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Thought we could all share experiences, commiserate, etc. DS is 11 months and nurses mostly before naps and bed- I usually try to nurse him when he wakes up, too- so about 4 times a day, and then 2-3 overnight.

 

As of right now, I think my supply has dropped, but that could be in my head- just tested positive 4 days ago and before that I hadn't noticed a difference. Funny how those things work, isn't it? :)

 

Last night was the first time I'd felt a little soreness while nursing, but I'm going to go ahead and blame those on teething.

 

My biggest concern is that if my supply drops- Do I need to make sure DS is taking in some other kind of milk? He eats yogurt and/or cheese daily, and gets healthy fats from avocado, olive oil, etc. He's a great eater. I really don't want to go with cow's milk, and I don't think I want to do soy either- maybe almond?

 

Has anyone done this before? I'd love to have an idea of what to expect- I've seen some women say their supply drops and then builds back up. I get the impression that there's nothing I can do to boost my supply... Is that correct?

 

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I'm currently nursing my 17 month old and trying to figure out how to wean.  I really just hope my supply goes away.  It has definitely gone down in the last couple weeks.  I nursed my oldest all through my second pregnancy and then tandemed for about 9 months.  I do not want to do that again!  Ds loves bottles and will happily take cow milk (only from a bottle, not a sippy) and formula.  I need to go to the store today and get some nice whole milk (all we have is 2% since I've been trying to lose weight, oops.)

 

Almond milk doesn't have a lot of fat or protein.  We don't do soy here at all (my oldest has problems with it.)  I stick to cow milk for those who can digest it (my second cannot, he gets almond milk.)


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Just found out I was pregnant yesterday and am very excited! We had a miscarriage in March so keeping things quiet. Nice to be able to share here!

I'm still nursing my 25 month DS. We are down to morning, nap and night. Finally he's sleeping through. He also has a milk protein allergy so I've stayed away from cows milk. I make sure he gets a daily vitamin and have been giving him yogurt, goat's milk & cheese and some almond milk. I'm just hoping my supply will run out and we'll wean without much fuss. =) I'm ready. And I think he's getting there too.

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Hey mamas,

I am nursing my 22 almost 23 month old and found out I was pregnant this past sunday. I plan to continue for as long as I am comfortable with or she stops on her own.

In terms of not givng cows milk, I bet you would be fine if your little one stopped nursing. You could always do goat or sheep milk if you were concerned. I have a cow milk allergy and eat goat and sheep cheese, but I think there are plenty of other ways to get the things you need. I think you are doing a great job so far.

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I'm still nursing my 25 month old, and so far it's going well. I haven't noticed much of a dip in supply, she hasn't complained, and while I have had some breast pain nursing hasn't hurt at all. I plan on just going with the flow (or lack thereof).


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My DS is 15 months old and still nursing.  He has slowed down in the past few months but still has a big morning session when he first wakes up.  I am wondering if he will end up weaning himself as my pregnancy progresses.


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I'm still nursing my 25 month old.  Most days it's morning, nap, bed, and once at night.  Sometimes (like today) he wants to nurse a few times in the afternoon as well.  I'm only 5 wks, but so far it's not uncomfortable.  I'm hoping that my supply gradually diminishes and we wean naturally by the third tri, though at the moment I'm in no great rush.  Nursing is definitely a nice way to calm him down if needed, reconnect, or to get a few precious moments to read a book in the middle of the day! :)

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Just tested this morning (eek!!). Nursing dd2 who is 26mos. No supply shortage yet, just sore boobs. I am trying to nightwean her just because I am going nuts waking up with her like she's a 5 month old.
I'll keep nursing her as long as I can...with dd1, who was this exact age when I got pg with #2, she nursed until I was about 25 weeks along and then my milk supply just disappeared. It worked out well because I was not interested in tandem nursing but also didn't want to force dd1 to wean. She just sort of got the message. One night she kissed the "nummies" goodbye and that was the end of it.

I am a little teary just thinking about reaching that place with dd2. I had two miscarriages last year and I've sort I'd clung to her as my baby for a lot longer...this pg is sort of a (hugely welcome!!) surprise...

