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June 14th, 2011, 07:50 AM
Linz L-I's Avatar Mega Super Mommy
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DD will be 2 on July 2nd and she's been nursing like a champ since day 1. She nurses quite a bit during the day usually (and alllll night long! lol). Well, her brothers (my stepsons) are visiting, so she's so distracted playing with them that she hasn't been nursing during the day. Also, I'm 14 weeks pregnant and having major breast sensitivity, so I've been trying to cut back on her night nursing some by wearing a shirt to bed so she doesn't just latch on all night in her sleep out of habit. She actually has to WANT it to get it.

Well, I noticed the other day that my breast just don't feel sore or full anymore when she goes a while without nursing. I checked her mouth several times while she was nursing and there was no milk in there at all! I think my milk dried up and she's been dry nursing!

Now I don't know what to do. On one hand it makes me very sad because I wanted to make it to 2 years with her having breastmilk and I fell short by a few weeks. On the other hand, I AM pregnant so it won't break my heart if she weans. How long will she continue to nurse if there is no milk? I'm sure she's doing it for comfort and because it's her way to soothe...but I need to figure out another way for her to get comfort.

Any thoughts or advice would be very much appreciated!

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June 15th, 2011, 05:45 AM
mgm78's Avatar Zoe's mom Meredith
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I have no advice, but i would try to soothe/comfort her in other ways and see if it cuts down the dry nursing. Are you sure everytime she is dry nursing? can you hand express any milk?

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June 15th, 2011, 11:01 PM
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I was so sure that Eli was dry nursing but if I hand express I still get drops. So, granted, it's not a lot, but he must be getting something. I still feel absolutely no fullness... it's been like that for months now. And Eli is the same with needing it for comfort.

I would say she's probably getting droplets, but even if she's getting nothing, she'll obviously stop if it wasn't comforting to her. Did you want to tandem nurse? If no, now would be a good time to gently encourage weaning. But if you did, then I see no problem continuing as is. In a few months she'll be really surprised!
Amy, mommy to Eli Michael, June 14 2009

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