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Don't get pregnant

post #1 of 85
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I think the best advice I got was that if you want to CLW, don't get pregnant. Your milk may decrease or taste funny and your child not like it. Your nipples may get so sore you can't stand to nurse. You are so tired you consider night weaning.

If circumstances (financial, maternal age, ect) don't allow you to wait until your child weans at 3 or 4, at least wait to TTC until the child is 2.5. If the child weans because of pregnancy, at least they got to nurse 2.5 years. I know it can be difficult when you are longing for another baby. When those longings start making you think of TTC, remember how important nursing is to your child and how difficult nursing through pregnancy can be. Read about the problems other mothers are having nursing while pregnant.

Some people think that it is important for siblings to be close in age to have things in common and good relationships. That is a myth.
post #2 of 85
I guess it is all a matter of personal priorities and goals.

I'm nursing through pregnancy for the 2nd time, and each of my girls will be 2 year apart. Tandem nursing is an experience all its own. And your children can still wean as they choose. I actually tandem nursed while pregnant until my oldest chose to wean gently and happily.

In 10 years none of my children will be nursing, but they will all have a relationship based on shared nursing, shared babyhood, and a close knit family. That's our choice, for our family- and it doesn't mean we don't believe in child led weaning.

We didn't TTC though either, we allowed nature to determine the spacing of our children. Although we won't be continuing that path, I think nature has great timing.
post #3 of 85
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Originally Posted by Rainbow
I guess it is all a matter of personal priorities and goals.

I'm nursing through pregnancy for the 2nd time, and each of my girls will be 2 year apart. Tandem nursing is an experience all its own. And your children can still wean as they choose. I actually tandem nursed while pregnant until my oldest chose to wean gently and happily.

In 10 years none of my children will be nursing, but they will all have a relationship based on shared nursing, shared babyhood, and a close knit family. That's our choice, for our family- and it doesn't mean we don't believe in child led weaning.

We didn't TTC though either, we allowed nature to determine the spacing of our children. Although we won't be continuing that path, I think nature has great timing.
I could have written the exact same post. I love tandem nursing, it allows the three of us to have some cuddly time during the day, and to relax.
post #4 of 85
I actually looked forward to tandem nursing. Sometimes I think my pg is why my dd weaned so early, but looking back she had really decreased on nursing at the time I conceived anyway.

I guess I would hold off TTC if my child had special need of momma milk or special circumstances, but I do think if a child wants to nurse that much-- he/she will keep nursing even through pg. Not all moms have sore nipples or reduced supply.
post #5 of 85
It has been really hard for me to talk about this, and I just recently posted about it on my due date club board so I won't go too far into it, but I waited 5 years before ttc number 2. DD is still nursing (age 5) and I am 20 weeks pregnant. However, I didn't have an issue with the actual nursing but when I tried to get her to stop twiddling the other nipple (she calls it pinching and it really is) she suddenly stopped nursing the right way. Her latch is so loose now. I hear her swallowing, so I know that she is getting milk, but I have to nudge her every few seconds or my nipple would just fall out of her mouth. It hurts a lot. I immediatly stopped trying to prevent the twiddling after about one night of trying to redirect her hands, but the damage was done.

It has broken my heart. I am a totally firm CLW and I feel like I failed. She still nurses but her latch has continued to get looser and looser. I wanted to tandem nurse, and I figured since she would be almost 6 when her sibling was born, that by then she would probably start weaning herself. I have never ever even considered weaning her, and I am so emotional about the turn of events...

I know in the OP you were referring to people who are striving for something totally different than me, since I waited a very long time, I knew that dd was too high needs to share until recently. But what about women like myself? Am i a failure at CLW for wanting a second child after 5 years? Maybe its just the raging hormones, but I feel so bad...yet I feel like it was fair to want another one at this point. I will continue to do everything I can to make dd feel comfortable nursing, I just try to grin and bear the pain because I know that it won't be sore forever and I would walk through fire to keep dd the secure and happy child that she is.
post #6 of 85
I think that setting arbitrary rules like "don't get pregnant if you want to CLW" or "don't get pregnant until your child is 2.5" is counter-productive. There are many, many reasons to get pregnant -- or not -- and those decisions should be made by individual families without being guilted into thinking they have done something wrong or anti-NFL.

If nature didn't intend for mamas to get pregant while their babies were still nursing, they wouldn't. If nature didn't intend for children to wean during their mamas' pregnancy, mamas' milk wouldn't change into "weaning milk."