As for supplementing...at 2, I'm not really worried about her missing nutritionally from stopping bf'ing. I'll give her rice milk. She eats a mostly balanced diet - she'll get what she needs. I'm more wrapped up in the emotional side of it for her since it's very much a comfort thing at this point...Not there yet so I'll just stop borrowing trouble for now. :-)

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Well, I'm probably the veteran here.16 I've been nursing non-stop for 12 years and 6 weeks :dropjaw WOW, that sounds really long when I say it!16 Other than some tenderness when I was pregnant, I never found it problematic.16 My supply didn't really drop much (although when they were close in age I was careful to get enough Calcium, etc).16 Especially if your little one is only nursing at bed time, like mine is now, I wouldn't worry at all.16 And if you decide to extended nurse, tandem nursing isn't too bad either.16 If you have any questions feel free to ask...I'm sure I've experienced it :lol

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OK, I don't have any clue why all those 16s are appearing in my post. Anyone else have an idea :b

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So I just found out the other day that I am pregnant and according to an online due date calculator I am 6 weeks today. I weaned my daughter off daytime nursing at the beginning of July and now we're working on weaning at night. She still wakes up about every 1 1/2-2 hours throughout the night and I know it's more of a comfort thing than anything else, but it's really starting to affect me. She's 22 months now and I am just very happy that I was able to nurse her for as long as I have! My breasts aren't really hurting, but every time she nurses on the left side it feels like my nipple is on fire or like my nipple has a sunburn. Not fun!

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Thought we could all share experiences, commiserate, etc. DS is 11 months and nurses mostly before naps and bed- I usually try to nurse him when he wakes up, too- so about 4 times a day, and then 2-3 overnight.

 

As of right now, I think my supply has dropped, but that could be in my head- just tested positive 4 days ago and before that I hadn't noticed a difference. Funny how those things work, isn't it? :)

 

Last night was the first time I'd felt a little soreness while nursing, but I'm going to go ahead and blame those on teething.

 

My biggest concern is that if my supply drops- Do I need to make sure DS is taking in some other kind of milk? He eats yogurt and/or cheese daily, and gets healthy fats from avocado, olive oil, etc. He's a great eater. I really don't want to go with cow's milk, and I don't think I want to do soy either- maybe almond?

 

Has anyone done this before? I'd love to have an idea of what to expect- I've seen some women say their supply drops and then builds back up. I get the impression that there's nothing I can do to boost my supply... Is that correct?

 

Looking forward to hearing from other mamas in the same boat :)


I've gotten pregnant twice now when my (then) youngest was 10 months old, and both times my milk was GONE by 13 weeks. I don't think there's really anything you can do to increase it - your body just decides "no milk! You're pregnant" and that's it, no matter how much your LO is nursing. At least that's how it was for me. Sounds like your little guy is eating great, I wouldn't introduce cow milk. I never did because both DS's were eating good sources of fat, calcium, etc.  I don't really think there's any need to replace your milk with some other kind of milk. Maybe just more water and calories each day, but don't go cow milk if you're not ready for it yet! Just my 2¢.  orngbiggrin.gif

Brande, I can't come close to your record, but I've been nursing straight for 5 years and have tandem nursed twice, and now am nursing through pregnancy for the third time! (Actually, now that I think about it, DS2 was the "baby" element with his older brother and the "big kid" element with his little sister.... so he's tandem nursed with 2 sibs! I'm guessing DD will nurse with this baby too so she'll have the same experience. Funny.)  Anyhoo, yeah, I'd give thumbs up to nursing during pregnancy and tandem nursing, mostly. 
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I cannot recommend highly enough, "Adventures in Tandem Nursing."  You need this book! Also, "The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding" has some good stuff too.
 

 


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I am trying to nightwean her just because I am going nuts waking up with her like she's a 5 month old.

 


lol.gif  My DD is 21 months and I'm totally there with you! Geesh! My boys were both night weaned by 15 months! I'm like, seriously girl, you're not an infant! Do ya really need to nurse 1800 times a night??   Plus, I don't know about yours, but mine doesn't lay there quietly when she nurses, she's flopping around like a fish, grabbing my other boob, pulling my shirt around... there's no WAY I can fall back asleep until she's done! It's so funny, I've started telling her, "No nummies in bed" when she wakes up to nurse at night, and she cries and then goes over to DH (she's in the middle of us in bed) and climbs on him and cries, "Papa? PAPA!? More nummies?"  Hoping that he'll overrule me and let her have more. lol.gif  Of course, he knows better and tells her, "Mama said all done!"  She was pretty mad the first couple of nights but she's starting to accept it now.

