I am still nursing my 22 month old. There is no doubt in my mind that he still needs it emotionally and he nurses quite a bit (6-10 times in a 24 hour period, including at night, we co-sleep...but who's counting?:P)
Probably about 5 months ago I started ovulating again. Since then it had gotten progressively more awful for me to nurse him. My nipples get so tender and sensitive for much of my cycle. Combine that with his sometimes lazy toddler latch and I can barely stand the feeling of him nursing. I tried Evening Primrose Oil (for a different purpose originally ) and it made a HUGE difference in the nipple sensitivity. Before I started the EPO, I truly thought I would wean him due to it. I wanted to sob/scream/run away every time he would nurse, but once on the EPO I felt so much better, and like I could nurse him another year, easy.
I stupidly ran out of it earlier this week. I ovulated about 4 days ago (I chart, so I know where I'm at in my cycle) and I honestly can't nurse right now. I just tried to nurse him and I had to unlatch him. I felt so awful. It's not pain, it's just .... an overwhelming sensation. Mothers who have nursed while pregnant likely know what I mean. For what it's worth, right now if I didn't know better I would suspect I was pregnant! (Like I said, I'm charting, so I know I'm not)
So anyway. I don't know if my experience is unique, or if it might help some other mothers who are having hormonal nipple sensitivity from their cycles returning. I don't know if EPO can be taken during pregnancy or not. But if a mom out there is at her wits' end with a similar problem, maybe give the EPO a try. I was taking 1000mg 2 times per day. I will be buying another bottle tomorrow! That will teach me to run out.
Here is some information on kellymom:
I just wanted to share in case it helped someone else out.... thanks for reading :)