What might be right for the OP is not right for everyone. Setting "rules" like this just leads to division between NFL and CLW mamas, IMO.
post #7 of 85
Raina,

I don't know if this will make you feel better or not, but I think a 5yo is old enough to nurse without hurting mommy. Part of a CLW relationship is teaching them to respect, while respecting their desire to continue nursing. My 4yo is weaned (she weaned at 20 mo) but if she was still nursing, I wouldn't allow pinching or twiddling. With an infant, it's harder but I think a preschooler is old enough to learn to respect and not to hurt mom. JMO.
post #8 of 85
I think it all depends on the circumstances. It is very possible to still CLW even if you get pregnant before 2.5 (or some other arbitrary age).

My daughter nursed throughout my pregnancy, and now is nursing full-force since my milk is in. She's almost 22 months old and I will definitely let her wean herself. Getting pregnant when she was still really young did not change that at all.
post #9 of 85

hmmm

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If nature didn't intend for mamas to get pregant while their babies were still nursing, they wouldn't.[/QUOTE]

i respect what you say in spirit, but have to disagree. my body managed to conceive my second kid very quickly. it didn't manage to make enough milk to sustain my first child. by the time she was six months old she lost a lot of weight. if not by the grace of other lactating mamas (yes, i realize that the dreaded formula is an option now, but thats a really recent phenomenon, not an inherent part of human life), she might not have survived.i fed her solid food, but i could tell her body didn't digest it well.
my kiddos are 11 months apart and i would not do THAT again!
if you are one of those crazy mamas i know who undertakes such a journey on purpose...well, have friends who share.
post #10 of 85
I guess it all depends. I don't think I've done anything wrong to my child be becoming pregnant now. She is 2.5 and nurses once a day. If she decides to wean because of taste then she still made the decision.
I also know my child can continue to cuddle with me and get love lots of other ways.

CLW is great but be careful of implications that you are making. Some moms feel really bad when their toddlers wean during pregnancy (whether a planned pregnancy or not) and really they should be happy that their toddler has nursed into toddlerhood.
post #11 of 85
I look forward to the possibllty of tandem nursing. I am being careful to avoid pregnancy right now, as DS is still young enough that he's still really dependent on my milk for almost all of his nourishment, so I don't want to take any risks of lessening my supply. And I plan to continue avoiding getting pregnant until he's old enough to be less likely to wean because of it - say, when it's less about the milk and more about the cuddly-mom time? I'll probably wait until close to the end of his second year, so even if the pregnancy does turn him off, we'll at least have gotten two years in. But I wouldn't wait until he weans to start TTC again... not only would I be passing up the opportunity for us to tandem nurse, but if I want to be able to have more than a couple children I can't afford to space them out by 5 years or so each.

There's reasons to do it either way. While supply issues, etc., may be something to consider when planning on TTC again, there are usually other factors to consider as well. It's something to keep in mind, but I don't think there is one "right" way to proceed with this.
post #12 of 85
I never "planned" any of my pregnancies!!! Not all of us have the luxury of deciding when to start TTC. When my first baby was 9mo, I found out I was 6 wks pg with #2. I found myself with the choice to wean, abort, or nurse through an unexpected pregnancy. Leah kept right on nursing throughout the pregnancy, and weaned after her baby sister did!

Now, I KNOW I won't get pg while nursing Jack because I can't imagine being ready to get married again for several years. (I respect that others have different views about premarital sex, but that's not right for me.)
post #13 of 85
This is the second pregnancy that I've nursed during and we aren't having any problems at all. My milk supply seems to be staying even. I don't have sore nipples. We won't be night weaning.

Dd will be 25 months when this baby is born and I'm planning on tandem nursing like I did with her and ds.
post #14 of 85
My period returned when my dd was 24 months old. I was practicing ecological breastfeeding. I took that as a sign that my body was returning to its' normal cycle and therefore would be physically capable of becoming pregnant and growing a baby.

I conceived 2 months later.

I'm now 17 weeks pregnant and my dd nurses to sleep and maybe 1 or 2 times during the day. I've been having a REALLY hard time in the past 2 weeks or so with nipple pain and agitation at the breast and am at the point where I'm considering weaning much to my shock and horror. I desperately want to nurse my toddler until she is ready to stop on her own but I have to consider my sanity, as well.

