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February 27th, 2013, 06:35 AM
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well, starting monday night, my milk supply got very low. i have no idea if it's from the weight watchers plan (i'm taking extra points for nursing, but i'm using the 7points for a toddler who eats solids, even tho my toddler still nurses about 8 times a day)...i thought if it was the diet, i would have seen the milk decrease sooner since it had already been almost 10 days into the diet.
my PP AF has been back for about 8 months and my supply has never dipped like this so i didn't think it could be that, but maybe a combination? maybe i need more calories during this monthly period?
anyway, i'm going to eat more of my weekly points on a daily basis and increase my fluids and see how it goes, but i cant jeopardize my milk supply for losing weight as much as i want the extra weight off. and yes, i'm one of those "crazy" people that will continue to nurse past age 2
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February 27th, 2013, 07:02 AM
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I am one of those weirdos that nursed past 2 as well, but not with Shawn. I have nursed 5 kids though, and I really haven't seen my supply affected very much by my caloric intake. I remember dieting (which I shouldn't have been doing) and my supply was still great. Personally, I think supply is affected more from nursing/pumping frequency than anything else. I think drinking plenty of water helps too but the biggest thing that has helped my supply is nursing or pumping a lot.

Have you thought about eating more oatmeal? That's supposed to help with supply. Also fenegreuk and blessed thistle can help. I used to drink this tea called Mother's Milk tea and it helped some.

I guess what I'm saying is, I would see what other things you can try before you decide that it's all due to your caloric intake. There could be other things going on.
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February 27th, 2013, 07:57 AM
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What makes you think your supply is low?

I've also nursed most of mine 2-3 years.
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February 27th, 2013, 08:37 AM
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well, i'm having the same symptoms of when i was sick with a stomach bug back in october...totally soft boobs, slow or no let down at all and a kid who needs to nurse every two hours because he's not getting as much milk as normal...he might eat solids, but he still loves his boob time. i kept wondering if maybe i was dehydrated (since that's what was going on in october) too so i'm upping the fluids. i wont give up just yet, but i really hope this has nothing to do with lowering my calories.
my milk supply has been solid. i dont pump, but i've been pumping twice a day for a couple of days after a couple of his feedings. i took fenugreek the first 6 months but once my supply was established i stopped.
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February 27th, 2013, 10:03 AM
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Are you doing the 40 points a day for nursing moms on weight watchers? I've been doing weight watchers also and I see to it that I get all of my 40 points. I haven't seen a decrease in my supply. Oatmeal does work great for increasing supply. So I would try some of that. and definitely make sure you are drinking lots of water.

How much are you getting when you pump? I know for me now that my supply is established my boobs don't really get enlarged or hard any more. they tend to stay soft but my supply is still great.
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February 27th, 2013, 10:07 AM
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40 points a day? no way. they allowed me 26 for me and an extra 7 for a nursing toddler...then i get 49 weekly points to use as i want.
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February 27th, 2013, 10:34 AM
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they give me 40 points a day as a nursing mother. Maybe since mine is only 10 months old they give more points. The 40 points a day helped me lose all my baby weight and then some.
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February 27th, 2013, 10:59 AM
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where it says "are you a nursing mother?" you have to say if you're EBF (no solids for baby yet) and you get 14 points...or baby is eating some solid foods and you only get 7 points. my son isn't a huge eater and still nurses A LOT.. i wonder if i should give myself more points...does your little eat solids?? did you start when he wasn't and just kept that same point amount?
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February 27th, 2013, 11:29 AM
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My little one is eating solids but he is still nursing the same as he did before we started him on solids. If your LO is still nursing around the clock I would try it as if you were EBF and see how you do on that number of points. you can always lower it if you find that your not losing weight, but it sounds to me like your toddler is nursing like my 10 month old does which is all the time.
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February 27th, 2013, 11:59 AM
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Something else to consider, too... when you are nursing an older toddler it is quite common to feel less letdown (or none at all) and for the breasts to feel softer. It is also possible that for whatever reason (growth spurt, teething, fighting a bug) you son just wants to nurse more often and this is keeping your breasts from feeling as full. I'm not saying that is what's happening, just saying that *maybe* you are not having a supply issue, just a common adjustment to your child's nursing that happens to coincide with you starting a diet. But, yes... I don't think you need to be afraid of upping your points. Adding in lots of extra servings of fruits and vegetables would be a good way to somewhat increase your calories but not increase your points used, if you prefer.
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February 27th, 2013, 01:15 PM
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thanks for the tips, ladies...i'm started using more points yesterday, we'll see how it goes..the let down feeling is coming back more today..i have always felt it and it's never decreased.
melissalaw...were you using any of your weekly points and were you exercising too?
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February 28th, 2013, 05:52 AM
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Yes I do exercise. Usually 5 times a week for an hour. Some weeks I use my extra 49 points and some weeks I don't but I find as long as I get my 40 points per day my milk supply stays strong.
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February 28th, 2013, 10:39 AM
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thanks, everyone, this thread has been very helpful!
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