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nursing mamas-- how's it going?

post #1 of 63
Thread Starter 

hi nursing mamas-- just want to hear what's going on with your bodies!

 

my nursling is 20.5 months and we are 7 weeks pregnant...my milk has reduced and in the last week my nipples have become sensitive. i can tell my son is more upset...even when nursing he is asking for milk :( he frequently asks to switch to the other breast--which he never did before. he is very attached to nursing...so i'm hoping some of my milk stays and i can continue to nurse through and tandem nurse...but i also understand i might not always feel the same...and his desires might change too. 

 

have you been through this before? how is your situation going?

post #2 of 63

Awful.  Just awful.  She is 18 months and has become demanding and needy and kind of crazy.  I can't hold her without her trying to lift up my shirt or shove her hands in there.  I'm starting to resent her because its all she wants.  And it hurts like crazy so nursing 23 hours a day isn't something I'm willing to do.

 

Honestly, I want to wean her.  I have NEVER weaned a baby before, the other 2 both self weaned after two and it was peaceful and wonderful.  I have so much guilt but I feel like weaning will be the best thing for us.  There's so much tension between us right now! :(

 

I nursed through two pregnancies perviously with no issues so I'm not sure what's going on this time..
 

post #3 of 63
My nursling is 26 months. So far, we're doing just fine. I've been trying to remember when I started having nipple pain with my last one. Because I haven't had any yet. But, boy, last time was hard. I had to do lots of distraction techniques for myself to get through it. I was determined to let him self wean and I really wanted to tandem nurse, because none of my other kids were close enough to do so. Plus, I had had a major medical issue (had a severe herniation in a disk in my neck, in the worst pain of my life, ended up having surgery) and was essentially bed ridden for 10 weeks. I was very grateful that we were still nursing since it was the only way I could mother him at the time. Anyway, my point being that if you want to continue, distracting yourself is a good option. You can also limit the time. I would say okay, I'm going to count to 30. When I get to thirty, you'll have to be done. That almost always worked with him. Depending on how much it was bothering me, I could speed up or slow down the counting.
post #4 of 63
My 21mo boy just loves the boobie !! My milk really seems like its decreased and my nipples hurt when he sucks hard. Not sure how long I'm gonna make it.
post #5 of 63

My nursing tot is 28 months. He seems to be more attached to breastfeeding than any of my previous children. I am not opposed to tandem nursing but I am not even 5 weeks pregnant and my breasts are starting to get a bit sensitive. I am trying to limit nursing to a few times each day - his favorite ones. He hasn't been pleased but I am just trying to strike that balance between his needs and mine. Fun times. crochetsmilie.gif

post #6 of 63

During my first pregnancy, my nursling was 13months old when I became pregnant and never felt sore nipples or any adversion myself until I was aroung 5 months pregnant.

 

THIS pregnancy, my nursling is 2.5yrs old, I am only 7 weeks along and holy my nipples are sore already and I am feeling like I am wanting to wean sooner then later. I am kind of hoping that he will self wean when my milk changes.

post #7 of 63
I'm five or so weeks along and DD is 19.5 months old. She's still nursing lots, seems to be getting a fair amount of milk and doesn't seem bothered. So far no sensitivity on my part either, thank goodness. She does want to nurse more often but isn't very pushy about it at this point. I really hope we maintain this momentum and end up tandem nursing. Good luck to all you fellow nursing mamas. Let's keep this thread updated to see how or if things change.
post #8 of 63
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Originally Posted by turtleherder View Post

My nursing tot is 28 months. He seems to be more attached to breastfeeding than any of my previous children. I am not opposed to tandem nursing but I am not even 5 weeks pregnant and my breasts are starting to get a bit sensitive. I am trying to limit nursing to a few times each day - his favorite ones. He hasn't been pleased but I am just trying to strike that balance between his needs and mine. Fun times. crochetsmilie.gif


This is what i did today.  I spent most of the day trying to distract her (and failing) and trying to console her.  It was rough...but I am hoping that if I stick with it, she'll become content with nursing once or twice a day.  I think I can handle that and truthfully, I don't think i'm ready for her to stop yet either.

