I am beginning the adventure of nursing my almost-2-year old while pregnant and was hoping some experienced mamas could give me some advice.
1. At what point and how sore did your nipples get? I am 10 weeks now, and my nipples are more sensitive--feels pretty much like I did when I was ovulating or about to get AF. Makes latching on unpleasant (and the constant switching therefore even more annoying), but it's not unbearable. Is that what it's going to feel like all the way or will it get worse? It's nothing like the pain I had the first 5 months when I just wanted to cry through most of our nursing sessions (I think it was Reynaud's).
2. Did you/do you recommend night weaning during pregnancy? We cosleep, and DS has been a terrible sleeper from day 1 (we came to cosleeping out of desperation--he wouldn't sleep at all on his own). He still wakes up very frequently. A 4-hr stretch is a huge occurrence (maybe one or twice a month); 2 hours is probably average for him. I WOH, and am exhausted after almost 2 years of this. However, I had sort of come to terms with just letting nature take its course, but now I'm thinking that I need to get him in a better sleep pattern for sanity's sake and although I plan to tandem, I do NOT want to deal with nursing a toddler and a newborn at night. I might should add here that my son had IUGR and has hung around the 1% for height-weight since the beginning. Getting him to eat anything is a struggle (tiny appetite and picky about textures), so I also have doubts about taking away the extra calories he might be getting at night. On the other hand, he rarely nurses more than 2-3 mins at a time--he's mainly just latching on to go back to sleep, I think.
3. Do you recommend *Adventures in Tandem Nursing*? I am wanting a book that deals with nursing in pregnancy and after--I found *The Womanly ARt of Breastfeeding* rather lacking in this area.
4. I have always wondered if my supply was/is low since DS was/is so tiny (and I could only pump 1 oz from my big producing breast during a banner pumping session). If he keeps nursing through to the point of tandeming (and I have no reason to think he won't), will he just help to improve my supply or could this make any low-supply issues I might already have worse?
Thanks for any advice on these issues!