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Nursing mama's how is it going????

post #1 of 82
Thread Starter 

I am going to start weaning today :( I just cannot do it anymore. My nipples hurt sooooooo bad. I am thankful that I continued this long. My whole house just went through a bout of Rotavirus and Zay was the least effected so I am happy that I could nurse her through that but now I am so done. I am still getting over the Rota myself and I just feel completly drained. My plan is to try lemon juice on my nipples to see if it will deter her. Some of you might think that is drastic but I am at the end of my rope :(

 

So how is everyone else doing?

 

Amy

post #2 of 82

I think we're coming to the end...I am on 2 meds for morning sickness, so I don't feel awesome about putting that into her body as well, even if it is considered "safe".  However, she has pinkeye and ear infections right now, so I will probably nurse her a few more times til she is well (I've been putting milk in her eyes and ears, and it seems to be helping...though she gives me this look like, Mom, you're WASTING it.)

 

I guess I am lucky in that neither of my kids have ever really asked to nurse...it is something they love to do when I offer, but they don't beg.  I don't think I could handle that- it would making weaning SO hard!  With my son, we just nursed less and less until one day I realized that it had been a few days and he was done.  I loved that...never had to have a "last nursing session" which would have been heart wrenching for me.  I hope that it goes the same way with Violet...that one of these days I realize that we're done.

 

 

post #3 of 82

It's actually going pretty well so far.  I'm only 6 wks along though and no nausea for me, as of yet.  I have a bit of discomfort sometimes when DS nurses, but no real pain.  When did you guys start feeling pain while nursing?

 

DS is nursing at least as much as always, I think more.  I imagine he's getting less and that's why, but who knows.  It seems like every time I sit on the couch, he wants to nurse.  I want to wean him off 1 feeding, the 10.30pm one which he still wakes up for every night (he otherwise doesnt' eat overnight), but I don't know how to even do that. lol.

post #4 of 82
Still nursing at 16.5 months. Sometimes, I just have enough touchy and have him stop, other times it's ok. I hope to get to 18 months. We will see if my nipples get any more sore.
post #5 of 82

Better than I expected. My breasts were SO crazy painful when I was pregnant for ds but I'm not there yet with this one. My nipples are definitely tender but it's not awful & for how little he is nursing it's not a concern.

post #6 of 82

Still going fine, here.  I don't think my milk supply is down yet, and it's not painful, either.  I'm only 5w5d today, though. 

 

When did you find your milk supply dropping and it getting painful?

post #7 of 82

I don't know how you ladies do it!  Every time I've been pregnant and nursing at the same time, I didn't really have issues with pain, but I got *serious* creepy-crawly feelings all over my body every time I nursed.  It was all I could do not to scream and run away....  so, needless to say, I ended nursing pretty quickly after becoming pregnant every time.  For those of you sticking through it, way to go!  I'll definitely cheer you on.  :)

post #8 of 82

We are doing pretty good here. Some days I'm pretty sore but others it seems just fine. We'll see how it goes but so far so good.

 

We are in the process of night weaning which has been really hard. DD is so pissed that she can't nurse at night. Please tell me this will get better. I'm so sleep deprived and exhausted!

post #9 of 82

I'm 9 weeks and a couple of days and this week has been hard. I feel like my supply has tanked and its really upsetting DS, especially when he's trying to nurse down for a nap. He gets really distressed and its taking an hour to get him down for a nap instead of the 5 minutes it normally takes. Which is exhausting. The pain isn't severe, but its definitely gotten a little more pronounced each week. The fact that he's frustrated and sucking really hard and pulling because my supply is down is definitely not helping. I'm really not ready to wean and I know he's not either, but I'm not sure how long we'll last. :(

post #10 of 82
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Originally Posted by Shonahsmom View Post

I'm 9 weeks and a couple of days and this week has been hard. I feel like my supply has tanked and its really upsetting DS, especially when he's trying to nurse down for a nap. He gets really distressed and its taking an hour to get him down for a nap instead of the 5 minutes it normally takes. Which is exhausting. The pain isn't severe, but its definitely gotten a little more pronounced each week. The fact that he's frustrated and sucking really hard and pulling because my supply is down is definitely not helping. I'm really not ready to wean and I know he's not either, but I'm not sure how long we'll last. :(



((hugs)) mama, I hope it eases up for you.



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Originally Posted by AKislandgirl View Post

We are doing pretty good here. Some days I'm pretty sore but others it seems just fine. We'll see how it goes but so far so good.

 

We are in the process of night weaning which has been really hard. DD is so pissed that she can't nurse at night. Please tell me this will get better. I'm so sleep deprived and exhausted!

 

It'll get better!  And then maybe you can get some extra rest, too.  Hang in there and nap when you can!
 

 

post #11 of 82

Thanks for starting this post, Amy!

 

I was fine up until a week and a half ago.  Now I'm 7 weeks along and I really can't stand night nursing anymore.  We have been weaning gently for a while now.  I'm still fine nursing my little guy (nearly 26 months) to sleep at night and for his one nap a day, but his early morning nursing sessions are getting tortureous.  He sometimes sleeps until daybreak, but the last days it has been 3 or 4am complete with pulling my hair, scratching my face (looking for my hair) and clamping down on my tender nipples.  Ugh!!!!  I have to sheepishly admit that the last two nights I've spoken sharply to him because I was so grouchy. 

