I have a 23 month old who is still going strong with nursing and I have no desire to stop or reduce. Problem is I am not sleeping and haven't been for a long time except a couple hours at night. She loves to nurse at night and does so off and on during the course of the night, but there are still stretches where she's not nursing and I'm staring at the ceiling. And although I dont' want to night wean at this point (although I may need to consider that), what I'd like to try right now is some benedryl at bedtime to make me fall asleep. I have a serious case of insomnia going on which has been brought about by the night nursing I believe but now I'm so used to being awake that I can't fall asleep when I first get in bed or between nursings even if she's sleeping for hours at a time, I'm just lying there awake, I guess just waiting to nurse and it's so frustrating to literally lie awake for hours when everyone else is snoring and sometimes, maybe once a week or so, I don't fall asleep for the entire night! I would love to be sleepy enough to fall asleep even if I still have to wake up to nurse, it would still be a lot more than I'm getting now, or do it while half asleep like lo seems to do, then fall asleep in between. I know from past experience (before nursing lo) that benedryl makes me very sleepy and I think it would work to accomplish just what I want. What I want to ask is how much will benedryl affect supply. And if it does reduce supply, would that just be temporary and it picks right back up after it wears off or would it have an effect that could reduce supply permanently? Does anyone know about any studies or articles related to this or have personal experience about how it affected your supply such as how much of an affect and how did it affect it long term? Also, are there other sleep aids either otc or prescription that are known to not harm a nursing baby? I've heard that benedryl is harmless to baby, I hope I'm right about that. I really don't want to stop nursing until my lo self weans so it makes me sad to consider doing anything that might inadvertently lead to long term loss of supply or even self weaning if she starts getting less and stops as a result. But I know it's not good for me or any of us to go on like this with so little sleep. If I do it I would be taking one benedryl at bedtime each night. Advice please?!