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post #21 of 34
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I feel like I'm nursing more than ever.  Some people say that the taste of the milk changes even if you don't have a supply drop and that many babies don't like it.  If mine has changed, my son is loving it.  He's always been a big nurser, though.  He's still swallowing a lot and his diet hasn't changed much otherwise, so I am assuming he's still getting milk (he'll even gulp while nightnursing).  I want to keep nursing him, and I feel like it's our strongest connection right now because I haven't been able to do much else with him lately (go out and play, etc.) due to hyperemesis.  So I almost always say okay when he comes up to me to nurse.  Which is often.  When I'm feeling super sick or I just ate and need to let my stomach settle first, I will try to distract him, but I always eventually end up nursing him.

 

I think he's going through a lot developmentally, and that's wreaking havoc on his sleep.  He's never slept through the night, but he was down to just a couple nightwakings at one point and could sleep up to 4 hours at a time.  Now, he's really working on his language (trying to put two words together!), dealing with new strong emotions, and getting bigger by the second.  And he's having a heck of a time falling asleep at all and sleeping no more than 2 hours at a time.  He had started skipping his afternoon nap, which made things worse, but now he's back to napping and it helps a little bit.  But nighttime is really hard these days and I don't think nightweaning is the answer at all for him.  Fortunately, I am able to nap during the day with him, which is what is keeping me sane, I guess.

post #22 of 34

We're done. DS (13 months) hasn't nursed since he turned one in December. I am now making raw milk-based formula for him. He loves it and it's great for him nutritionally. I tandem nursed #1 and #2 for two years and I know what I'd be getting into ... don't think I had it in me to do that again. ;) Weaning DS this past month was totally mutual ... I did it for me and for the new baby, too, and DS didn't mind a bit. He loves his raw milk!

 

 

post #23 of 34

We haven't weaned yet but DS is starting to nurse less.  Up until a month or so ago, he would nurse usually 3-4 times during the day and once early in the morning.  Lucky me he's been STTN for the past month or so... goes to bed at 8, gets up at 6 for a nursing, then goes back to sleep til 8.  The last couple weeks he's been having a hard time going back to sleep when he wakes up at 6.  I dont know if it's because my supply has gone down and he's hungry or not as "lulled" back to sleep or if it's because maybe he's having some new seperation anxiety.  But Since he's down to twice a day now, my supply has really gone down.  I pump at work and only get about an ounce or two total now.  I'm not sad if he self weans because I would love the break, especially from pumping at work.  But I feel guilty to lead the weaning so I'm just doing what ever he wants still.  Sometimes he'll come sign for milk so I'll let him nurse and he just sucks for a second then goes about his way.  Let down now takes at least a couple minutes I think so maybe he's getting frustrated too.  

 

Sorry a little rambling... that's our nursing story for now.    toddler.gif

post #24 of 34

My doctor is now on board with us continuing to nurse as long as I don;t notice a link between nursing and contractions:)  28mo has lessened feeds to maybe 4 a day, even Ion days I am home with him the whole time.  This it the lowest ever!!!  At 14wks he says my milk still taskes like icecream and is the same.  Hoping he self weans when the milk goes or that contractions never become linked- always looking for path of least resistance;)

post #25 of 34
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Was just wondering how the other nursing mamas are doing. Who is still nursing? Who has switched to colostrum? Who still has milk? Who has lost their milk? Who has weaned on purpose and whose LOs weaned themselves?

We are still nursing but much less now, probably 3-4 times a day. DS is now 17.5 months and, in general, seems less dependent on nursing for comfort than he was a few months ago. Although he has his moments where he obviously really needs it.

Latching still hurts but I'm used to it now. I've definitely switched to colostrum (saw some and it was thick and yellowish) and I can tell the volume of milk has gone down because DS only nurses for a few minutes at a time now. He seems cool with it though.

I'm still planning to tandem and still excited about it, even though I know I'll probably feel like a walking boob for the first few months. (But I think I'll feel like that anyway with the new baby, so why not share the milk?)

I seem to be gaining weight slower this time (for me a good thing as last time it felt out of control) and I think it may have to do with nursing, and just chasing DS around in general makes me more active. I feel tired but I'm careful to eat well and eat enough, so I think it's just normal to be tired when you're preg and have a toddler!
post #26 of 34

Still nursing here. DD is 27 months. We have night-weaned, and weaned from nursing to sleep, but still nursing 3-4 times a day, with wakeup being by far the longest session. No milk, no colostrum. She couldn't care less, although I'm thinking it might have made the nightweaning go a little easier- nothing worth fighting for.  I'm lucky in that since the 1st trimester, I haven't had any pain or aversion. I'm on the fence about tandeming, but it looks like it's what's going to happen. Unless some major change comes up, she's firmly attached to her "meemees"

 

post #27 of 34
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Still nursing my 24.5 month old. Only once or twice during the day, as well as before his nap and a handful of times overnight. And when he wakes up in the morning. I guess that's still pretty often, but it's less than before.

