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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 04-29-2003, 02:44 PM Thread Starter
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My supply can no longer keep up with DD, 19 months. I still oblige her anytime she wants to nurse, and had planned on letting her self wean, but I am empty before she wants to be done. So, inform the ignorant, is my supply dropping kind of sort of connected to self weaning? To sound really cold, how much work is it to get my supply back up? At 19 months old I am not sure how much effort I want to put into to upping my supply when I think she is just about ready to wean anyways. She spends way more time playing and exploring then cuddling now and I think once summer hits she will just want me for sleeping. So, even though I am not asking you to tell me what to do...what would you do?

Go with the flow or do whatever it takes to up your supply until babe decides they are done with nursing?
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I've never been in your situation and I don't have any advice, just wanted to say good luck with your decision.

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If she is getting plenty of other foods, I'd probably go with the flow and take the opportunity to make sure she can be transitioned to cow's milk (even though I don't really think cow's milk is a necessity) and then (once she does wean) I would probably mourn the end of an era Click here to enlarge and celebrate the beginning of a new one!Click here to enlarge

But since I haven't been in your shoes yet, I'm just guessing.
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If you're interested in getting the ol' suppy up, may I suggest some brewers yeast supplements? Or you could drink a beer after she goes to bed or something. Seriously, it increases the supply massivly. (at least, in my case it has)

Also, pump after each feeding, even if you think you're empty. More stimulation=more production.
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What makes you think your supply is low? I've had times when I swore I wasn't making any and she'd fall asleep and there would be milk in her mouth. I say go with the flow. As your child gets older you the nutrients in your milk become more concentrated. So although he/she is not taking as much, he/she is still getting the same amount of antibodies. I assume it's true of nutrients too. My dd sometimes seems to have lulls in nursing. Then different things will increase the frequency (colds, teeth, etc).

Good luck with your decision.
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I feel like I am in the same situation. DS is 13 months and I have stopped pumping during the day at work. When he nurses to sleep in the evening he seems to get frustrated with the amount of milk that he is getting after a couple of minutes. I want him to nurse as long as he likes, but I'm not really going to do anything to increase my supply at this point. What I have been doing when he starts getting frustrated is switch him to the other side. A couple of times I've had to switch back and forth 2-3 times before he's done and falls to sleep. Seems to be working o.k. so far.
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If she is getting plenty of other foods, I'd probably go with the flow
I agree. 19 months is wonderful, and the stress of trying to bring your supply up isn't worth it, IMO.
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At that age, I'd go with it, and let her self wean. I would not attempt to increase my supply unless i was worried about her eating habits otherwise.


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