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Is anyone else currently breastfeeding?

post #1 of 58
Thread Starter 

Are any of you currently breastfeeding?  Has your milk supply dropped yet (not saying it's a given that it will- but has anyone experienced it)?  Has it done so in previous pregnancies?

 

My DD is 2yo, she's still nursing.  I'd ideally like to cut her back so she doesn't freak out when the milk is gone- and also so that it's easier for me in case it becomes excruciating or if I develop an aversion...

 

Anyone?

post #2 of 58

I am.  DD is 29 months (almost 30) and so far everything seems to be the same.  I nursed DS when I was pregnant with DD, but he had started decreasing his frequency a bit prior to that.  He nursed less and less over time and stopped when I was about 6 months along.  I'm not sure if I had a drop in supply and he reacted to it, or vice versa.  DD is a much more frequent nurser now than he was then, though.  She's also older than he was and can communicate better (she will often tell me if one side is empty and she wants to switch), so I'll probably have a better idea of what's going on this time.  I wouldn't mind if she were to cut back a bit, but I think I'm okay with her nursing through because I've heard that it can help with acceptance of the new baby.

post #3 of 58
Thread Starter 

Thanks for sharing your experience.  DD has good nursing communication so hopefully we'll be in sync.

 

 

I just nursed DD and it was slightly painful.  Like she was... chewing on me.  But she wasn't.  I hope this doesn't continue to worsen! Hopefully it was a fluke...

post #4 of 58

Hey Windy City Mom (and hi Amydiane!! Glad to see you here!). I am also nursing my ds2 16 m/o but i did drop his feedings from 4 to 1 trying to get pregnant (though i hope to up them a bit after a while). I nursed my ds1 (almost 3) through my entire pregnancy and for another 6 months until he weaned himself. I did notice that my milk got less about the month before, but it didn't bug my son. He just liked to suck and cuddle. I think everyone is different! 

post #5 of 58

Me! DS will be 16mo in a few days. This is my 2nd time NWP.  First time around, I was nursing a 9mo!!  That did not go very well because I WOH part-time and quit responding to the pump before I even got a BFP, so we had to supplement when I was working, and my supply slowed way down after that. We did make it to a year nursing morning and night, so I felt relieved that she at least got that much. She lost interest and just didn't want to one day, and that was it. I didn't enjoy NWP, so it was a bit of a relief to be done.  I am hoping DS self weans as well because I cannot even begin to think about tandeming.

post #6 of 58

Nursing a 2 year old.  I started putting limits on it and cutting him back right when I started ovulating again.  We're night weaned but he's not happy about it.  This is the 3rd night of him in his own bed - which doesn't matter because both he and she end up in our bed sometime in the middle of the night.  I'm not looking to nurse through another pregnancy, but this little dude doesn't appear to want to give it up any time soon.  He's very sweet, today when I nursed him down for a nap, he said "I LIKE to nurse!"  :love

post #7 of 58

I am nursing my 15 mo old DD and am not sure how long it will last.  I am praying that we can make it through the pregnancy without her weaning, but I don't know if that is realistic.  I get terrible morning sickness and am already starting out this pregnancy underweight, so I really can't afford to lose anything.  I am trying my best to support all 3 of us, but I don't know how long I can do it.  I have already felt my supply drop significantly, too.  We actually started supplementing with cow's milk here and there during the day after she turned one, but she LOVES to nurse, and that will be the hardest part. I will be so heartbroken if we have to end that relationship before we are ready.  Honestly, while I am thrilled to be pregnant, part of me resented the pregnancy because it hit me that it probably equates weaning.  When the time comes for her to wean, I hope I can find peace with the situation.  

Has anyone had a little one that weaned during pregnancy but then nursed again after the baby arrives?  

post #8 of 58

I am currently "nursing" my 3 year (well actually about 40 months) old DD.  I say "nursing" because she really only nurses a few times a week.  I have noticed the past few times that she has nursed that it was pretty painful.  

post #9 of 58

I'm nursing my 2 year old (29 months this week).  She nurses at least to bed at night, and generally 1-3 other times a day/night.  I haven't night weaned (never nightweaned DD1 either), but she usually sleeps through.  She's still co-sleeping, though often DH and I end up sleeping in the guest room while she stays in our bed ROTFLMAO.gif.  I've had some nursing discomfort the last few months, which I think was largely hormonal (I have pcos), and as a result I've started telling her I'm going to count to 5 and then we'll be done nursing.  Sometimes we nurse much longer than other times.  Lately it's actually been better shrug.gif.  She's handled the counting thing very well, so I think I have a pretty well established tool for limiting nursing sessions.  The idea of weaning her makes me sort of sad, but I'm not sure I'm interested in tandem nursing.  I hope she slowly weans over the course of the pregnancy. 

