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post #1 of 69
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Little check in for those of us nursing toddlers/babes during pregnancy: how are things going?

Has anyone noticed a change in stools? My little guy is 2.5 years old and whoa, things are much different for him in that department. I am almost 12 weeks - seems early for colostrum? Something is definitely loosening things up for him (blech!). Not exactly pleasant for a nauseated mommy

He is also commenting on the taste of my milk. He says "That booby saucy". I asked him if he means salty: no. He also said unsweetened applesauce tasted saucy the other day - I am thinking maybe he is interpreting it as more sour/less sweet? I asked him if it tasted better and he said no...so I asked if it tasted worse and he said yes.

I am now having deja vu typing this...I hope this isn't a repeat of something we've already discussed!!
post #2 of 69
Going okay, DS is still nursing for naps and bedtime(and overnight) but here in a few weeks, my mom and MIL are each going to take him overnight to try and help nightwean him, just so I don't have to be up all night with him and be exhausted. DH is going to help too, but I'm not going to expect much from him since he never sleeps much anyway due to his long hours at work. I know its going to be hard, but I'm really tired of it Nipples still hurt, but I'm 12 weeks and the nausea is pretty much gone and the nips are starting to feel a little better. The ultimate goal is to get him completely weaned before baby arrives, hopefully longer before than that just so he's not reminded of it when babe starts nursing. I really don't want to tandem, mainly due to my own personal sleep issues. I'm afraid I'll never sleep if I'm up all night nursing two kids and cosleeping.
post #3 of 69
It's going ok, caden still pretty much feeds on demand and in the last few weeks has started refusing to go to bed awake so i am now having to feed him to sleep every night.
post #4 of 69
Eh it's ok I am not enjoying it at all at the moment though, b/c it is pretty painful. Ds just cut his two top teeth and is teething right now so I am sure that has some to do with it.
post #5 of 69
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Originally Posted by lil_stinkyfeet View Post
Eh it's ok I am not enjoying it at all at the moment though, b/c it is pretty painful. Ds just cut his two top teeth and is teething right now so I am sure that has some to do with it.
that is pretty late for teeth, no? I think DS cut his top teeth at 5 months or so (his bottom came in at 4 mos) I knew he had them early but I didn't know there could be such a range!

we are still nursing here, a LOT. Honestly, I wish DS showed some sign, any sign of a bit of disinterest. But instead, I have to actively fend him off to nurse him as little as I am (which is still 5-9x a day/night - the higher on weekends) I work full time, and I nurse him first thing in the AM, another time before work (not always) after I get home from work, bedtime, and another 2x at night. On weekends its harder since he really asks for it so much and gets so upset when I say no. I have to actively distract him, constantly. Even DH said weekdays are easier - DS plays by himself much better, etc., when I'm not around. He runs interference when DS decides all he wants to do is nurse and my usual distractions aren't working.

I nursed on demand probably until 2 months ago, since he was so slow with solids - I only stopped pumping at work after getting pregnant. And I started limiting recently since it is really draining. My letdowns used to hurt a lot, now they REALLY hurt. Luckily the rest isn't too painful or anything. I just know we'll need to nightwean soon, and I'm not sure how he'll react to any drop in supply if that does happen. Its odd, I have a lot of friends w/ babes the same age who are weaning w/ no issues at all - babe has little interest anymore.
post #6 of 69
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Originally Posted by bluepetals View Post

Has anyone noticed a change in stools? My little guy is 2.5 years old and whoa, things are much different for him in that department. I am almost 12 weeks - seems early for colostrum? Something is definitely loosening things up for him (blech!). Not exactly pleasant for a nauseated mommy
You know, this makes total sense. DD usually has firm stools, and is super easy to clean up. Recently, they have turned looser, and more often. I wondered if it was something she had eaten, but I guess it may be something she has 'eaten'!
post #7 of 69
We're getting ready to nightwean too in another month or so- I just can't take the wakings anymore. I am soooooo exhausted. But we need to move first and get DS used to his new house and get him a new bed so he can spend partial nights in his own space where he seems to do better. We only nurse for nap, bedtime, wakeup, and maybe 2-3 times at night. His molars are still trying to make an appearance so he has been sucking harder, leaving teethmarks and just making me miserable at night.

I'm not so sure that I want to tandem nurse but I guess it would be fine if he was only nursing 1-2x a day. I guess we'll just go with the flow.
post #8 of 69
10 weeks here & still REALLY REALLY sore. DD is finally cutting her 4 canine teeth though at 26mos so I don't have the heart to change anything until those come in (no idea what I'm going to do about the 2 year molars whenever they finally show up). I'm seriously considering night weaning as I don't want to night-tandem but I guess I'm stalling until those last 4 come in as she refuses to eat & nurses constantly when she's teething. Oh how I'd love a full night's sleep though.
post #9 of 69
I have no breast tenderness or nipple soreness, which is REALLY strange for me during a pregnancy - but I am feeling the irritation at nursing, especially when DS3 just latches and doesn't really *do* anything. I think my supply must be dropping off. First thing in the morning he nurses well (he is nightweaned), but the rest of the day it's more "can I just put my mouth there?" nursing and that irks me.