 

 

 

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My DS still nurses a lot at 18 months and we aren't anywhere close to stopping.  Typically he nurses 2-5 times over night and 3-5 times during the day.  It feels like a lot some days and some days not so much.  I am planning on nursing through this pregnancy and until he feels like stopping.  We will see when that happens, I am committed to weaning by the time he goes to college :)

 

Not really much soreness, sometimes I feel crampy and also like he is teething with his latch but otherwise, not too bad.  Really hoping I am one of those who keeps my milk through the pg but I am a little jealous of those who have night weaned, I wouldn't mind a little more solid sleep before I have a new one arrive to wake me up again!


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 Really hoping I am one of those who keeps my milk through the pg but I am a little jealous of those who have night weaned, I wouldn't mind a little more solid sleep before I have a new one arrive to wake me up again!



This. I'm considering night weaning, because we have to move DS to his own room (there's just not enough space in ours for another person, and definitely no room in bed), and I just can't imagine getting up 2-3 times a night to walk across the hall and nurse him, then come back to bed and nurse a newborn all night. And I really would like some full nights of sleep before the baby comes... But I'm nervous that night weaning is a sure way to lose my supply. Sort of hoping he decides on his own that there's no point in waking up for just a little bit of funny tasting milk ;-) or that having his own space will help him sleep better.


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still nursing my 2 1/2 year old. she nurses all the dang time too. I tried cutting her down but it was extremely traumatic for her. I weaned my last 2 daughters easily while pregnant b/c my nipples hurt, they accepted that and moved on. Junes, not so much.

 

Boosting milk supply- you can probably use all the same things that generally increase milk supply when you aren't pregnant.


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Boosting milk supply- you can probably use all the same things that generally increase milk supply when you aren't pregnant.


Here's a link to KellyMom's article on milk supply in pregnancy.  She pretty much says that since milk decrease is due to hormonal issues (progesterone) and not physical issues, you probably can't increase it. Progesterone may make your breasts less able to store milk effectively, but at birth the progesterone levels drop and that "problem" is reversed.

I'm pretty sure it's not safe to take Fenugreek while pregnant, which is a main milk-boosting herb.

 

 

 


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Hey mamas, so I am taking vitamin b6 for nausea and possible help with low progesterone (unconfirmed)  and I was wondering what is the safe amount for breastfeeding?  Anyone taking it too?


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I'm still nursing my 33 month old and my 15 month old. I had no problems with supply thru my second pregnancy, not sure how it will go this time though. I'll nurse them for as long as they want, but I have a feeling my older DD will self wean at some point before the new baby comes. Although, I thought that last time too, so...only time will tell.
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I'm still nursing my 17-month-old... I have no clue what to expect, but I'm hoping to tandem if it all works out with dd4 and this new babe!

 

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Here's a link to KellyMom's article on milk supply in pregnancy.  She pretty much says that since milk decrease is due to hormonal issues (progesterone) and not physical issues, you probably can't increase it. Progesterone may make your breasts less able to store milk effectively, but at birth the progesterone levels drop and that "problem" is reversed.

I'm pretty sure it's not safe to take Fenugreek while pregnant, which is a main milk-boosting herb.

 

 

 



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*just* weaned my 16 month old. We had major issues nursing from the beginning (he was a 32 week preemie) & the last while had just been unpleasant.

 

I nursed through pregnancy #4 & then tandem nursed babies 3 & 4 for a year. I have also had pregnancies where I weaned PDQ also.


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still nursing my 2 1/2 year old. she nurses all the dang time too. I tried cutting her down but it was extremely traumatic for her. I weaned my last 2 daughters easily while pregnant b/c my nipples hurt, they accepted that and moved on. Junes, not so much.

 

Boosting milk supply- you can probably use all the same things that generally increase milk supply when you aren't pregnant.