I wouldn't go so far as to say Don't get pregnant if you want to CLW but I'd have to say that I would acknowledge that pregnancy can make it very difficult to continue nursing (for many).
post #15 of 85
I think it's different for everyone. DS actually nursed more when I was pregnant. He had a couple of strikes (one for two days a couple weeks before DD was born and the week after I had her) but nothing changed really. Egological nursing for pregnancy prevention doesn't work for me (fertility arrived 4 months after each was born) so I decided to wait until DS was a year before deciding when we'd TTC again; it only took a couple months to get PG. When DD is one, we'll probably talk again about when we'll TTC. Pregnancy isn't the end all to nursing.
post #16 of 85
I must respectfully disagree with everything the OP said! While I know it wasn't meant to be offensive, I found myself getting really defensive while reading the OP... it felt much like a personal attack, which I know it wasn't, but that's how it made me feel.

I believe very strongly in CLW. I got pregnant, we actually started trying as soon as AF returned, and it had no effect whatsoever on my older nursling. At 3.5, she still nurses maybe once every few days, maybe four times in one day, it all depends on her, and it's all up to her! The first time she ever went longer than 24 hours without nursing was the night her baby sister was born. When baby was three hours old, DD woke up, met her new sister, and nursed back to sleep. DD was not ready to wean when I got pregnant, so she didn't. If she had been ready to wean, she probably would have, but either way, it would have been *her* option. I just follow her lead.

gotta say, I LOVE tandem nursing!! Though there are days I'm convinced baby will wean before older sis does!
post #17 of 85
So interesting!

My daughter was 2.5 when my son was conceived. She nursed all throught the pregnancy, even though my milk dried up around 5 months. It didn't matter to her. She wasn't there for the milk. She was there for the mama-time. After John was born, they tandem nursed for almost 4 months. I thought I would love it, but I hated it! HATED IT!!! Last Saturday Emma and I agreed to wean. She is 3 years 9 months. She tells me that it's sad to wean, but that it's good to cuddle. (Which we still do lots of!)

Life is so interesting. I would never set definite "rules" for anything as precious as parenting.
post #18 of 85
It's tough if you start having children later in life. I'm 33 (almost 34) now and pg w/ DD (child 2.) I would like to have 3, maybe four children, and I wanted to do my best to minimize the risks inherent w/ "ADVANCED MATERNAL AGE" (which, medically, starts at 35...don't you love it, only in Hollywood and obstetrics are you OLD at 35 .) I held off until DS was almost a year before TTC and yes, he self weaned at 16 1/2 months when I was about 22 weeks pg (I wanted to tandem, and did all I could to encourage his nursing, but was certainly not going to force him.)

If I were younger would I space my children further apart? Probably. But that simply wasn't an option for me.
post #19 of 85
So because I got pregnant before my DS was 2.5 I didn't practice CLW?? And it is my "fault" that he weaned? Nice

I nursed my DS through a THREE MONTH nursing strike starting at age 14 months...I got up to nurse him every night at 2am because he would only nurse in his sleep. I actually set my clock every night to nurse him.

I continued to offer my breast several times each day and got rejected every time. When he finally nursed when I offered it to him before bed one night I almost sobbed with joy.

When I got pregnant with Niamh he latched off one night and told me "nursies all gone gone" and except for latching on a few times after that he was done. At that point he was 22 months and even though my original plan was to nurse him to a minimum of 2 years I decided to let him make that decision even though I would have preferred to keep nursing him.

I think the OP comments are pretty simplistic advice for a choice that is no bodies choice but the individual families. I still say that my child self weaned and I still believe that he did. I realize that my pregnancy played a factor but it was HIS choice to stop and he was never traumatized by it at all. When Niamh was born he latched on a couple of times (I think to see if it was still "okay" for him to do that) but he didn't want to nurse again.

I don't have to meet anyone else's standards to feel satisfied with the way my nursing relationship with Rhys evolved. Nor do I have to follow some arbitrary rule stating at what age it is "permissable" to get pregnant again if I want to belong to the CLW club.

Steph
post #20 of 85
Bah. I'm 27 weeks pregnant with a 21 month old who nurses a zillion times a day, is not nightweaned, and my breasts don't hurt. Now she's getting colostrum and having a growth spurt, and having a healthy winter. CLW is CLW, whether you're pregnant or not. The circumstances are different for everybody.

Not getting pregnant to "ensure" CLW (and who knows when your child will wean his or herself? There is a big range) may have been good advice for the OP, but it would be lousy advice for me!!
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