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    Default nursing 16 MO...milk supply question

    Hi ladies,

    Max is 16+ months old now and about two weeks ago he started nursing only three times a day. This week, all of a sudden, he's wanting to nurse six or seven times a day. That's fine with me, but i clearly don't have enough milk for him. He signs milk when he's not getting any more and squeezes my boob to try to get more to come out when it's empty (ish). I'm inclined to think that the last two weeks were more of a phase than what he's currently doing, but i'm worried about not making enough milk for him. I'm getting my period in a couple of days which makes my supply even lower and i'm wondering if i should do anything to boost it? I haven't taken fenugreek or had MM tea for about six months, but I hate to see my baby go to sleep unsatisfied... he's not really waking during the night anymore so i don't think he'll get it there.... what's your experience with this?

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    Default Re: nursing 16 MO...milk supply question

    i guess more specifically, would you take something to increase your supply at this point? I'm just upset that he's getting frustrated and am not sure if my supply will go back up on it's own with his continued more frequent nursing or if i'm just sort of gradually making less milk.
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    Default Re: nursing 16 MO...milk supply question

    could he be teething?? It's so hard to pinpoint why babies do what they do sometimes
    I really feel I haven't had much milk for months, Bennett does nurse at night and nap though. He picked up more night nursing the past few nights and I happened to look in his mouth today and his 2 year molars broke through...If it were *me* I wouldn't take anything unless you feel it's important to increase your supply. WHen Cooper self weaned at 20 months, I think part of it was my lack of supply. I felt it helped guide him in a way, that probably sounds weird...
    has there been any changes lately? Working more/gone more in the past two weeks? has he been sick at all? You're probably right, it's just another one of the many phases they go through!
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    Default Re: nursing 16 MO...milk supply question

    no! that's what's weird - everything's the same and he has all his teeth til two year molars... i'm not worried about him nursing more or less necessarily, just that i really don't seem to have enough milk right now to satisfy him. This hasn't happened since he was about three months old, so i'm sort of at a loss!
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    Default Re: nursing 16 MO...milk supply question

    Hmmm... well I think if it were me, I would probably not take anything to increase supply at this point... Personally, I feel like my supply has gradually decreased over time, and this is the normal/natural way weaning is supposed to happen. At 18.5 months, Mason nurses about 3-4 times per day, and does the squeezing of my boobs too to try and get more milk out. But he is not a big comfort nurser... he has his certain times of day he demands to nurse, but that's about it for him. Not sure I'm really adding much to the discussion here with my rambling... but I think you have to do what feels right to you? If you have the MM tea sitting there already, I don't think it would hurt anything to go ahead and drink it... a lot of it depends on how ready you are for Max to wean... if you are ready-ish, you might not want to go to any great lengths to increase supply... but if you are definitely not ready for him to wean, then you could maybe drink some of the tea. I have also heard taking a calcium/magnesium supplement is supposed to help for supply dips due to AF.
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    Default Re: nursing 16 MO...milk supply question

    But if he ups his sessions and you allow it you will make more milk. When this would happen to DJ he would do the compressions himself and then Flip to the other breast. If he was really unsatisfied he'd flip again. Now after he turned a year there was more flipping. Because he was always a one breast guy when he was a baby. But they know how to make it happen this late in the game. And a child that old isn't going to go hungry. They up their solid intake if need be. But if they want you to make more milk they just demand it more often. That never changes. OFTEN what happens when they get older is they lose interest before they get the next letdown. But giving up because you don't want to do the work to make the milk come is a CHOICE at that age. And it is a natural part of the process of stepping away on their own.

    Way too lazy for formula

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    Default Re: nursing 16 MO...milk supply question

    thanks buff and shelly. I guess I'm ready for him to do whatever he wants... last week i thought he was really stepping down the nursing and was totally okay with that. This week, he can't get enough (and i think that's quite literally!). So he has been nursing for MUCH longer periods of time. He's never nursed longer than about ten minutes a side and he pretty much nursed all evening yesterday and woke up for more at 10!

    So I guess I'm with you then - let what's happening happen naturally. Max's never been much of a comfort nurser either, and that's why I've been sort of surprised by his recent increase -- which has coincided with increased needs for cuddling, resistance to me leaving/going to the bathroom/being out of sight .

    Is this a typical time for increased attachment. It doesn't actually bother me in the least, really! He's pretty consistently been attached to Dad, who is with him all day. I'm just wondering what the change is all about. Just part of the process, i suppose?

    ETA: Buff, I've heard about the calc/magnesium supplements too. Would this be in in addition to regular multi vitamin do you think?
    Last edited by @llli*jbean1979; May 11th, 2011 at 06:28 AM.
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    Default Re: nursing 16 MO...milk supply question

    Yes the calcium/magnesium would be in addition to your regular multi vit.
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    Default Re: nursing 16 MO...milk supply question

    I eat brown rice and oatmeal to help my supply but it still really drops right before and at the beginning of my period. I do bother to try to increase it and she's almost 22 mos.
    Nursed my sweet daughter 3 years, 3 mos.

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    Default Re: nursing 16 MO...milk supply question

    Another thing....I think right at either 14 or 16months there was a growth spurt. How is his solid intake? Because I remember being AMAZED at how much he was eating and SOO RELIEVED that I wasn't solely responsible for it. He DID increase his nursing sessions and the length of time...but when I would watch him pound out dinner and he was coming home with and empty lunch box every day (which at that age...I was a little alarmed at how LITTLE he ate while away...he was very distracted when he first went away to daycare) I knew that wasn't JUST his need to nurse that was increasing. He has his first year molars already?

    Way too lazy for formula

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