Same here! My DD is 35 months old and still nurses A LOT.  It's also extremely traumatic for her if I try to cut down.  I toyed with night weaning but I just couldn't break her heart like that.  Right now my boobs are SO SO tender so it's kind of rough, especially during the night.  I can't see her weaning before the baby gets here.  I have no problem with the thought of tandem nursing, it's just that she nurses so much still I know I will be completely drained with her and the newborn.  It would almost be best if my supply went away and she weaned during the pregnancy.  But honestly, I think she'd hop right back on once she saw the baby doing it :)

 


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Still nursing my 11 month dd. I have nursed through while pregnant and didnt notice to much of a drop. I have started to night wean and started to put her in her own bed. This is the ealiest I have done this with any of my babies. She is adjusting better then Iam. With my boys I weaned close to 3 years old along with them sleeping on their own. I found the longer I let ALL night nursing go on the more they wanted it and was a stuggle to stop. I have never weaned my babies before 2 years but nursing a demanding newborn and toddler wasnt all magical like I thought it was going to be. I guess I will let nature take its corse and go from there and not stress about it now.   


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I am nursing my 23 month old.  I tandem nursed my first two until just two months ago, and will probably do the same. Although, I think that if I had been pregnant last time for just a few weeks more my first would have self weaned, so who know what DS2 will do.  I haven't noticed any supply issues yet, but my milk definitely decreased during my last pregnancy, so I expect it will do the same this time.  For what it's worth, despite some of the annoyances of tandem nursing, I am really glad that I did it.  It was such a wonderful way to let DS1 bond with me and the new baby.  I don't know what I'll do if DS2 weans before I have this next one, as I've been nursing for 4+ years solid! 


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Still nursing my three year old 4-5x per day. Keeping an open mind. Would love to keep nursing if she still wants to. Its great down time for us both :)

 

 


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My oldest son was 13 months when I got pregnant with our daughter. My supply went down almost immediately and he wasn't too interested and he ended up weaning by the time I was about 8 weeks pregnant. 

 

When we got pregnant with our third, our daughter was only 8 1/2 months old. She had weaned at night, on her own, at 6 months -- but was not eating solids on a regular basis and still nursed quite a bit during the day. We ultimately, around 12 weeks pregnant, had to start supplementing with whole goats milk. My supply diminished so much that she actually lost weight. She continued to nurse until about 11 1/2 months and then weaned -- but picked back up when our second son was born when she was 16 months!

 

I think it's important to realize that every woman is different and every baby is different. Some women, like me, "dry up" during the first trimester. Others continue making milk the duration of their pregnancies. Older babies may become disinterested if/when supply drops and will make up for the calories elsewhere. Some may keep nursing until the new baby comes. I think it's important to listen to both your body and your son's. :)

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I think I'm 6w2d today (if I figure right.. and it's just a guess here ;) ) and I really do think the week before last, the way dd4 was nursing (and complaining in her own 17-month-old-way), was more of a sign of pregnancy than the positive test ;)

 

So far, nursing is still going great.  Too great almost... sometimes I just. want. to. rest.  ALONE.  But she gets to hang off my boob.  And she's happy.  So, I'm happy she's still getting what she needs and wants and loves so much.  I feel quite thankful that so far *knockonwood*, my breasts are super sore.  I think when pg with dd1, I could hardly even take a shower because the water coming down was just TOO PAINFUL!  So, to be nursing a baby while pregnant is totally new territory for me!


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It suddenly seems like we are headed quickly towards weaning.  I was not expecting it to happen this quickly at all!  My 25 month old has always loved nursing and it's been a really special part of our relationship.  It has also been a very welcome break for both of us so many times that I am going to miss it for that alone - a guaranteed 5 minute reading break!

 

At 6 weeks, it's been getting less comfortable and so I've been talking to him about how there isn't much milk anymore, and then we slowly cut back.  And now suddenly we made it through a whole day without nursing at all.  Two months ago it was 4-6 times a day, and he clearly needed it to help him deal with his emotions.

 

He does still ask to nurse at nap and bedtime, but he seems to be accepting it without complaint when I told him today the milk was all gone.  If he really wants it I'll be happy to do a short nursing session again, but if he's ready to wean... Well, it seems like it's clearly for the best, but I can't help but feel sad about it.  I find myself having to hold back from offering to nurse.  I guess I just wasn't expecting that *I* would feel so conflicted about it, while he seems fine!

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I wish I was closer to weaning. Now, I'm lucky that nursing doesn't hurt much at all, and I still have some milk. However it's clearly drying up a bit and DD isn't reacting well. Meaning she wants to nurse nurse nurse all the time, and I just can't take it anymore. I just got done with a 45 minute nursing session that DID NOT end in a nap, but did end in me wanting to cry. A lot.


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