Pregnant and nursing a 9.5 month old

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Registered: 07-27-2009
Pregnant and nursing a 9.5 month old
Tue, 09-27-2011 - 10:58pm

Can anyone give me an average water/fluid intake that I should have to maintain my supply while nursing and pregnant? I have been lax on keeping my fluid intake up, pumping at times has been irregular (though for the most part it is regular),

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Registered: 06-10-2008
Wed, 09-28-2011 - 10:39am
Jen, congrats on your new pregnancy! That's so exciting!

I'm not sure we can give you a specific fluid intake or food ration you'll need to maintain your supply. Some moms do find a large supply dip while pregnant and others hardly see any difference. If they're going to see a dip, some see if right away whereas others don't see a difference until further on in their pregnancies.

Other than keeping up with demand by regular nursing and pumping, there isn't a ton you can do if you do notice a dip in supply because of pregnancy hormones. You may want to keep a closer eye on his wet diapers and weight gain to make sure everything is where it should be. Since he's still under a year, if you see a significant dip, you may need to consider supplementing if you're not able to produce enough.

If you haven't already, I'd highly recommend picking up a copy of "Adventures in Tandem Nursing" by Hilary Flower. It's THE reference on nursing while pregnant and tandem nursing and has lots of great information. Here are some highlights from the book to get you started:

Good luck!
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Registered: 01-12-2008
Tue, 10-11-2011 - 12:06am

I nursed DD while PG with DS. I never seemed extra hungry during the first trimester. I didn't loose weight but I didn't gain either. My best suggestion is to go with your hunger cues. Make sure you are getting healthy calories.

For the water, drink when you are thirsty!
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Registered: 08-16-2004
Thu, 10-13-2011 - 12:32am
I drank about 1 gallon or just over of water per day and ate oatmeal daily to keep my supply up while pg. Pregnancy tea is also helpful.

Have you tried power pumping? I believe Kellymom has directions on using power pumping to increase supply.

I would eat when hungry and that should be fine unless you start to loose weight then I would start accounting for everything.