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Wondering how we were all doing. My 21 month old ds is still going strong. Not sure how much milk I actually have, there is definitely some, but I'm thinking it's not a whole lot.

I nearly lost my mind the other night. He was nursing CONSTANTLY. I got almost no sleep, my nipples were is pain. Come to find out he's cutting his 2 year molars Hoping it goes quickly.

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Well, I'll admit I've been cheating and giving him bottles of cow milk...he's nursing 1-2 times a day mostly, sometimes he convinces me to let him nurse more. Last night he told me the breast milk was yucky...but he drank it anyway lol.
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DD (2.5) is pretty much nightweaned. : About 3.5 weeks ago, I decided I had enough with the night nursing. It was driving me nuts and making me nauseous. DD was also latched on forever. It has been a slow and painful process, especially since we were visiting family from Christmas to New Years. But now she has no problem falling back to sleep in my arms...and it only takes a minute or two. Last night she only woke up once!!! Some nights, she still wakes frequently (like 4 times), but I can get her back to sleep easily and without tears. Hopefully she will begin sleeping through the night soon.

Unfortunately, she shows no signs of slowing down. I'm going to wean her completely soon, and I know that will be very unpleasant. She will be 3 in March, and I know I don't want to tandem nurse. DD whines to nurse soooo often (out of boredom), and now I really dislike nursing. The relationship needs to end before I get too resentful towards her and before I start having feelings like I dont want to nurse #2. I'm determined to have her completely weaned by her third b-day in March. I wish there was a way to do it gently, but I think that there is going to be a lot of tears involved.

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I'll admit that if ds wasn't lactose intolerant I'd do this myself.


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Well, I'll admit I've been cheating and giving him bottles of cow milk...he's nursing 1-2 times a day mostly, sometimes he convinces me to let him nurse more. Last night he told me the breast milk was yucky...but he drank it anyway lol.

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My 27 month old is actually doing really well. He doesn't nurse at all at night, sometimes to go to sleep he will have a tiny bit and then pop off and roll over. The only time he nurses now is at naptime. I'm not ready to give that up and neither is he.

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DD is still nursing about the same, maybe just a little less than normal. Which is still several times a day, and a few times at night. I know there is not much in there, cause she is only swallowing for the first little while, but she does stay latched on for a loooooong time

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I'm really happy that DD has been cooperative with my need for cutting way back on nursing. I've got her pretty much only nursing once in the morning and sometimes she'll go a day or two without nursing. Yesterday was actually the first time she nursed in four days and then she skipped again today.

Most of the time she'll still ask when we're in bed and I'll reply with "Just a second". If she complains I'll nurse her but normally she'll drop it and then decide she wants to get up.

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I nightweaned DS (22 mo) a the week before last, and it has been nice. He still wakes up some nights, but I'll rock him back to sleep. He usually doesn't wake up more than once, sometimes not at all.

He seems to have cut back altogether. He uses to nurse a lot during the day, but now he seems to be substituting soy milk for mama milk. We have been going through an insane amount of it. He is also eating enough for a teenage boy, so I think a gowth spurt is about to happen.

I am guessing that he will still be nursing a little when the new baby arrives. I have a feeling seeing the baby nurse all of the time may increase his interest. We'll see.

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My 23 month old is nursing, but only like once or twice a day now! She just isn't THAT interested anymore. But there is still milk. Actually we were out of town for a week at my inlaws for Christmas and she didn't ask for "milky" once! And so we didn't nurse... I wouldn't really mind her weaning, but I'm open to whatever. But then when we got back home she's asked a few times. I think she actually skips some days still.

So, I think we might slowly be weaning... or she'll just keep it up like this and start nursing strong once there is a baby to be jealous of haha.
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My 25 month old is just nursing before bed, and I am almost certain I don't have any milk left. When I went down to two times a day my milk pretty much dried up, and now at once a day he just nurses for a minute or so on each side and then cuddles to sleep. The thing is, it hurts like he**. I am going to wean him completely next month when I have to go away from a business trip to for 4 nights. I just can't see myself tandem nursing and I want enough time in between that he doesn't feel like the new baby stole his num nums.
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DD is 23 months, and still loves nursing. It's going quite well, I'm so pleased about that. So far I could see her continuing to nurse throughout the pregnancy and tandeming, but we'll see what happens in the next while. I've tandemed her sisters together, and then my third baby ended up weaning before my current nursling was born. At the time I was really glad, because it was so uncomfortable for me, but later I wished she hadn't, I missed nursing her!

