pregnant with Quinn. I went on Reglan till he was 11 months old then dried up for good. It was hard as he was not eating solid food, so he went on pediasure. He would not drink formula.
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From my research on tandem nursing it seems that most people start to lose supply around the 20 week mark, some a little earlier some a little later. If she (and you) is willing to dry nurse I've heard people having great success with getting supply back. Maybe look into some supplements, fenugreek, etc. I'm 34 weeks and dd still nurses from time to time, I'm starting to get colostrum in but nothing substantial. She is 19 months old tho so I'm not as concerned.

Eta: we got some doner milk and have been trying to give it to her in a cup, she's not a fan tho.
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Thank you OP for posting! I just found out I'm pregnant and I'm still nursing my 13 month old. I was just wondering when to expect supply decrease. Now I have an idea, thank you ladies!
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Do NOT take fenugreek while pregnant. It acts as a uterine stimulant and can trigger miscarriage.

It is normal for her to be frustrated. If you can, get a copy of "Adventures in tandem nursing"
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My milk always dries up during pregnancy. I chose to dry nurse during the 3 pregnancies when I still had a nursling. It is a personal decision and can be uncomfortable at times especially closer to delivery.
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Its just annoying and fustrating, because she screams, crys and hangs on my leg wanting me to nurse her all day long.
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Re: Milk drying up due to pregnancy odd isnt happy

Happened to me as well. Totally dried up. I tried and tried to commit to dry nursing to stick it out but good God with the sore nipples I was in tears each time she nursed. Finally we just weaned her. I couldn't take the pain. She was 15 months old. A lot younger than I intended to stop but over a year so whatever. I'm sure she preferred the happy mom over the dried up boobies anyway.
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Well so far I am still dry nursing. Have bewn using lanolin on my nipples and it seems to help.
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