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post #41 of 107
Hello everyone! I'm new here (just got my BFP today ) and I'm still nursing my 14 month DS. I hope I can keep going, he definitely still likes it, but I can already see a dip in my supply. Will it rebound? Or is it permanently lower do you think?
post #42 of 107
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Originally Posted by aleatha5 View Post
Hello everyone! I'm new here (just got my BFP today ) and I'm still nursing my 14 month DS. I hope I can keep going, he definitely still likes it, but I can already see a dip in my supply. Will it rebound? Or is it permanently lower do you think?
Mine turned to colostrum really early when I was pg with ds2 - like 16 weeks or something. When I was preg with dd, I had *nothing* from about 14 weeks on until very near the end when I started having colostrum again.

I suspect it's pretty individual. I've heard of supplies rebounding but it's just not my reality. FWIW, both my nurslings nursed through pregnancies without a problem. I could've easily weaned ds2 but he was content to nurse a little once a day even though nothing was coming out. I wanted him to nurse through so he could have the benefit of more milk since his left so early (when he was 7months
post #43 of 107
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Originally Posted by puffnstuff View Post
I've definitely read that for some women, nursing can help lessen or smooth out their experience of nausea!
That is awesome! Maybe that is why I am not nauseous this time!!
post #44 of 107
I am still nursing my almost 3 year old~he will be 3 in a week!! (where does the time go...) Anyway, we have not nursed for 2 days now and he has been asking but I just tell him to come cuddle and "nurse" instead... Not sure what to do either, we'll see what happens, I think it is time for us to wean!
post #45 of 107
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Originally Posted by JosieAK View Post
Man, if nursing makes m/s easier, than I'd hate to feel what life would be like without nursing! It's interesting that the milk might diminish after the first trimester. We will have been nursing for nearly 22 months at that stage, and I really think I'd be okay with it, although whether SHE would is a different story.

I read a story about a recently weaned little boy who saw his newborn sister nursing and went ballistic with envy, insisting on nursing at the same time, every time, day and night. I think it might seem like a betrayal to her. However, she is understanding so much more every day and maybe by that time, snuggles, book reading, and games will be enough to fill in the gap nursing used to have for us.
that may have happened to that little boy, but everyone i know who tandemed, that was not the case. sometimes the toddler picks up more sessions, but these typically lessen after he realizes that it's boring to just sit there and nurse all of the time (it's hard to keep a moving toddler down!) with my toddlers (i tandemed twice), before the baby came, i used to talk to them about how newborn babies nurse, poop, and sometimes cry. that's it... that's all they do. so when the newborn came, it was no surprise that the baby wanted to nurse AGAIN!!! i tried to keep the newborn in the sling sometimes throughout the day, so while the baby was nursing, they were portable. i'd sit down and color with the other kids, or have a snack with them, so they didn't feel like nursing the baby was ALL i had the time for. once i felt they were all secure, i didn't need to do that as much. (and neither ever showed any sign of insecurity or jealousy. i just wanted to make sure it stayed that way, yk? validate their feelings of wanting mommy, b/c i know they did.)

i just wanted to reassure you that that is not what generally happens, ime.
post #46 of 107
We have not told our DS yet that he's going to have a sibling, but we've been discussing the idea of a baby in the house in a general sense. I explained to him that he would have to share his milk if we had our own baby to keep here at the house with us. He thought about it and pointed to my boobs one at a time saying, "I'll have this milk and baby can have that milk." I'm a bit shocked that he's even considering the idea of sharing his milky!
post #47 of 107
when i was uncertain if i was pregnant or not i was talking with son about a baby and sharing milk with a baby. my sons names for my breasts are big milky and small milky. i swear he size difference is not that noticeable!
my son said the baby could have the big milky which is his favorite. i thought that was really cute.
post #48 of 107
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Originally Posted by moonfroggy View Post
when i was uncertain if i was pregnant or not i was talking with son about a baby and sharing milk with a baby. my sons names for my breasts are big milky and small milky. i swear he size difference is not that noticeable!
my son said the baby could have the big milky which is his favorite. i thought that was really cute.
Awww. That's so cute. It's so great when we get to catch our LOs in such sweet moments.
post #49 of 107
ds just turned one and i'm hoping to nurse as long as i can, so i guess i better read up on tandem nursing. so far i have been encouraging him to eat more and more solids. he only nurses now at nap times and throughout the night (although i feel like he may have increased his nighttime nursing since i have tried to nurse him less often during the day).
post #50 of 107
Still nursing almost 21 months DS. The nips are a little sore but it isn't bad at all. my supply is still great so I'm feeling optimistic. Just taking things month by month I guess
post #51 of 107

Could this be - already???

I think my milk might be decreasing and/or drying up already. I'm just at 5 weeks, but I'm also on progesterone injections. I really think that may have something to do with it. Last night and this morning when DS nursed it hurt a bit - not a ton - just a bit. Last night I asked him if anything was coming out and he shook his head no. When he was done I gave myself a squeeze to check - I usually get a little spray from this. Nothing. I tried quite a few angles. This morning he did say he got some and when I checked I got the teensiest drop out of one. But not the spray I can usually get. Poor DS - I'm really sad for him. I just didn't expect this to start happening so soon. He's actually okay with it. He's 3 yrs and 3 months and we've had a lovely and blessed nursing relationship and he can continue to comfort nurse even if/when the milk dries completely. Also, I'm open to tandem if he wants to resume when the milk comes back in. But I just feel for him right now. He loves his milky.
post #52 of 107
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Originally Posted by puffnstuff View Post
I've definitely read that for some women, nursing can help lessen or smooth out their experience of nausea!
Wish that worked for me! I'm nursing my 3.5DD. I didn't have any sickness with my other 2 pregnancies, but I feel nauseous pretty much all the time with this one!

