TaShena (29) and Mark (33) Mommy to Will (12) Mikayla (9.5 months)
Congrats on your new expected little one. It can be pretty challenging to increasea supply during pregnancy b/c the hormones of pg suppress milk supply. However, many moms have bf throuigh a pg and done just fine.
Always the most important aspect of increasing or maintaining milk supply is taking milk from the breast. So increased breastfeeding and/or pumping is the way to increase supply.
As far as the sore nipples, again this can be related to the hormones of pg and can be difficult to resolve. Have you tried a hydrogel dressing like Soothies? That may keep you a bit more comfortable.
I'm sure many will chime in to help also.
Warmly, Kathy Kuhn
ivillage lactation consultant
and Grammy to Brennan, Elias, Elianna, Tahlia, and Makenna
Mandesa, "I'm made in God's image and that makes me a beauty queen"
Kathy Kuhn IBCLC ivillage lactation consultant Grammy to Brennan, Elias, Elianna, Tahlia, Makenna, Maura, Silas, and Charlotte
I'm 25 weeks along, nursing a 17-month old. There are days that it's hard and days where it's not. But if I just get through one nursing at a time and give myself permission to stop that session if it becomes too much, it's a lot more bearable.
(((hugs!))) It is worth it! And in regards to your milk supply, keep on nursing on cue. My supply dropped, but Isabella still kept on nursing. I just upped her water intake, since she's not a milk or juice girl. :) About the time I hit week 20, my colostrum started coming in, which led to some nasty stinky diapers (has happened to my other pg/nursing friends about 20 weeks too) but by week 24, the diapers were back to normal. So, even if it seems to you that your supply is gone, if she still wants to nurse, go for it.
Thanks so much.