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So how many of us are here? I'm 13 weeks pregnant and nursing my almost 17 month old dd. My nipples are starting to get really, really sore. Even when she's not nursing, I can feel that they are sore. It wasn't so bad until the last two weeks or so. How are all you nursing mamas doing? Does it get easier as time goes on? I actually just night weaned because dd was wanting to nurse all night long I just couldn't keep up. It's been pretty successful for us so far and we are still nursing strong during the daytime. To the mamas who are farther along...has your milk dried up? When did it happen? Did you continue to nurse with no milk? Just wondering....

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I'm *just* pregnant and nursing my 13.5 m/o and I'm right there with you on the nipple pain. This morning I noticed a ring of chapped nipple skin - ouch - I'm using lanolin and encouraging him to be gentle. I've already had a dip in supply and have upped the water and oatmeal to try and bring it back up. I hope I don't completely dry up, because my little guy would be so sad. I know of many mamas who've successfully nursed through pg and tandemed afterwords, that's what I'm hoping for.
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Hello! Happily nursing my avid nurser - 25 month old DD. She typically nurses anywhere from 4 - 8 times per day, depending on how busy she is... and just recently has began sleeping a bit better at night, so is usually just waking 2x for nursing during the night (heavenly!). Latch-on has been painful for me since becoming pregnant, and really hasn't let up at all yet, though about 1 minute or so after she gets started, the pain pretty much goes away... I get more of that creepy-crawly feeling during night nursings, and while I don't want to "nightwean" per se, I have been encouraging DD to shorten her night nursing sessions, and cuddle back to sleep. So far, so good.


If y'all haven't yet, I strongly recommend picking up a copy of Hilary Flower's Book: Adventures in Tandem Nursing. It's a great read, full of useful information, and really has helped me feel more confident in my decision to continue to nurse through this pregnancy.

RE: upping your water intake... From what I have researched, you shouldn't be drinking tons & tons of water in hopes of increasing your milk supply. You should of course increase your water intake as you would with any pregnancy (nursing or not), but increased water doesn't coprrelate directly to increased milk supply. In fact, your body compensates for low water intake by decreasing urine output, not decreasing milk output... so I'm just trying to drink to thirst, and eat healthy, small meals often. So far, no decrease in supply... keeping my fingers crossed that supply will continue meet DD's demand.

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RE: upping your water intake... From what I have researched, you shouldn't be drinking tons & tons of water in hopes of increasing your milk supply. You should of course increase your water intake as you would with any pregnancy (nursing or not), but increased water doesn't coprrelate directly to increased milk supply. In fact, your body compensates for low water intake by decreasing urine output, not decreasing milk output... so I'm just trying to drink to thirst, and eat healthy, small meals often. So far, no decrease in supply... keeping my fingers crossed that supply will continue meet DD's demand.
That's something I haven't heard before. I have read and heard that the combo of oatmeal and water together were effective to bolster supply, guess I'll be doing a bit more research
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I'm 38 weeks pregnant and nursing an over 2 1/2 yo. We got the colostrum in at about 30 weeks. I'm having a lot of discomfort in one side but not the other.

Hoping it's all hormonal and will feel better when #2 arrives.

Nursing in the evenings- I'm noticing a lot more BH contractions but I'm not concerned.

I'm really happy that I'll be having the demand of 2 but only really "NEEEDING" supply for 1! Should keep my supply wayyyy up there! Woo hoo.

My DD has decided that the new baby can have one side and she gets to keep the other...... we're working on explaining this to her. HAHAHA
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Checking in! 14 weeks pregnant and nursing my 18-month old. I can still express some milk although I know my supply has decreased. Some days he doesn't nurse much at all, although he's been sick and teething lately so I don't know what to attribute it to. :
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I'm 38 weeks pregnant and nursing an over 2 1/2 yo. We got the colostrum in at about 30 weeks. I'm having a lot of discomfort in one side but not the other.

Hoping it's all hormonal and will feel better when #2 arrives.

Nursing in the evenings- I'm noticing a lot more BH contractions but I'm not concerned.

I'm really happy that I'll be having the demand of 2 but only really "NEEEDING" supply for 1! Should keep my supply wayyyy up there! Woo hoo.

