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    Unhappy low milk for my 20mon old

    I have had very low milk since my little girl was about 12 months. I am never full and have not felt a let down since 10 months or so. My little girl will suck for 5 or 10 min and only get a couple swallows. It has been this way for several months. I have been taking mother's love: more milk plus for 9 days now and it is not helping. She doesn't give up though. It seems like we have a lot of issues with nursing. I would love her to nurse during the day but she will only do it and bedtime and early morning at about 5 or 6am. I don't know what to do.

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    Default Re: low milk for my 20mon old

    When a baby is not nursing much, it's very normal not to feel full. The best way to make more milk is to remove milk frequently and completely- so if your baby won't nurse more, the best thing you can probably do is to pump. But don't worry- as long as your LO will nurse, you will continue to make milk!
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    Default Re: low milk for my 20mon old

    Would you like tips to get over the daytime nursing strike? That would help your supply.
    Baby Girl "Piper" born Feb 12th, 2010. She is a true blessing!

    And a baby who is now an Angel in Heaven Feb 7th, 2008.

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    Default Re: low milk for my 20mon old

    Redpower yes I would. She went on a full strike at 13mon. It took almost 3 days to get her back on again. Mommal: I nursed 4 babies. My milk is dwindling. My right side stopped at 11 months. I couldnt get anything out of either side with a pump since 10 months. I just had a hand pump that wasnt very good though. My daughter nursed this morning at 7am in the bed and she got 2 small swallows and tried getting more for almost 15 minutes. She finally gave up and went back to sleep. She was upset like she is every morning. I have had trouble with supply the last 2 children. If I were to miss 1 feeding then it would take a week to build it back up again. I dont know what is going on with my body though. I stay hydrated. I carry a bottle of water around all day! I take the more milk plus supplements. I know that I dont have to be engorged to have milk this late in the game. But both my breasts have returned to pr pregnancy size. I am not able to buy a decent pump to help either. Having human milk for my little girl is very important to me but I just cant buy a good pump. Any other suggestions would be appreciated!! Thank you.

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    Default Re: low milk for my 20mon old

    Oh, mama, that sounds hard! I think the first thing I would do would be to talk to your doctor. Problems with thyroid function or other hormonal issues could explain why you've had trouble maintaining and boosting supply. After 4 babies I think you're probably a good judge of what is going on with your body, and if you perceive a problem you're probably right.

    Is a rental pump an option for you? IMO, hand pumps are junk. I mean, some moms have good luck with them but for the majority of moms they just don't do diddly. If a rental isn't an option, maybe contact your local LLL. Maybe someone has a pump they want to get rid of. I know a lot of people think pumps should be "single user" items, but I personally think a clean pump with new attachments is fine.
    Coolest thing my big girl said recently: "How can you tell the world is moving when you are standing on it?"
    Coolest thing my little girl sang recently: "I love dat one-two pupples!"

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    Default Re: low milk for my 20mon old

    I will have to see my doc then. Thank you very much. I never thought there might be something actually going on with my body. I will check on rentals also.

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