post #9 of 63

My son is 15.5 months and I can definitely tell there was a big drop in supply the past few days.  I no longer feel letdowns or feel fullness in the mornings/after not nursing for a few hours.  I still hear swallowing sounds though so he must be getting something.  I can tell he isnt satisfied after nursing though.  I think I'm about 5-6 weeks

post #10 of 63
Oy! Sore nipples here. My son is 16 months and nurses only a few times a day, occasionally at night. But I find that the initial latch hurts the most, and then the nipples sort of get used to it and it's not so bad. I hope to nurse through pregnancy and tandem nurse, but I have had supply issues with DS, so I'm a bit worried about it. Also I wonder if he will self wean over the next few months...
post #11 of 63

My DD is 27 months and still nursing. Nipple soreness, yes! At what time is your milk supposed to "dry up" during the pregnancy? 

post #12 of 63

My baby girl is 19mo and loves boobies, I'll be 8w tomorrow and have dried a lot in the past week or so, my nipples hurt a LOT. Sometimes she doesn't get anything at all, maybe one swallow, I don't feel letdowns, she nurses two or three times a day, mostly for comfort I think. She also loves to twirl the other nipple at the same time and I didn't care much about it until now, somedays feels like needles sticking in and out of the nipples... very hard to manage! Trying to balance things between her desires and my limitations :)

post #13 of 63
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by GarciaFamily View Post

My DD is 27 months and still nursing. Nipple soreness, yes! At what time is your milk supposed to "dry up" during the pregnancy? 

i think it really varies-- some never dry up, some do right away. i'm not sure if there's an "average"...

post #14 of 63

I'm going to have to cut back on nursing sessions I think.  My 15 month old likes  to nurse every 3ish hours, so about 5 times a day, before every nap, etc.  He's hardly getting anything and its uncomfortable especially since he likes to bite.  He cries and gets really demanding so I hope I can go down to nursing only when he is obviously wanting to, not just offering out of habit. 

post #15 of 63
Has anyone heard of an increased supply in early pregnancy? I'm just at 6 weeks and I'm feeling let down and hearing him gulp. In fact, when I was taking my bra off last night, my hubby got squirted. He said that had never happened before (granted we had been gone for the evening, but still). That was pretty funny. I'm feeling so lucky that I don't have any nipple soreness so far, it was so uncomfortable last time. My nursling has also recently started trying to do the nipple twiddle. My last kiddo was the first of mine to do that and wowza, I have a strong aversion to it. I can't even see someone else's baby doing it to them without feeling the need to shudder. Just having to keep my hand clamped over the other boob.
post #16 of 63
Thread Starter 

lolliegee-- i was just reading in adventures in tandem nursing that increases can happen! :) that's awesome. enjoy!

by the way, my toddler has loved twiddling the other nipple for a long time--and i agree i keep my hand clamped over the other boob--can't stand it now, but couldn't stand it any more before pregnancy. yuck! double yuck if if i haven't done a good job of cutting his fingernails! :(

post #17 of 63
I read that book, last time, but don't remember that. I wonder how long it will last? I certainly didn't have it happen last time.
post #18 of 63
I'm glad to hear I'm not the only one with an aversion to it. I can't stand it! All 3 of mine would try to do it.
post #19 of 63

My daughter is 15 months today and I've noticed over the past week she wants to nurse ALL. THE. TIME.  It's driving me crazy and I'm sure it's bc my supply has dipped and she's hungry...I'm trying to transition some milk into her diet but she HATES it. It makes me really sad for her to continue to try to distract and set limits on nursing when I was doing it on demand pre-pregnancy. She's also waking all night wanting to nurse, which is just not gonna cut it. I really don't mind nursing her several times a day but I'm worried that she's not getting much (she's already petite) and that she's frustrated and so am I!

post #20 of 63
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Originally Posted by Kristen B View Post

I'm trying to transition some milk into her diet but she HATES it. It makes me really sad for her to continue to try to distract and set limits on nursing when I was doing it on demand pre-pregnancy. She's also waking all night wanting to nurse, which is just not gonna cut it. I really don't mind nursing her several times a day but I'm worried that she's not getting much (she's already petite) and that she's frustrated and so am I!

Could you try other milks? Coconut or nut milks? Also, it can be kind of hard to find, but goat's milk is supposed to be the closest to human.

If you can get through this and she's still nursing on the other end, you will likely find she will quite enjoy the bountiful milk once baby comes and may even get a little less petite from all the rich newborn milk.
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