My DD has decided that the new baby can have one side and she gets to keep the other...... we're working on explaining this to her. HAHAHA
Oh, gosh! We're in such a similar boat. My DS is 3.5, and I am just happy that he is willing to acknowledge that the baby deserves a side of her own! We have talked about how babies never get to have treats or anything like that b/c they don't have teeth. DS says he wants Baby to sleep in his room, and he will just stay in bed with Mom and Dad as always.

The soreness got better for me when my colostrum came in at about 20 weeks. (I am 28 weeks now). DS still says there is "no milk" though.

Some benefits I am looking forward to: nipple stimulation for labor, nipples not needing conditioning (I had a lot of initial soreness with DS), great supply!

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Hi All! I'm six weeks today and my 21 month old is an avid nurser! Frankly, I don't think it would matter if my supply dried up or not! She'd just keep going. My nipples have started to get really sore, especially my right one (go figure??), but they are usually fine once she's latched on. I'm kind of excited about this journey!!

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Hellooooo!

I'm 20 wks on Tuesday and ds nurses before naps and bedtime. JUST started getting painful for me - same as Ks mama - goes away after a minute...but oh that minute!! : My sister (NOT into anything like AP or longterm nursing) chided me for thinking it would be good to tandem to keep sibling rivalry down and help ds be positive about the new baby!!! : Thank you - did I tell HER how wrong I thought her methods of raising kids was? No! Everyone is different!!! Arg. Oh well - yes, still happily nursing!

(Oh and I can tell a decrease in supply but not gone yet)
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I'm 20 weeks pregnant with #5 and nursing my twin 19mo olds. They are down to about 6-8 nursings per day combined. I also have one breast which hurts more than the other.

This is my third pregnancy while nursing and honestly it's getting annoying this time.: I think it's because once I fully nurse one, I turn around and have to fully nurse another one. I'm all touched out by the end. Thankfully they've cut out about 6 nursings per day since the beginning of this pregnancy.

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I'm newly pregnant (4 wks) and still nursing my 22 month old. My nipples/breasts haven't gotten sore yet, but my daughter has upped her nursing sessions from 2-3 times a day to 6-7 times a day or more! I'm getting a little tired of sitting in the rocking chair (where she INSISTS she wants to be when nursed lol) all day long, but hoping this phase will pass.

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I'm 20 weeks pregnant with #5 and nursing my twin 19mo olds. They are down to about 6-8 nursings per day combined. I also have one breast which hurts more than the other.

This is my third pregnancy while nursing and honestly it's getting annoying this time.: I think it's because once I fully nurse one, I turn around and have to fully nurse another one. I'm all touched out by the end. Thankfully they've cut out about 6 nursings per day since the beginning of this pregnancy.
your name suits you... this truly is your calling.. good for you for giving your kids the best.. so you think you'll be triandem nursing in march?
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My dd is 33 months old now, I am 34 weeks pregnant. We had plenty of milk till 20 weeks, then my milk was completely gone. Dd stopped nursing during the day at that time. She is now only nursing at night, before sleep, then usually once during a night and upon waking. My colostrum came around 28 weeks but dd wasn't really interested to resume day nursing. My breasts were more tender/sore in the second trimester, now I am quite comfortable night nursing dd.
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I'm almost 19 weeks and am nursing my 20 month old 8-12 times per day. Though each session lasts only minutes and he switches sides frequently hoping there's more milky. I am not totally dried up but definitely major decrease in milk. It just got extremely painful!! The very beginning of the pregnancy I was a little sore and then it went away, well about 2 weeks ago my nipples started hurting really bad!! It's only about a min or so after he latches on but it's still bad. I really don't see him giving up his num-nums, even if my milk completely dried up, he'd still comfort nurse.

I really want to read Adventures in Tandem Nursing I'm hoping it makes nursing two easier since it will be my first time. I'm excited though

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I am 16 weeks pregnant, and still nursing my two boys, 4 1/2 and 2 1/2. I have nursed through my last 7 pregnancies (I have been pregnant and/or nursing continuously since February of 1987, almost 20 years). Most of my babies weaned while I was pregnant, usually right at the very end. Baby #7 was the only one to continue nursing after the baby was born. It wasn't always easy, but I had strong feelings about continuing and not encouraging him to wean.

