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post #1 of 37
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Is anyone here still nursing? I am still nursing my 2 yo, and have nursed through 2 other pregnancies. I haven't noticed that my DS has noticed a change in the milk, like I did with my other 2... anyway.. Any other nursing mamas? 

 

post #2 of 37

This will be the 4th pregnancy I nurse through. Though I think I might actually encourage weaning before new baby comes. I usually lose my milk at the beginning of the second trimester.

post #3 of 37

I'm nursing my 17-month-old. He will be weaned before new baby comes. I'm not interested in tandem nursing or nursing past two. We're currently working on nursing only 4-5 times a day, which is still tough. We've done pretty well for about 2 weeks, though. I'm kind of hoping my milk dries up and he just lets go on his own. I hate telling him no and him having a melt down, but I'm ready for him to be finished.

post #4 of 37

I am nursing my 14 month old, but I don't see it lasting. I nursed halfway through his pregnancy with no pain, but I am already feeling i this time, and my milk is already drying up at 5 weeks. :(

post #5 of 37

I'm still nursing my almost-3 year old. He'll be 3 in 8 days and I keep reminding him that "three year old's don't nurse" but he isn't buying it :P I do have him down to once per day (first thing in the morning). I know he really loves it, but i really want to have a little break from nursing before the next little cutie comes along! I've been pregnant or nursing for 7 years (My first weaned at 2 years 9 months and that's when I got pregnant with my almost-3 year old who is still nursing).

post #6 of 37
Still nursing round the clock with my 14 month old and planning on tandem nursing. Is there anything I could do to prevent my milk from drying up? Does it happen to everybody while pregnant?
post #7 of 37
Thread Starter 

I've also been pregnant and/or nursing for over 7 years straight! I am considering weaning this pregnancy, but the bigger factor, other than pregnancy, is that I found out that my 2yo is allergic to corn, and I am allergic to wheat, so I can't eat anything that I normally eat! I'm really missing tacos! 

post #8 of 37
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Originally Posted by Rosie023 View Post

Still nursing round the clock with my 14 month old and planning on tandem nursing. Is there anything I could do to prevent my milk from drying up? Does it happen to everybody while pregnant?

Not everyone's milk dries up, but it almost always decreases. It never bothered my oldest 2 when I nursed them through my pregnancies. 

post #9 of 37

According to my LC, keeping your iron levels up is one of the best ways to keep your supply up. Many galactalogues are also sources of iron. Steel-cut oats are tasty and have iron. So do dark green veggies, usually. I also take Floravital, which is a liquid iron supplement that's better absorbed than iron pills, and doesn't give you a stomach ache. If you don't like the taste, you can put it in orange juice.

post #10 of 37

I'm not currently nursing, but I can't wait until its time to nurse my new LO. Believe it or not it was one of the things I enjoyed the most about being a new mom. 

post #11 of 37
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According to my LC, keeping your iron levels up is one of the best ways to keep your supply up. Many galactalogues are also sources of iron. Steel-cut oats are tasty and have iron. So do dark green veggies, usually. I also take Floravital, which is a liquid iron supplement that's better absorbed than iron pills, and doesn't give you a stomach ache. If you don't like the taste, you can put it in orange juice.

Good tip! I'll have to up my iron intake!

post #12 of 37
I'm still nursing my 20 month old. Part of me wants to wean him before the new baby comes. The other part of me wants to let him self wean even if that means tandem nursing. He loves to nurse and I think it might help him transition into the changes of having a sibling. My husband thinks it will drive me bonkers to tandem nurse. I guess I still have some time to think everything through!
post #13 of 37
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Originally Posted by Naftalita2012 View Post

I'm still nursing my 20 month old. Part of me wants to wean him before the new baby comes. The other part of me wants to let him self wean even if that means tandem nursing. He loves to nurse and I think it might help him transition into the changes of having a sibling. My husband thinks it will drive me bonkers to tandem nurse. I guess I still have some time to think everything through!

 

I tandem nursed 2.. It didn't (always) drive me bonkers. It was especially helpful when I was engorged after my milk first came in! I could never like nursing both at the same time though- that did drive me bonkers. 

post #14 of 37

Another nursing mom here, to a 15 month old monkey boy.  Should be interesting how this pans out for us...  He likes nursing, but isn't as in love with it as my first was so I wonder how he'll handle a drop in supply.

post #15 of 37

nursing our 23 months old Ds2.

I feel like he is still so small to be weaned. will probably tandem....

Ds1 was the same age when I got pregnant, I weaned him at 32 weeks of pregnancy. I will always regret it. it was too hard on him.

 

and yes, DS2 notices the change in milk taste, doesn't like it as much!

post #16 of 37
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I tandem nursed 2.. It didn't (always) drive me bonkers. It was especially helpful when I was engorged after my milk first came in! I could never like nursing both at the same time though- that did drive me bonkers. 

Glad to know it didn't make you crazy! I can see how it will be great for the engorgement in those early days! For some reason, when I think of tandem nursing, I think that it's nearly always going to be at the same time. Mostly because I envision my son wanting to nurse when he sees the baby nurse, but 9 months is a long time away and our nursing relationship may significantly change by the time the baby is born. 

post #17 of 37
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Glad to know it didn't make you crazy! I can see how it will be great for the engorgement in those early days! For some reason, when I think of tandem nursing, I think that it's nearly always going to be at the same time. Mostly because I envision my son wanting to nurse when he sees the baby nurse, but 9 months is a long time away and our nursing relationship may significantly change by the time the baby is born. 

I thought I would be tandem nursing with my last 2. Ds2 was 31 months when he self-weaned halfway through my pregnancy though. He asked for milk a few times after ds3 was born, but never took back to nursing like I thought he would. I am sort-of hoping ds3 will give it up sometime before baby #4 gets here, but if he doesn't, I am fine with that, too.

post #18 of 37
So how do you know for sure if your supply is dipping? ds has been nursing less on the first side before wanting the second recently, but he's gone through phases like this before...
post #19 of 37

It hurts to nurse when I go dry, it feels like I'm nursing a cat. That and my nursling will demand more food during the day. That's how I know.

post #20 of 37

Well, it doesn't hurt, so that's good, I guess. My ds is an absolute bottomless pit... he is hungry all.the.time. Since forever, it seems. So not a great sign for me. Plus, since I'm pushing weaning on him already, he always wants to nurse more than I actually let him, poor kiddo!

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