I only hear the occasional swallow lately. I don't think he minds much, though.

I'm 22 weeks tomorrow. When does colostrum usually start up? I've never been good at expressing so I guess I'll wait for his diapers to tell me!
post #28 of 34

My 30 month son just weaned I think.  The milk seems to be gone and he isn't loving the taste of colostrum (always tasted like "green icecream" to him before and now tastes like "yellow icecream").  I was okay with him continuing to bf, and still am even though it hurts for those first 30 sec or so, but he mostly plays and tries to put my nipple in his ear or his eye for "ear milkies" or "eye milkies".  It has all been very natural and smooth and he knows that when the baby comes the milk will be back, but it just feels like he is getting ready to be completely done.  He stills nurses in the morning for 30 sec and sometimes at night for the same or less.  Such a big boy!  Amazing that only 3 months ago he was nursing 5x a day!

post #29 of 34

I think we're weaned too.  He's only 18 months but as much as I offer he doesn't want it.  He cut back to before nap and bedtime about 2 months ago and has been STTN since then.  I think he just gets frustrated that there's nothing there.  I can occasionally get him to be interested enough to try but he does about 2 sucks and is done.  It went by easily and gently for both of us so I'm happy about that.  I'm not sad about the break between the two since I'm already not looking forward to those first weeks of engorgement but I'm hoping that he'll resume once the supply comes back after LO is born. 

post #30 of 34

I am 25 weeks pregnant and my soon to be 3 year old son is still nursing to sleep, throughout the night, first thing in the morning, and during the day sparingly (when he doesn't feel well).  He had a stomach bug last week so stopped eating his regular amount of table food (and lost a little weither) atching more often and for longer because of that.  The past few nights I had to limit his nursing time because he was latched so often (and I was uncomfortable).  I am assuming he is getting something.

 

I am reading Adventures in Tandem Nursing and highly recommend it for anyone considering doing it.  I am learning a lot!

 

When does colostrum typically start to come in?  I know it can be different for everyone...

post #31 of 34
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When does colostrum typically start to come in? I know it can be different for everyone...


I read somewhere it can be anywhere from 4-8 months pregnant, so, it varies hugely!
post #32 of 34
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I am 25 weeks pregnant and my soon to be 3 year old son is still nursing to sleep, throughout the night, first thing in the morning, and during the day sparingly (when he doesn't feel well).  He had a stomach bug last week so stopped eating his regular amount of table food (and lost a little weither) atching more often and for longer because of that.  The past few nights I had to limit his nursing time because he was latched so often (and I was uncomfortable).  I am assuming he is getting something.

 

I am reading Adventures in Tandem Nursing and highly recommend it for anyone considering doing it.  I am learning a lot!

 

When does colostrum typically start to come in?  I know it can be different for everyone...


I read it cover to cover and I second the recommendation to read it but even if you're not planning to tandem. It has some good info in there about just adding another baby. I really liked it.
post #33 of 34

DS (22 mos) weaned about a month ago.  He went from nursing 3x a day to being completely done in a two week period.  I was really thinking he'd keep going, but he went 4-5 days without asking to nurse at naptime, and when he asked after that, I offered water, which he happily took.  He then dropped the bedtime nursing too, and nursed once in the middle of the night for another week, and then started asking for water instead.  After a month of not asking, he asked last night, which threw me for a loop, but turned out he was hungry from skipping dinner, so he ate a banana & went back to sleep.

post #34 of 34
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Originally Posted by Nightswimming View Post

When does colostrum typically start to come in? I know it can be different for everyone...




I read somewhere it can be anywhere from 4-8 months pregnant, so, it varies hugely!


I think I have determined my colostrum came in...my son's poops are pretty loose and yesterday he had 4 dirty diapers (normally he has 2).  Also, today, after not nursing for weeks during the day he nursed 3-4 times.  I think he is enjoying the new taste.  Maybe he had only been comfort nursing (I couldn't tell if I was dry or if he was getting anything) until now and now that something is coming out he finds it much more beneficial.  I am also starving today...eating a lot but still hungry which makes me think that my body was not really making milk before and now that it is making colostrum it needs more calories.

 

Does this make any sense?  If I am producing colostrum which had him nurse 3-4 times today (and a lot the past 2 nights) is this a reason why my hunger increased dramatically today?  Or is this me just being pregnant?  

 

If anyone has any insight I would love it!  

 

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