I have nursed through pregnancy in varying degrees but never tandem nursed. I don't really want to wean little G but I'm not sure how I feel about tandem nursing. For now, though, I will continue to nurse him. I've been encouraging him to suckle actively by doing breast compression if he's tending to just sit there. We are definintely nursing a bit less often, though.
post #10 of 69
I think DD has officially weaned. It's been five days since she's asked to nurse. For weeks before that she would ask and then barely latch on and stop. I feel almost shunned! My independent little daughter (21 months) has weaned! My boys didn't wean until about 3 1/2 years old.
post #11 of 69
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Originally Posted by seafox View Post
that is pretty late for teeth, no? I think DS cut his top teeth at 5 months or so (his bottom came in at 4 mos) I knew he had them early but I didn't know there could be such a range!

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None of my kids cut any teeth until 8mos, There is a large range
post #12 of 69
Nursing for us is going great. I am about 11 1\2 weeks, with no nipple pain. I remind her to open her mouth big and when it starts to get uncomfortable at night, I tell her nursies are night night and that usually works. We also bought her a stuffed animal and everytime I nurse her to sleep, or lay down with her we give her the doggie. Now we can pass on nursies and the give her the dog and that sometimes works too.
post #13 of 69
Going great here! No pain. No drop in supply. I do think DS is requesting to nurse less often though, now that I think about it. He used to try to nurse all day. Now he only nurses when he wakes in the morning and after his nap. I even asked him if he wanted to nurse and he said no. Maybe it does taste different.
post #14 of 69
I'd been wondering it tastes different. Before I found out I was pregnant a couple of weeks back, I'd noticed that my daughter (who is just about 2 yrs, 2 mos) has been on a nursing rampage for about the previous month or so. After I got my bfp I realized that her uptick in frequency & duration started after I conceived, and it made me wonder if the milk taste different to her. She's been nursing more like she was when she was 1. It was ok-ish until this past weekend (aside from the whole exhaustion thing since she marathon nurses at night), but now it hurts like heck to boot.

Bah.
post #15 of 69
Have any of you noticed a large increase in nursing? My almost 15 month old was nursing what seemed like non-stop at night for the past month or so and is requesting it quite a bit more during the day. Guessing supply is dropping off as am noticing less wet diapers. He still is not really good about regularly eating solids so I'm a bit worried. We are starting to supplement with soy milk, but that hasn't gone over too well. I guess he'll drink it if he's really thirsty?
post #16 of 69
Thread Starter 
laliu, are there other liquids he likes to drink? Water, diluted juice, etc...if he is peeing less, maybe another liquid would help make up some of that hydration. Before I got pregnant, my son was getting, like, an inch of rice milk in a cup once or twice a day - only because he begged for it when he saw his big brother drinking it He would never even finish that little bit. Since I got pregnant, he has started finishing his little bit and asking for more, and has upped his intake of fluids a lot. So I'm thinking definitely my supply has dropped. His nursing frequency is about the same as it was before, but I can tell he's swallowing much less milk.

Sigh. The drawback of nursing while pregnant (for me, at least)...feeling a wee bit guilty!!
post #17 of 69
We're still going pretty much as before. She hasnt nursed a lot in the past few days but I'm thinking that is more due to me being sick with a cold. She seems to be dropping night nursing herself which I find a relief. I wish she'd drop the 6am feed too though. When she nurses that early she wants to get up afterwards but if she sleeps through it she sleeps until 7.

I'm hoping that she'll keep up with the nursing since I've been seeing our nursing relationship going on for at least another year. I dont mind tandem nursing, if anything I think it'll be a good bonding experience for her. We'll see how that turns out though lol. I've been talking with her a bit about the baby in the belly and how the baby will grow and also come have boob with her. She seemed interested.
post #18 of 69
My daughter nurses ALL THE TIME. Sometimes it's so much that I find myself gettng frustrated and I consider weening. I want her to ween on her own, but when she snacks all day long, it's rough.
post #19 of 69
*sigh*...our nursing days have come to a close....I MIGHT let her nurse at night (before bed) for two more nights to make it to the 20th (that will be our 25 month milestone)....I'm really sad about it...which I didn't think I would be....but at the same time it's been SO aggitating to me the last few weeks....I night weaned her back in the end of July/beginning of August....then it was still nurse on demand during the day....then I backed it off to wake up, nap, and bedtime....then it was just wake up and bedtime....now it's just bedtime....she asks several times a day....it just hurt SO much and I started drying up....so that DOUBLES the pain...youch. Anyway....I cried last night...thank you hormones! LOL....

I really wasn't expecting it to be this emotional of a step! LOL
post #20 of 69
My toddler turned 2 a month a go - 25mths tomorrow. He doesn't feed at night though we are co-sleeping. He feeds about once a day and its all I can really stand. Sometimes it feels like he is not really feeding just sucking- looks like I have colostrum and not milk.
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