Nursing Mamas Thread - Page 2
I doubt if pumping will help me, but is that safe during pregnancy. I feel like it's probably not okay unless you've been doing it all along, which I haven't.
I thought this was a really great explanation (for any of us) about milk supply in pregnancy, it was really helpful to me.
Wish I knew what to tell you, that's such a hard spot to be in. I have a couple of friends who had surprise pregnancies right about 9 months pp. One nursling stuck it out no problem and went on to ravenously tandem, another weaned about midway through pregnancy. Positive thoughts for you to be the former!
How do you nurse a toddler around a big belly?
It would be on the early side, but it's possible that your milk supply may already be dropping due to pregnancy.
Your toddler may be frustrated because the taste of your milk is changing.
Or, it could just be a coincidence and be entirely unrelated to pregnancy.
Hope your toddler calms down!
I'm nursing my youngest who will be 2 around T-giving. I've done tandem nursing, and actually love tandem during engorgement. LOL I'll nurse her through if she wants to. My milk usually dries up around 7-8 mo, so I may lose her then, we'll see. Right now she's been battling a stomach bug for about a week now and has been nursing a LOT and I'm really feeling it.
I am nursing my 22 month old dd. (I have actually been nursing continuously since May of 2002). I have tandemed several times and am looking forward to doing it again. Dd has not cut down nursing at all (I am 5wks 4days). I was pregnant this year from April to August (I lost my son at 17 wks) and her nursing slowed around wk 13 to 3-5 x a day but picked up within a few days of his birth. She nurses constantly now when I am around (I work away from her 2 days a week). I have noticed less engorgement in the last couple of wks then I had a month ago when I wasn't around her. The nipples are tender but I have found that LOTS of water really helps to alleviate any discomfort. Also, I think my nipples are pretty numb at this point. (Where the heck is the embarrased smiley?)
my son (nearly 3) isn't whiny and dissatisfied, but he finishes up quickly and tells me "this side is empty". I'm really hoping he'll start eating more actual food now, since he's so very picky!
I'm pretty sure I have no milk left, so it's definitely all comfort nursing, but it's still nursing! lol
So, I'm nursing my 4 y/o DS and I'm due July 14, 2011.
DS nursed while I was pregnant last time (lost Finley at 16 weeks) and he didn't really change nursing habits too much. But I'm pretty sure I haven't had milk for a while, even before that pregnancy and loss.
When I got pregnant last time, I thought that I wouldn't be surprised if DS kept nursing and then we tandem nursed, or if he lost interest for a bit and then picked it up again after my milk came in again. Now that he'll turn 5 three weeks after this baby is due, I'm not sure what will happen....although I still kind of think I wouldn't be surprised if he stopped during the pregnancy and then picked it back up again when there's actually milk again! lol At this point, I don't care either way...whatever happens, happens.
My nursling is still nursing as much as ever, not fussing too much at the breast, but he does tug sometimes or get frustrated. I know I do still have milk, but probably not as much as before. We've given him bottles of formula (3-4 per week right now) when he just doesn't seem satisfied after nursing. He's too young for me not to supplement with formula, unfortunately. I'm hoping that we don't have to supplement too much more than that, because I want him to continue nursing, but I can't force him to. At the moment he's still very interested in nursing. I've been taking More Milk Two several times a day and eating my oat bran muffins religiously in order to keep my supply up for him. Oh, and trying to remember to drink plenty of water. That's getting tougher as morning sickness gets worse, but I'm trying.
I'm nursing my 2 year 4 month old son. I nursed his big sister through his pregnancy. She weaned within a week of his birth - she didn't like the taste of the milk. :)
I was fairly enthusiastic about tandem nursing big sister when my son was born. I'm not feeling it so much this time and it strikes me as more likely that I'll end up tandem nursing son and baby although I suppose I don't have any real reason to feel that way other than some sort of gut instinct.
I have no plans to encourage weaning, although I do remember last pregnancy that I did put more limits on how long daughter could nurse at a time and I have noticed my nipples are becoming more irritated lately so perhaps some time limits will be implemented soon. I'm just not sure how I'll ever get him down for naps or bedtime if he's not nursing. Hubby used to be daughter to bed so she had other techniques before I got pregnant. Hubby doesn't put son to bed (because he's still in charge of daughter's bedtime) and I'm just not sure that I'm ready to put energy into changing son's falling sleep pattern right now.
I'm nursing my 16 month old DS, mostly at night and for naps. I really hope to continue as long as possible. Maybe this is a side issue, but for those of you who co-sleep or night-nurse, how are you planning to handle this after the birth. Are you planning to night wean before the birth? Any tips on how to handle this?
I'm going to try to night wean just a month or two before the new baby comes. DS will be 15-16 months at that time. I have a feeling he'll still spend a lot of time in bed with us though, as all my children we're still in our bed quite a bit until between 2-3 years old. My first two were 18 months apart and we ended up with a massive family bed in our room, with a full and queen size bed mashed together. DD1 ended up moving to a toddler bed (in our room) by 2 years old though. If nightweaning doesn't happen easily at 15 months, I may wait until after the new baby is here to nightwean DS. I just can't say for sure yet. He's still my baby in every way and I have no desire to boot him from my bed or wean at all yet. He's only 10 months old.