Nursing DD is working on her 1 year molars, so some nights are rough. I don't mind her nursing often, but when she starts grinding on the nipples, I can't stand that! Sigh, we still have 2 more molars to come through, and then it's eye teeth!

It makes me feel so glad when I can still hear her gulping milk in the night, although I do think I have less milk than before. Wish I could know that the milk will stay.

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My 2.5 year old DD still nurses a lot. Recently she's cut down on day time nursings, but she goes through phases like that every few months. She's been distracted with her new toys from Christmas! She is still nursing lots at night, and as soon as she wakes up she wants to cuddle in bed and nurse forever. I really hope she continues nursing, I want to tandem nurse! She keeps telling everyone how she is going to share her milk with baby brother (we don't know if it's a boy or not...just what she says) and people don't know what to say...a 2.5 year old still nursing? A 2.5 year old and an infant nursing? INAPPROPRIATE!

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Well, I'll admit I've been cheating and giving him bottles of cow milk...he's nursing 1-2 times a day mostly, sometimes he convinces me to let him nurse more. Last night he told me the breast milk was yucky...but he drank it anyway lol.
Like a baby bottle? I am just about willing to do anything at this point to cut down Rowan's nursing. I think my milk is drying up because after he nurses for a while he pulls off and shouts "nee!" and sometimes hits me, repeat x 10 or so. Ugh. He sucked his thumb until a few months ago, but now it's all "nee" all the time. It is wearing me the heck out! Oh, he's 19 months.

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We've gone through some little rough patches, but I think we're finding compromises that work. My ds now accepts water at night, and if he's been nursing for a long time and I can't take the pain anymore, I ask him if he wants a drink, and he usually sits up and signs drink. He actually nurses for longer than he did before, I guess because his tummy doesn't get full anymore, so he can just nurse for comfort. So far it hurts but not too bad, and I don't have any of the feelings of revulsion that I've read about. I'm glad because although I'm not sure how it will work, I'm willing to tandem. I just keep smiling when I imagine my milk coming in and how my ds will react after 7 months of virtually nada!

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DD (turned 2 on Dec. 8th) is still goin strong. Mom... not so much. Lol. I don't think my supply has really changed, but my nipples are killing me. I don't know how much more I can handle. I tense up every time she latches, it's really hard for me to enjoy our nursing relationship like I used to. Luckily she's cutting back in the day, though she still askes for "booboos" all the time, she doesn't object when I say "big girl papa instead!". She's usually pretty happy to run into the kitchen and raid the fridge.

I'm sort of sad, but I'm really starting to consider weaning. I just don't know that I have it in me anymore. It's just like something we do now... the only time I think either of us feel a bond is night nursing.

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Like a baby bottle? I am just about willing to do anything at this point to cut down Rowan's nursing. I think my milk is drying up because after he nurses for a while he pulls off and shouts "nee!" and sometimes hits me, repeat x 10 or so. Ugh. He sucked his thumb until a few months ago, but now it's all "nee" all the time. It is wearing me the heck out! Oh, he's 19 months.
Yes, but, he was in daycare as a baby so he had bottles before...he actually weened off of them around 15mos, but, I think when he realized it was that or suck on nothing most of the time he changed his mind--he won't take a pacifier and doesn't suck his fingers or thumb. I felt so guilty at first...but, he was nursing like a newborn so I had to do something! He still asks for "leche" (his word for mommy's milk and only mommy's milk) all the time...but, usually he will either eat food, take a sippy of water or juice or if he is sleepy he wants a baby bottle of "cow jump over moon milk"
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I planned on nightweaning over my dh's Christmas vacation, but ds2 got a stomach bug and has been nursing more since so it's just not the time. We're transitioning him into his brothers room, son once he's used to that we'll work on Daddy getting him back to sleep at night instead of Mama's "na nas". He pretty much only nurses before nap, before bed, and at night.