post #10 of 58

I am nursing a 22 month old.  This is my second time nursing while pregnant.  I was not a big fan of it last time (aversion, pain, tingles=no fun).  DD1 was a VERY avid nurser and wanted to nurse  all. the. time. I felt like she was biting on me whe whole time she was nursing and it got to the point that I limited her to 5 minutes twice a day by the end of the 3rd trimester.  DD2 is a big fan of nursing only twice a day (nap and bed time) and is nightweaned about 50% of the time.  I am hoping that this time nursing will go smoother and I don't start hating it or she gets fed up and quits (I get guilty about stopping on my timeline since really in the big scheme of things, this is really such a short time of sacrafice in my life for my kids.) 

post #11 of 58
I am nursing my 39 month old. He nurses at bedtime and morning. When I ovulate, I have incredible nipple pain, but so far nothing in this pregnancy. Part of me hopes he weans himself while i am pregnant, part of me isn't ready for him to be done. We will see how it goes.
post #12 of 58

I'm still nursing my 20 month old.  She has no intentions of weaning anytime in the next century it seems so I'm sure I will be tandem nursing.  I couldn't imagine forcing her to stop.  It would break her heart and mine too!  I have heard many times by people around that she is too old, but what do they know.  

post #13 of 58

My 22-month-old dd is nursing right now ;) We'll see how things go. I was *so thankful* for dd4s nursing this past August/September when I suffered a miscarriage at eight weeks.  It was comforting to still hold on to that bond... or at least not to have broken it for a baby who never came to be.

 

I figure we'll play it by ear and see what happens!

post #14 of 58

I am nursing an 8 month old. What are things I can do to keep up the milk. Does anyone know?

post #15 of 58

This article is quite interesting: http://www.kellymom.com/nursingtwo/faq/16milkchanges.html ... basically, while pregnant, there's not a lot you can do to up milk production -- even increased numbers of feedings might not do a darn thing because hormones dictate more of what occurs. Continue nursing and offering... and see how it goes!

post #16 of 58
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Originally Posted by judybean View Post

This article is quite interesting: http://www.kellymom.com/nursingtwo/faq/16milkchanges.html ... basically, while pregnant, there's not a lot you can do to up milk production -- even increased numbers of feedings might not do a darn thing because hormones dictate more of what occurs. Continue nursing and offering... and see how it goes!



So far I tend to agree with that!  My DD is constantly nursing (my supply has already dropped, so she wants it more and more).  Generally my supply is quick to respond to increased suckling, but not now!   

post #17 of 58

My 2.5 year old is still nursing but only at night and before naps. I hate to admit it but I am so, so, so ready for her to be done. I've had a major aversion to nursing her for months - it absolutely makes my skin crawl. Gradually cutting back worked during the day, but doesn't seem to be working at night. I hate to go cold turkey on her, but I'm not sure I can stand it much longer.

post #18 of 58
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Originally Posted by Carlin View Post

My 2.5 year old is still nursing but only at night and before naps. I hate to admit it but I am so, so, so ready for her to be done. I've had a major aversion to nursing her for months - it absolutely makes my skin crawl. Gradually cutting back worked during the day, but doesn't seem to be working at night. I hate to go cold turkey on her, but I'm not sure I can stand it much longer.



I'm in the same boat!!! Thought DD is a few months younger, and I haven't been having aversion for so long, but it has been creeping in gradually for the last few weeks. 
 

Reading this thread has been a real education!! I actually didn't know that supply dwindled with pregnancy.  That does explain why DD has been telling my that the "lala" is "bwoken" that last few nights.  Unfortunatly, it makes her even more determined to suck, and it really hurts now!!!

post #19 of 58

Nursing my 9 month old who is almost exclusively bf'd(just a few bites of this and that so far)....my supply has dipped already, in part I believe to a nursing strike he had the other day when we had company. He's back to nursing lots(more even) and my supply came back up a bit, but I usually have lost it by now.  Praying it lasts a few more months!!!

post #20 of 58

Hello!

 

I actually just found out today that I'm pg! Nursing my 17 m.o. DD with no intentions of stopping, although I do find that she is starting to prefer one side over the other A LOT.  I'm pretty worried about what to do if my supply drops and DD isn't ready for it...

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