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post #21 of 26
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Originally Posted by mamaharrison View Post

Every woman is different, but I wouldn't count on being fertile 6 months after your babe is born if you are bfing. I personally didn't have my cycle return until DD was 22 months old and many more of my friends went to about this time period, too, than did not. You can't know what your body is going to do at this point so it really is not realistic to try to plan for it, IMO.
Why so soon?! 6 months pp you are still recovering from your first pregnancy and if you do get pregnant while nursing LLL states that upwards of 60% of mamas do lose their milk by the end of the second trimester meaning you would still be looking at potentially needing some sort of milk substitute for you 1st child. Being pregnant with a little one is not easy and having kiddos that close together is hard on your body all around. Both of my friends who were pregnant at 6 months pp were miserable. I know it can be done, but I guess I just don't see why anyone would chose it--its really not ideal for mama or babies that soon. This is one of the reasons that most women are anovulatory {don't ovulate} during breastfeeding--it is a safe check for mama and babies to not over burden them when their needs are still so high. 

There are so many reasons why i would i like to get pregnant soon after the first one,that i dont know where to begin. First i would LOVE for my kids to be close in age. Second, i am not getting any younger, my initial plan was to have two kids by the age of 35, i am turning 34 in a few months, so that plan didnt quite work out....so technically there isn't much time to wait to have a second kid. Not to mention just like Eandko said you can start planning, but mother nature has its ways, so starting when a baby is 6 months does not necessarily mean conceiving at that time. But i definitely am trying to condition myself to believe that i want to start trying after a few months, i know it will be hard, no doubt, I  have a few friends who had the same plans but then when baby  #1 arrived their plans about having #2 within the first year, quickly changed. Thousands of women have done it before me, and i want to be believe in my heart that i can do it too.

post #22 of 26

I have 3 super close. I had #3 in April 2002, #3 Sept 2003, #4 Dec 2004. It is has crazy times and fun times. My 1st was born in 98 and my 2nd in 00. Then I had 3 after #4 and one on the way now. 

I LOVE close age spacing but when nursing I either have to get the baby to sleep all night or wean before getting preg. M super close two I had to wean for medical reasons at 2 months.  We have not used anything other then nursing and the army keeping him away since our oldest was 6 months old.

post #23 of 26

My son is 2 and is still nursing. I am 15 weeks. It has taken quite the toll on me this pregnancy, especially in the first trimester. I still have pretty intense nipple pain, but still allow him to nurse when he asks. He nurses probably 4-5 times in 24 hours, and doesn't nurse during the night. There is hardly any milk though! When I try to express some, only drops come out! He still asks for it, and nurses a while...so he must still like it. I dont plan on weaning him, I really dont want to deal with weaning ever. I am just taking it one day at a time. If he decides to wean that is fine, but I am open to letting him try again when the baby is born if thats the case. He still wants it a lot though, so I dont see him weaning at this point. I am curious to see how it all goes! I would love to have that nipple stimulation during labor, and extra nursling to help out with all the milk, cause when my son was born I was a milk machine!!!! I am very open to tandem nursing, but we shall see how it all goes!

post #24 of 26
I have been nursing for 10 years too, I guess I still am my now 5years still asked about once every couple of weeks. Just about the time I think she has finally weaned she will ask again. It very much token nursing I count to 10 she de latches and switches to the other side and I count to ten again. I was tandem nursing through my last pregancy. So this is easy.
post #25 of 26
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Originally Posted by gina871 View Post

I have been nursing for 10 years too, I guess I still am my now 5years still asked about once every couple of weeks. Just about the time I think she has finally weaned she will ask again. It very much token nursing I count to 10 she de latches and switches to the other side and I count to ten again. I was tandem nursing through my last pregancy. So this is easy.

I imagine this will be me in another 7 years and 2 kiddos ; )

I have been nursing for 3+ years now. DD has nursed through the whole pregnancy without much change in habit. It hurt in the beginning, but once 2nd trimester hit it was fine. I def. lost my milk a while ago, but DD insists that I didn't. Dry nursing is not at all as bad as I imagined it would be! I mean, I would prefer to be not nursing, to have a 'break' but eh...whatever....haha. We plan {as much as that works!} to have 4 kiddos spaced 3 years apart and so that means if they all nurse the way DD does until they are 3, then I will have nursed for over 10 years! 

Tandem nursing during pregnancy is SERIOUS! haha ; ) I joke that our youngest will be weaned and yet DD #1 will still be happily nursing! she is a true boobie lover!! I ask her all the time if she will nurse when she is 5, 10, 15, 20, in college, married...and she always answers YES! I LOVE the Mimi's!! <3

post #26 of 26
DD is weaned and it was a pretty non-traumatic process for us both. I did tandem with my first two and it was very very uncomfortable for me. Looking back, it would have been better for me to initiate weaning sooner rather than try to stick it out - I appear to be one of the women who gets skin-crawling aversion to nursing with tandem nursing. Even though emotionally and intellectually I think it's a great idea, it did not work for me physically. BUT - I make sure not to imply to my kids that they are 'too big' to nurse, because I know they know kids older than them who still nurse (well, probably not my 8 year old now, but . . .). I keep it specific to them and me and that they are big *enough* to wean now and that is best for them, me, and the baby that is coming. Even so, I've spent *almost* all of the past 9 years pregnant, nursing, or both!
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