Extended breastfeeding. Milk is gone!!!!

Allison - posted on 10/09/2013 ( 5 moms have responded )

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I have exclusively breastfed my 2year old since birth. No bottles etc. I weaned him from night feeds at one year old and now he sleeps through night fine, but he still has a feed to fall asleep to for his morning nap and a feed before bed. Although he doesn't fall asleep on me then, he just has it to calm down. Recently iv noticed it hurts a bit when he is feeding and I tried to manually pump some milk from my breasts but managed to get nothing. Could my milk have just stopped? If so, can get it back?

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Allison - posted on 10/12/2013

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It probably is his latch now you mention it. Usually when it hurts it's when he is half asleep already. So he is becoming lazy with it, ha! It's good to know it can't really just dry up :)

Celeste - posted on 10/10/2013

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I highly doubt that you've dried up. Milk usually just doesn't stop.

Pumping, manually or otherwise, is *NOT* an indicator of supply. Especially if you haven't pumped in months. Pump response decreases over time, which is NORMAL. I nursed twins, one weaned to 3 1/2 and the other at 4 1/2. I tried pumping one day when they were about 2 and didn't get any kind of response. But I knew they were getting milk.

You might check his latch. Sometimes, older nurslings can get lazy with their latch, and that might cause the pain.

Allison - posted on 10/10/2013

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Thanks for the replies. I am definitely not pregnant so that's not it:) I stopped pumping when he was about 4 months old because he just wouldn't ever take a bottle so just breastfed him from me all the time. Hard work, but so worth it!
Ill have a look into foods that could help and see if that works. Iv always been very thin so maybe it's just finally catching up with my milk supply. I don't want to stop breastfeeding him yet, he still loves it and iv started to read that breastfeeding until 3 years old is really good for them, so here's hoping I can go that long :) plus I need him to have his nap, and if breastfeeding him will get him to go down I really want to keep it up, lol!

Lori - posted on 10/09/2013

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Typically milk doesn't just dry up. If you're still nursing twice a day, you should still have enough milk for that twice per day.

A few thoughts though. First - could you be pregnant again? My first symptom of my 2nd pregnancy was pain while nursing my then almost 2 year old. She was only nursing 2 or sometimes 3 times per day, but it started HURTING when she'd latch on. A few weeks later I took a home test and got a positive result. A new pregnancy would be one reason why your milk could dry up even though you're nursing. Not all women dry up when pregnant again, but some do, and many notice a drop in supply if not completely dried up.
When was the last time you used your pump? I stopped using mine for each of my girls shortly after their first birthday. With my 2nd daughter I did use it on rare occasions when her older sister would get sick, but not often at all. By the time my 2nd daughter was getting close to 2 I was lucky if I could pump even half to maybe 1 ounce from both sides "before" nursing the little one to bed. However, the little one still seemed to get enough and go to sleep.
And - as Alexis mentioned, there are some foods we typically find in our diet that can support or increase your supply. Oatmeal, and Almonds are good ones.
On that same note.... have you taken anything lately like sudafed? Many decongestants can dry you up temporarily.

Alexis - posted on 10/09/2013

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DONT RELY ON THE PUMP. Lol.
Pumps don't suck like babes do, I know I make enough for my daughter but I can only manage to pump a little. Yes you can get it back. You can have him latch. I've been looking into making lactation cookies for myself. Carrots increase your milk supply. I forgot which foods do but you can look it up. I know I'm a new mommy, but I've done my research

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