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Old 09-08-2012, 11:24 PM   #1
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Dry nursing while pregnant

I'm about 17 weeks and my supply is gone, maybe a few drops if I'm lucky. I'm not at all ready for weaning and neither is my toddler. I likely have at least 8 weeks to go before I have even a hint of colostrum production. We continue to nurse around the clock, it's painful, but still very important to both of us.

For those who have successfully nursed through a pregnancy and continued to tandem nurse afterward - how do I keep my toddler at the breast and ensure he doesn't prematurely wean due to supply?


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Old 09-09-2012, 12:23 AM   #2
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I haven't done it personally but have friends that have. They just continued to nurse and nursed through pregnancy even after their milk was gone. The child then continued to nurse once baby was born. Good luck!
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Old 09-09-2012, 07:17 AM   #3
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You can't "Make" your baby keep nursing. Follow your baby's lead and don't be afraid to offer nursing if it feels they are losing interest. I have nursed through 2 pregnancies, and found that I had to encourage less nursing for my own comfort and limited nursing to 3 times a day (rather than the million times my nurslings wanted).
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Old 09-09-2012, 07:17 AM   #4
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I just kept going and so did ODD. She was 2 when I got pregnant so I just told her what was happening with my milk and how when the baby was born I would have more milk than ever! I ended up continuing until DS was a bit more than a year and she was ready to wean. Good luck!! It is doable if you want it to be.
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Old 09-09-2012, 07:33 AM   #5
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Re: Dry nursing while pregnant

I have nursed through 3 of my 5 pregnancies. I am currently dry nursing our 21mo daughter and am 17 weeks. She still wants to nurse so I do not discourage her. I fell bad because this was such a surprise. I have zero milk. Usually I have a tiny amount. She tried to hand express "milkies" yesterday. She will latch on and then pop off saying that "milkies are all gone" "be back later" All of my other children have nursed through and continued after my milk came in for up to a year.
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Old 09-09-2012, 10:57 AM   #6
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Re: Dry nursing while pregnant

I didn't have to do anything--my DD just wanted to comfort nurse a few times a day. She said there was still milk, but I don't think there was much, if any at all. She was 22ish months when I got pregnant and nursed through my pregnancy, and is still nursing now.

I think the only thing you can do is offer to nurse at certain times. We did morning, naptime, and before bed.
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