So, here I am, wondering if I will be nursing 3 come April.
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I'm getting to the end of my pregnancy with #2 right now. I've nursed dd through it (she's almost 2.75 ish). at first it really hurt. i figured out that her latch wasnt that good, especially after the milk dried up (~5 mo?) and she was just on there for comfort. so we worked on getting more aerola and less "just nipple" in there. for a long time, maybe 2-3 months there was no milk. in the past month, there has been colostrum. none of this deterred her from wanting it all the time, although we night weaned when she was about 20-22 months. i would ask her if there was any milk and she would say "yes, its yummy!" but if i ever tried to express any, nothing came out--not even a drop. i was a very prolific milk-maker before, so i'm pretty sure it did dry up.
for me, more than the pain, it was just annoying. sometimes i felt like i wanted to push her away from me. there were times where i was like 'stop stop stop stop---you have to stop!" and i felt bad, but it was just driving me up the wall. with my due date about 2 1/2 weeks away, i see no end in sight. i havent read adventures in tandem nursing yet, but its on hold at the library! i hope that some of the benefits to tandem nursing will happen for us (sibling bonding, helps with engorgement/supply, and hey, at least when i'm nursing the baby i will know where she is and what she is up to!) good luck to all you nursing/pregnant mamas out there!

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I'm 5/6 weeks along and my almost 1 year old dd has had roseola all week long so I've been exclusively nursing her : It's been a very tired sort of week for my whole family... It's good to "meet" you all I'm glad I'm not alone.

I'll probably be getting comments from my extended family this Christmas since we're going to stay with my parents (my mom knows nursing during pg is fine at least). My midwife is completely behind me though and I have a friend IRL who is about to give birth after nursing through her pg so hopefully I can handle any negativity.

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Ohhh thank you for this thread!

I'm 22 weeks preg. and DD is 18 M.....I've been having a hard time, SUPER PAINFUL ! It feels like DD is biting me.....Latch on is the worst and seems like at night it's even more painful , maybe it's me and I need a break!

DD nurses about 4-6 during the day, sometimes less and night time anywhere to 3-5 times.....I'm soo tired in the AM as DD nurses to sleep, gets up around 11:30, then @ 1 or 2 AM then at 5 AM to nurse and again around 7.....I don't know how I'm gonna make it with 2!

I'm all ears!!!!!
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I am 16 weeks pregnant, and still nursing my two boys, 4 1/2 and 2 1/2. I have nursed through my last 7 pregnancies (I have been pregnant and/or nursing continuously since February of 1987, almost 20 years).
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I am 38 weeks pregnant and also Tandem nursing my nearly 4 1/2 and my 2 yo ds....

I have no idea when this babe will be come but I am 100% sure that I will be Triandem nursing within the month

 
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I am 38 weeks pregnant and also Tandem nursing my nearly 4 1/2 and my 2 yo ds....

I have no idea when this babe will be come but I am 100% sure that I will be Triandem nursing within the month

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for those of you have who tandem nursed before. i am worried about what will happen after the baby gets here and i have to put both children to sleep. my 19 months old will not go to sleep unless he is nursed to sleep. Also some nights he wont sleep at all unless the breat is in his mouth...the second you remove it he is wide awake screaming. i am wondering if this will mean lots of sleepless nights for everyone once we have the new baby. i am only 7 weeks pregnant now, so im hoping that we have plenty of time to talk to our son about sharing with the new sibling...but as of right now he is not exactly conversational and doesn't have any clue about what we really mean when we say he is going to have a new sibling. Im also not sure how to cosleep with two chidren? we already take up a lot of space in a king size bed.
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It sort of seems like when dd is nursing, a lot of the time she is sucking lightly, but not swallowing, so I think that means that I don't have much left in there. I totally know what you mama's mean when you say that there are times when you feel totally touched out. There are moments when I'm like, why can't you just sit here with me with out wanting to nurse??? Arg. Well, I know I'm doing the best thing possible for my baby girl right now, so I'll just keep on keepin on .

