I need some wisely, TF advice!
I just found out I'm pregnant...about 5 weeks and I have an almost 1 year old nursling (DS)! I carefully spaced my first DD and second DS 3 years/4 months apart so that I could extend nurse, make sure to have enough nutrients to support a healthy pregnancy and to give my babies the attention they need. Well...clearly, we were not so careful this time around and I am shocked and unprepared!
Normally, I would breastfeed for atleast 2 years, then introduce raw milk when they self-weaned. My first DD nursed for 3 1/2 years. My DS, the almost 1 year old, is not into nursing like my first. I was hoping just to get him to the 2 year mark! He seriously only nurses because he has to, not for comfort or because he loves to cuddle or nurse...just because he's hungry! It's been quite a surprising struggle! Well...I am open to nursing while I'm pregnant because I did it with the first, but I'm not sure if he even will want to. Also...I'm concerned about my nutrient stores getting pregnant so soon after DS, while nursing at the same time. He has a milk tongue and lip tie, so my body was not in optimal condition even when I conceived him! Another one of my concerns is how to monitor if he's getting enough breastmilk and when I need to start supplementing with raw cow milk. Right now he nurses about 4-6 times in a 24/hour period, only if he's in a quiet room with no distractions! I give him water too....about 2-4 oz. a day. He produces about 4-5 wet diapers a day (disposable). Would you consider giving WAPF homemade formula in the second year?
I've been drinking lots of raw milk...about two tall glasses a day, FCLO, lots of grassfed butter, some liver, cultured vegetables, beef, lamb, bone broth, seafood, coconut oil, etc...very WAPF friendly for a lactating/pregnant mama, but wondering if I should increase/load up on CLO or liver since my body has not had the time to truly replenish my stores. Besides the FCLO, the only supplement I am taking is a 5-MTHF, because I read it's good to take if your children have midline defects (dimples on chin and lip/mild tongue ties).
Any suggestions? I'm not totally attached to the idea of nursing during this pregnancy...just want to do what is best for both babies! Do you think I should also take a multi-vitamin/mineral supplement? I've just been reading so much about how supplementation is not ideal (real food summit) and other sources.
I hope to get some helpful advice....I can't believe I'm pregnant....it hasn't even been a whole year since I conceived DS! :(