Hi mamas - I'm just popping in here to see if any of you have experience with this or your thoughts/opinions with nursing...
I'm currently nursing my almost 1 year old - maybe 2-3x a day and 1-2x a night. He doesn't ever nurse for very long - more just to fall asleep and our nursing relationship is really important to us.
This morning after he took his morning nap, I coughed (I've been coughing and sneezing with a cold the past 2 days) and I felt a gush of blood. Sure enough, when I went to the bathroom, there was bright red blood, but not very much... just when I wiped. :( So, I called my midwife and she suggested I get a scan, as I'm 11 weeks and there's no reason for the blood. I don't have any cramping and in general I feel great! As the day progressed, I felt heavier in my lower abdomen and the blood was dark red/red and increasing. I thought that most likely I was miscarrying. They finally got me in 5 hours later at an OB that I went to 3 years ago. She has an OLD portable miscarriage machine that she said she'd do quickly because I couldn't get into the super-duper nice $500,000 ultrasound machine until Thursday. Up on the screen - we see a big baby with a healthy, beating heart. Such a relief!
She did mention that she thinks that a cause of the bleeding could be the placenta trying to attach and with the nursing causing contractions, that it's struggling to implant, therefore causing the bleeding. Therefore, I should wean as quickly as possible. She said "this baby is struggling to survive and hang on, and your nursing could be squeezing the placenta and uterus too much... causing a miscarriage." I talked to my midwife and she said it's possible that my body is more sensitive to the nursing, but that there's a whole slew of other reasons for the blood... which is still happening. I soaked through a pad during my hour and a half nap.
So - I'm sure you mamas may not know what to say, and that's ok! I'm more asking to see if any of you have been through this, what your opinion/experience with nursing during pregnancy is, and any advice?
Thank you in advance. ~Wendy