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    Default can milk dry up if still feeding?

    i am tandem feeding a nealry 5 year old and 3 year old. they have one boob each. They feed to sleep and to wake ... my 3 year old feeds at night and ocasionally in the day. recently my boobs feel more tender ... sometimes they feel like they are feeding on empty. my 5 year old said tonight he had no milk at all.

    Is it possible his mouth is changing shape and therefore he is less effective or could his boob be drying up despite his efforts?

    thanks

    sharon

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    Default Re: can milk dry up if still feeding?

    If your LO is still nursing effectively, he will maintain some level of milk supply. But older toddlers, preschoolers, and children often become sloppy latchers and indifferent nursers, and that can lead to diminished supply. I'd say that explains what you're experiencing, though I'd also consider the possibility of pregnancy, since that would both decrease supply and explain breast tenderness.
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    hello LLL Karen ... what does bumping mean?
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    sharon

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    Default Re: can milk dry up if still feeding?

    I'm nursing a 3YO also. I don't want to stop just yet (a lot of it has to do with the fact that she doesn't like to eat and is sensitive to cow's milk, AND doesn't like almond milk, yogurt or cheese, even though I've been able to get her to consume a bit of each, so I'm always nervous about her calcium intake - yes, I'm aware there're non-dairy sources of calcium, but as I said, she doesn't eat much of anything except fruits) but my breasts seem to be getting tired and they're producing less and less milk . I feel so sad and worried, esp. when we just moved to a new country (again) and I don't know this place or anybody at all. Her latch is not correct either, I think, because the past few days I've notice teeth marks at the base of my nipple (must be her front teeth there) and I am especially hurt because my nipples are feeling very tender due to I think ovulation (pregnancy is 99% out of the question). I admire you for tandem nursing a 5YO and 3YO!


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