Well I finally got AF! LOL!! Now she can go away! AHAHAHAH!!
Anyway, how much did it affect your supply? Simon seems to not want to BF much today. Maybe did twice. He was getting mad at my boobs earlier so I offered him a sippy of milk and he downed it!!!! Poor little dude! I think my supply has taken a major hit. Does it recover after AF is gone? We're at 16 months so if this is it I know we did good, but I'm just sad. I love BF!!!!
I'm going to post another question now about milk/fluid intake for those not BF. LOL! I dont know how much to give him!! LOL!
If you want to keep BFing, I think it's magnesium and B6? that helps milk supply survive AF hormone changes. Ask Christa, she should know since it wasn't until after a couple of months of issues that she learned about this. Most people don't have issues or just have issues for a day or two though, which is easily survivable. I haven't noticed any major changes due to AF and she's been back since he was 7.5 months.
AF seemed to affect my supply a little when it first came back, but now I really don't notice a difference. My supply is regulated to a toddler who mostly eats solids so I probably don't have a ton anyway, but she is happy to keep on nursing anyway! I honestly don't know what my supply is, but as long as she's continuing to demand milk from me by nursing then my body should keep on making it. Oh, and in answer to your other question, I only really noticed the dip during AF. After it would be back to normal.
I would just BF him when he asks or offer during your normal times, and offer a sippy of milk or water periodically and/or with meals. If he's thirsty he'll drink it.
At this point, since he's over a year and not exclusively on BM or formula, a dip in your supply doesn't have to mean the end to nursing. As long as you both want to do it, feel free to keep going! Good job on 16 months!!!
With the 2 AF's I had once she came back, I didn't notice much of a change in my supply. If there was, it wasn't enough for me or Odin to notice.
~Joy~ DS1-8/5/05, DS2-10/18/10 (VBAC#1), DS3- 4/11/12 (VBAC#2!)