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#1 of 3 Old 03-10-2005, 07:31 PM - Thread Starter
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I cross posted this in Bfing:

DS is almost 11mo and I'm about 5wks pg w/ baby #2. My nipples are sore and DS wants to nurse almost EVERY HOUR (even at night!!! )!!! It hurts quite a bit and I just don't know what to do I don't want to wean him at all (as a matter of fact, I argued w/ a nurse at my OBs yesterday about not weaning ), I just want him to go a little longer b/w nursing sessions, is that too much to ask? He eats some solids, not many though, 2x a day. I was going to start working a lunch into his schedule around 11mo, but now I'm thinking I should do it sooner. But even when he's JUST finished eating breakfast, he'll still want to nurse. I don't know what to do. Please, any help would be so appreciated.

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You can set limits without completely weaning.

It's perfectly OK to stop a nursing session if your nipples are too sore, or say "no" to a request to nurse if you're really not feeling up to it.

You could try offering a bottle or cup of water at night before offering the breast- when I did that with my girls, night-nursing dropped about in half. Other mamas here should have advice on night-weaning- something I've never done but might work for you.

It's possible that your milk supply has already decreased, and your dc might be nursing more often to try and stimulate supply. You might want to consider supplementing with milk or formula, and continue nursing for comfort (when its comfortable for BOTH of you!!!)

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I have no advice because I haven't been anywhere near your shoes. I just wanted to give you a **hug** and congrats on your pg. I agree that substituting with formula may be a good idea if you don't want to move too quickly to solids. It's not like you'd be switching an ebf infant from bm to formula. Afterall, you are moving on to other foods and formula would probably contain more fortified nutrients than most solid foods you'd give. I'd probably do that before cow's milk (I suggest trying goat first). Good luck.
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