I love nursing her and I don't plan to ween her, but I am definitely apprehensive about how my very head-strong DD will handle tandem nursing, especially at night. I think she'll be ok during the day since she very rarely nurses during the day, but she's pretty possessive at night and I can't imagine her sharing willingly.
post #53 of 107
i am a bit worried how tandem nursing at night will go as well. my son nurses a about 3 times on an average day but on and off through the night and i can't see how i could manage to sleep with two nursling at night. i am telling myself it is a long way off and he will be older and his needs will change by then.
post #54 of 107
I went away and am having a hard time getting Finnian to nurse. My situation is complicated by the fact that I must use a Lact-aid, since I do not have a full supply due to a breast reduction. I have usually been able to wean them from the supplementor by 18 months, but I have little desire to use the Lact-aid since returning from my trip. My own fault, but I am kind of feeling like letting nursing go. Such an odd feelings since most of mine nursed until 4-5. My 7y/o only weaned 2 years ago. The last 2 1/2 years have been very challenging pregnancy, baby and nursing wise so I am not sure whee to go from here right now.
post #55 of 107
I'm still nursing my almost 21 month old but my supply has tanked. We finally night weaned him about 2 weeks ago because I just couldn't take all the night waking anymore. Dh takes him when he wakes at night now. He still wants to nurse lots, all the time if he could, but since it makes me want to climb the walls I've been trying to start limiting it.
post #56 of 107
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Originally Posted by Mamatoabunch View Post
I went away and am having a hard time getting Finnian to nurse. My situation is complicated by the fact that I must use a Lact-aid, since I do not have a full supply due to a breast reduction. I have usually been able to wean them from the supplementor by 18 months, but I have little desire to use the Lact-aid since returning from my trip. My own fault, but I am kind of feeling like letting nursing go. Such an odd feelings since most of mine nursed until 4-5. My 7y/o only weaned 2 years ago. The last 2 1/2 years have been very challenging pregnancy, baby and nursing wise so I am not sure whee to go from here right now.
i know what you mean... i nursed my older two until they were 4 1/2 yo, but i also had another newborn, so i had milk. (i dry-nursed through the pg, and then they nursed after baby came). my third is only 3 1/2, and i lost my milk a year ago (after 7 straight years of nursing), so she has been dry-nursing here and there, but i think this is it for her. it feels weird for me b/c of how long the first two nursed.

he's only 1 though, right? can you just nurse, and not use the lact-aid, since he's on solids anyway? hugs mama... that must be hard. (and i LOVED seeing how big your family is!!! congratulations!!!)
post #57 of 107
so, im really looking for advice and figured nursing pregnant mamas might be able to help. i am about 6 weeks along and have an infant that i am STILL exclusively (and on demand) breastfeeding. yep, my period returned within 6 weeks PPD. 10 weeks with my first ds. anyway, all the information im finding refers to toddlers and pregnancy. i have no intention of weaning him, but im very worried about my milk supply. he is still about a month away from solids. and after that he will still rely mostly on mamas milk. just trying to figure out how to do this and wondering if anyone has an advice or information they could share?
thanks mamas and sorry for interrupting any discussions.
post #58 of 107
ashtree do you pump? i am thinking if you can pump and freeze milk you could get one of those things that some adoptive mothers and others with very low supply use so that the baby can nurse at the breast but get milk from a bag. i am not describing it very well. but if you could do something like that then when/if your supply gets low or goes away you would still be able to give milk that you had frozen.
post #59 of 107
yea, i meant to mention on the post that i can not pump. never have been able to get more than an ounce with either boys. that would be an awesome idea otherwise. i do have some nursing mama friends and im not opposed to asking for their help. i would rather that than formula in the event i do need to supplement.
post #60 of 107
I am still nursing my 16 month old DS. I am 10 weeks now (I'm due late may), haven't had a supply hit yet. He nurses between 5-10x a day or so, less on weekdays (I work FT) and more on weekends. It feels a little different, but not too bad, depends on how sleepy/lazy he is sometimes.

I was recently even still pumping for him, but he had started rejecting milk from a bottle around when I got pregnant - I think I stopped pumping at about 6 weeks, before I even tested (though I had suspicions)


my ob/gyn seemed to think I could keep up my supply okay, given that I had a tendency for oversupply. She did say though that in her limited experience, mothers that she'd seen hadn't had success tandem nursing. I know many on here have though, so I might try it. I do worry though w/ the spacing, it seems most have more success w/ larger spacing (and more verbal toddlers, probably) DS will be not quite 2 when this babe is born. (if all goes well)

plus, he's pretty possessive! he gets jealous and will want to nurse even if the mr. and I are cuddling or something. So I am worried that trying to wean him post-babe if its too chaotic/overwhelming would be too difficult, but weaning him before means I won't be trying it, and it *might* work.

either way we'll try nightweaning first. Ill put off making a decision on tandem nursing until way later - he'll change so much in the next 6 months!
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