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I am 33 weeks pregnant and still nursing my 19 month old ds. My milk dried up at 16 weeks, but that did not stop ds. He doesn't nurse as much maybe 3-4 times a day. At first it was very painful - my first clue that I was pregnant, but now it is just fine. My colostrum came in at 27 weeks which made ds very happy. I am really excited about tandem nursing and think that it will be a good bonding experience for ds with the new baby.
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I'm still nursing my 3-1/2 year old daughter...I am pretty sure that I haven't had any milk since about 14 weeks but she doesn't care

She only nurses when she wakes up, sometimes at bedtime, and if she's really distressed. It bugs me but it's not unbearable. It would bug me more to deny her something that she obviously still feels a need to have.
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I just found out I was preggers. I tandem nursed DS1 while I was pregnant with DS2 up until about the third trimester, when he self-weaned. I was open to allowing him to begin nursing again after his brother was born, but he wasn't interested anymore. I'm hoping to do the same thing with this pregnancy... nurse as long as DS2 is interested.

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for those of you have who tandem nursed before. i am worried about what will happen after the baby gets here and i have to put both children to sleep. my 19 months old will not go to sleep unless he is nursed to sleep. Also some nights he wont sleep at all unless the breat is in his mouth...the second you remove it he is wide awake screaming. i am wondering if this will mean lots of sleepless nights for everyone once we have the new baby. i am only 7 weeks pregnant now, so im hoping that we have plenty of time to talk to our son about sharing with the new sibling...but as of right now he is not exactly conversational and doesn't have any clue about what we really mean when we say he is going to have a new sibling. Im also not sure how to cosleep with two chidren? we already take up a lot of space in a king size bed.
i night-weaned dd when she was about your son's age. i started nursing her about an hour before bed and naps so that we broke the association with sleep = nursing. then we just kind of battled it out. it wasn't that hard, and didn't take as long as i thought it would. i was just dying from lack of sleep and it wasn't working for me to nurse her at night any more. we talked about how she could nurse when the sun comes up (or you could put a light on a timer--"is the nursing light on?") and i just used simple phrases like "the nu-nus (what we call them) are sleeping." it took a few nights of wearing a tight shirt, cuddling her, dh cuddling her, and reminding her that nu-nus were asleep and she could have them in the morning.
i know i'm worried about the 1 hour bedtime routene with dd when the baby comes...but at least not HAVING to nurse her to sleep, she can accept substitutes like dh sometimes, or rubbing her back, singing, etc. all of which i can do while holding a baby.

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Okay, here's a sort of stupid question...

Since your colostrum only lasts a few days after babe is born... does new babe get enough colostrum if the other one is nursing, too? I know how important that colostrum is to those tiny immune systems, so is it okay if they don't get every last drop of it since a lot will be taken by dd1?

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Okay, here's a sort of stupid question...

Since your colostrum only lasts a few days after babe is born... does new babe get enough colostrum if the other one is nursing, too? I know how important that colostrum is to those tiny immune systems, so is it okay if they don't get every last drop of it since a lot will be taken by dd1?
Colustrum is not in a limited supply.... it is what your body produces for the first few days... so the baby gets what it needs... like if you have twins etc...
ETA... I do like letting the baby have first dibs though... then nurse the older sibling after...

 
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for those of you have who tandem nursed before. i am worried about what will happen after the baby gets here and i have to put both children to sleep. my 19 months old will not go to sleep unless he is nursed to sleep. Also some nights he wont sleep at all unless the breat is in his mouth...the second you remove it he is wide awake screaming. i am wondering if this will mean lots of sleepless nights for everyone once we have the new baby. i am only 7 weeks pregnant now, so im hoping that we have plenty of time to talk to our son about sharing with the new sibling...but as of right now he is not exactly conversational and doesn't have any clue about what we really mean when we say he is going to have a new sibling. Im also not sure how to cosleep with two chidren? we already take up a lot of space in a king size bed.
First... you have a while still to go... there is a lot of growing up that happens in the 7-8 months that you have left...

I nursed both of my boys to sleep until about 2 months ago when ds#1 decided that he didn't need to nurse to sleep anymore...
I nurse to sleep in the living room and then put them down... while I was nursing one, DH was with the other...
I didn't really talk much about sharing with the new baby.... I just had the baby at the breast and if ds#1 wanted some I would Tandem... neither liked it though so he would often just wait next to me until his little brother was finished...
As for co-sleeping... I slept in between the boys and then ds#1 started to cuddle DH more... now DS#1 cuddles DH and ds#2 stays on my side... the new babe will be going between DH and I...

 
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