 

I have been reading about different ways to night wean, but nothing seems worth the battle at the moment.  Neither DP nor I have the energy to get up and walk with him and so far our attempts at patting or rocking him to sleep only cause him to cry harder.  Pulling out the boob is just so much easier in the middle of the night!  Ideas, thoughts?

 

Does lemon juice work?

post #12 of 82

We are hanging in there!  My nipples are definitely more sore.  The worst time is first thing in the morning, which (surprise, surprise) is DS' big nursing session for the day.  Today I offered both sides for a limited time and then left him with DH so I could go get a snack.  I was starting to feel hungry and that's never a good sign.  

 

DS seems to be asking for nursing more.  I really, really hope we can keep it up, it's been such a lifesaver already!

post #13 of 82
Thread Starter 

Thanks for sharing everyone :)

 

So the soreness really kicked in for me a few weeks ago. Some days it would be bad and others bareable. I have noticed in the last week that my supply must be very low because she is sucking so hard when she is activly nursing that I feel like I am going to scream. She has been nursing non-stop (mostly for comfort though) in the past few days which I am thinking is because she has not been feeling good but my nipples are so sore and swollen from the constant nursing I just can't take it anymore :( Also the other day I had that creepy-crawly feeling that Leihas mentioned which tells me that my milk is pretty much gone and that my hormones are changing because I have delt with this in my other pregnancies as well.

 

So I tried the lemon juice tonight and it went really well! She latched on and then popped off and looked at my nipples like there was something wrong. She asked for the other side and same thing happened. She asked for the first side again and then told me all done. I am praying that it is going to continue to be this easy! I will post back tomorrow with how it is going :)

 

Goodnight Mama's

 

Amy

post #14 of 82

I have a Gabriel too! I would LOVE to wean. he is only night nursing now, and I really wish he didn't. but like a PP said, it is so much easier to just get the boob out. He hasn't really STTN since I got pregnant, and possibly before, he is waking a couple times a night where he didn't used to at all. It is really draining on an already exhausted pregnant mama. DH tries to help, but often it just seems to make it worse. I am 10 weeks and I really am not sure if there is any milk left. maybe a little. We are only nursing on the right side, because DS decided a few weeks ago that the left breast was "all gone" and we haven't nursed on that side since.

 

Anyway, here's hoping that those of us wanting to wean are able to do so gently and soon, and those that keep going find it easygoing.

post #15 of 82
Thread Starter 

So it went pretty well last night until about 5 am. She asked to nurse when she got tired and again made a face and said "all done". She was pretty restless and could not self soothe after that so she ended up staying up really late and got a bit over-tired. When we went to bed she tried once and then got a little upset but I talked to her quietly and rubbed her back. She fell asleep until about 5 am and pitched a huge fit. I finally went and washed myself off and she very reluctantly tried to latch on and once she did she popped off and said "mmmmmmm meemee" it was cute :) She nursed only on the one side a few times and so far this morning has not asked to nurse but I am going to put on more lemon juice. Even if I can get her to wean during the day and at bedtime for now I will be happy. My nipples already feel so much better!

 

Amy

 

post #16 of 82

I'm actually still tandem nursing. This will be my 3rd pg I have nursed through, 2nd I have tandem nursed through. No pain yet - I usually get that really tender nips + really annoying BH ctx in the 3rd tri.

 

I'm hoping to wean ODD by her 4th birthday, which will be when I am 6.5 months pg. She is like a super-dee-duper mondo nurser, so I think it's going to be rough :-( But I really don't want to tripledem nurse (is there such a thing? :-) ), and I've been telling her for some time that we will stop when she turns four. I love CLW, but 4 is really just my personal limit with other little ones around. I could probably go longer if I didn't have another one or two LOs to nurse. She is down to nursing 2X daily and sometimes (maybe 40% of the time?) 1X at night. So, we'll see...

 

Not that I want anyone to be struggling or anything, but it's reassuring to see other mamas dealing with similar issues!

post #17 of 82

Reading this I realized that my son has not nursed overnight in the last 3 nights!! He has come to where I am (the kids and I have been playing musical beds lately) but he has just cuddled next to me..I don't recall having to give him a boob. Now that I think about it he has been nursing alot less during the day too..really first thing in the morning is the only significant nursing he is doing. Hmm I am kind of sad about that but realistically I know with his personality tandem nursing will be hard so the longer between him weaning and the baby being born the better.

post #18 of 82

Still hanging in there. I just flew DS to TX with me for a funeral, so that we would not have to wean just this week. He is still not quite ready to let it go.

post #19 of 82

Still hanging in there but I would love it if he would night wean.

post #20 of 82

has anyone experience their child gagging?  DS has started gagging and ending the nursing session.   Sometimes it's after a few minutes, sometimes as long as 15-20min.  But always gags at the end.  I'm assuming its the taste of the milk?  but why so late into the game sometimes?

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