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BF #1 while pregnant with #2--couple of questions about milk

post #1 of 5
Thread Starter 

Hi all,

 

As the title says, I'm still BF-ing DS and just found out I'm pregnant with #2!! DS is 11 months and still feeds 4 times a day (he's also on solids, of course).

 

He has had diarrhea the past day or so...anyone know if this is this typical because of a change in my milk? Or is it probably a different cause?

 

The second question is...will the pregnancy hormones cause my milk to diminish? Lately I feel like DS isn't getting as much but it could be my perception.

 

And, finally, if the milk does stay through the pregnancy and I'm still feeding DS 4 times a day when #2 comes along, will I still experience the milk "coming in" for #2 after the birth? 

 

I'm just concerned that if DS keeps feeding like this, I won't have enough for DS AND #2 after the birth. If this one is anything like DS, I'll be doing nothing but feeding. He ate 10-12 times a day at first~!~

 

Any answers are greatly appreciated. We weren't "planning" on this pregnancy so I never thought I'd still be breastfeeding 4 times a day when I found out about #2. And it took us 2 years to make DS so this is a huge blessing!

 

Thank you!

post #2 of 5

Hi wave.gif

Congratulations!!

I was still nursing when #2 came along and still nursing #2 when I found out about the third. They both were about a 1 and a half though.

 

I`m pretty certain your DS` diarrhea isn`t related to the change in your milk. But for some people milk supply does diminish after about 16 weeks (I think that`s when I started noticing that I had less milk)  How far along are you? Just watch your son`s wet diaper output and go from there.
 

And don`t worry about your milk after the baby is born. Milk "comes in" after each baby and you will have a nice, new supply. Nursing my son was what brought on labor for me when I reached 39 weeks.

 

Your new babe might be completely different from your son. DS1 nursed non-stop and it was exhausting. DD1 was a layed back baby who only nursed every 2-3 hrs or so.

Wishing you a happy and healthy pregnancy.

post #3 of 5
I'm 23 weeks with #2 and my DD is 24 months, nursing 2-4 times in 24 hours. I experienced a drop in supply earlier than pp, by about 12 weeks there was a significant drop and if I still have any left, it's minimal. You'll find multiple threads about nursing while pregnant/tandem nursing in the breastfeeding forum, probably under nursing beyond infancy. There's also a LLL book, "Adventures in Tandem Nursing" that's full of info, reassurance and stories of real moms who have been through it. Once you deliver the new baby (specifically the placenta), your hormones will shift again and your milk will come in just as it did the first time. There will be colostrum at first and you should whenever possible nurse the newborn first to ensure he/she gets as much as possible. Once your mature milk comes in, it's not that important who nurses first as long as baby has lots of wet diapers and is growing well. In fact a toddler can be a godsend when you're really engorged or if you have a forceful letdown. A few minutes of nursing toddler first can soften the breast and make it easier for baby to latch well and nurse effectively. I hope that helps, I'm still a few months away from having hands on practical advice smile.gif
Congratulations!

ETA don't forget that milk is made on demand: the more your kids nurse, the more milk you will make. Most moms of twins with no underlying health concerns make enough milk to EBF two hungry babies after all smile.gif
post #4 of 5
Thread Starter 

Thanks to you both!

 

My other thing right now is that DS has been favoring the right side so I've been lop-sided for a while :/ I'm really hoping when #2 comes along that this will correct itself. It sounds like it will based on what you two are saying since my supply will likely decrease during the pregnancy but then the milk will come in after #2 is born. And it should come in evenly on both sides like it did with DS even if he's still nursing, correct?! :)

 

So, that also eases my mind. I was picturing myself even MORE lop-sided than I am now and it going on for another year plus!!!

 

Thanks for your input :) Very helpful!

post #5 of 5

Thanks for this info - just found out I'm pregnant and am still nursing my almost-2 year old baby girl. In fact, she seems to be nursing a LOT more in the past week, so I think she knows something is up! ;P It worries me too though because I don't think either of us are ready for her to wean. Here's hoping my milk stays around for a while yet!

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