My DD is 2.5 and still nursing probably 5-6 times a day. She would probably nurse more if I was home with her during the day. She loves nursing!
I am a little apprehensive about nursing through the pregnancy but will continue to take it day by day. I just want to make sure that the little one growing in my belly gets what he/she needs, and I don't really want to get to a state where I am really depleted of vitamins and minerals, etc. I am currently taking Opti Natal vitamins, which are partially food-based, not completely. The recommended dose is 6 tablets a day, but when my last midwife recommended them during my first pregnancy, she said I would probably only need two a day. I have been taking four a day since I found out I was pregnant, along with an extra 1000 mg vitamin C, a fish oil (DHA/EPA) supplement, fermented cod liver oil, and a calcium/magnesium/zinc supplement. I may go ahead and go to 6 tablets a day of the prenatals. My urine is really dark though, so I dunno. I have been slacking on the fruits and veggies lately
, but getting plenty of protein.
I was reading about nursing during pregnancy in LLL's Breastfeeding Answer Book, and I guess in the two studies that have been done in non-third world countries, there is no adverse effect on the developing baby when mothers nurse during pregnancy, as long as she ate adequately and took supplements. One of those studies did show that mom's fat stores were decreased if she nurse through a pregnancy. But there are lots of studies showing low birth weight, etc in countries where mom doesn't have enough food and vitamins. I have always felt like I easily get vitamin/mineral deficient anyway, so I guess that is the source of my nervousness about nursing this pregnancy.
I guess the studies show between 60-70% of nursing mothers wean during pregnancy, for various reasons. Child is ready, mom initiates, mom loses her milk ... I would like to tandem nurse. I am just nervous about getting depleted. And I feel kind of guilty about that, because I always thought I would child-led wean.