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We are still nursing, but rarely outside of falling asleep and waking up. We nightweaned, and at this point she sleeps 8 or 9 hours, then wakes up at around 6:30 AM or so and nurses. Forever. Sometimes she won't unlatch for an hour, and is just sort of dozing.

She is 25+ months and still very attached to nursing but generally accepts the limits that I have put on it.
I still have milk (14 weeks pg).
I think I want to tandem nurse, but am nervous about it, mostly because everyone I know has struggled and then weaned soon after baby is born.

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I read Adventures of Tandem Nursing put out by LLL International http://www.amazon.ca/Adventures-Tand...1091092&sr=8-1 a few years ago, and it is a fantastic resource for nursing while pregnant and tandeming. It gave me some helpful ideas, as I don't know many people in real life who have had this experience. I'd like to read it again, but we moved and our new library doesn't have it in their system...they should!

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I'm really lucky that I'm not in physical discomfort from nursing and my supply seems stable. But DD is only just 12 months old.

My big problem is that apparently I spent the past year allowing DBF to learn NOTHING about nighttime parenting or comforting her, much less getting her to sleep...she squawked, I nursed. Last night she woke me up to nurse who knows how many times. At 6am she fussed, latched and nursed, bucking, for twenty minutes. She then popped off and I lost it...told him I was going to sleep in the other room so he took her out of bed and walked around with her for a half hour, her screaming all the while. Finally I took her back and nursed back to sleep.

So now I feel guilty for making her suffer and so anxious that I'll be nighttime nursing with leg cramps when I'm huge and uncomfortable anyway. Not to mention she screams if she hears me get out of bed to pee. Nicky isn't a tyrant, it's just that she's only ever accepted comfort from me.

Sorry to hijack, meant only to chime in that it's getting rough but I don't dare wean her for fear that she'll freak out when she sees babe nursing.

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I also have a 12 mo who is still going strong. I'm feeling good about my supply, and she's doing so well eating solids that I'm a lot less nervous about her nutrition than I was before. I think we'll make it. She's got some annoying behaviors going on that I have to be careful of not reacting really strongly too (she gets so sad when I jump and say ouch!) but we're working on that. Thankfully she only nurses once at night (doesn't co-sleep anymore.)

My older DD (3.5) is weaning -- I have been actively encouraging this for my sanity. And I'm ok with that now. She's the more demanding nurser, and I really can't imagine having 3 kids yelling for milkies! So, she's nursed once in the past week. I've done a lot of distracting -- offering stories and snuggles. It's working ok.

Yeah, there aren't too many people irl who tandemn -- I live in super-crunchyville and still know zero people who have/are tandemning. But I'm glad I did, and will again... even though it hasn't been easy.

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My DS (2.5yo) is still nursing once a day, for varying amounts of time. I tried to cut him off altogether a couple weeks ago because I got so dehydrated that I ended up in the ER. I was very concerned, since I couldn't keep anything down for so long, that nursing him was just putting me over the edge as far as staying hydrated. Thanks to my local LLL leaders, I knew that I didn't need to worry about the baby as it would take whatever nutrients it needed first, but then nursing comes second and I come last. Not normally a concern for me, but when it comes to not being able to keep anything down at all for days and landing in the hospital, you have to worry about how your health could be affecting the baby. Plus I can't take care of my two children if I'm lying in a hospital bed.

Anyhow, I said I *tried* cutting him off. After 3 days I couldn't take it any more. The poor little guy was SO heartbroken! I still say no at naptime (we snuggle instead), but I'll nurse him before bed if he asks...and he always does. He says "can I ah-rah (his word for nursing/milk/boobs - I don't know where it came from!) a big one or just a lil' bit?" How can I say no to that?

A couple times he has popped off pretty quickly and one time he said "milk all gone," but I think he's still getting some. I'm just really hoping he weans soon. I can already tell that having a new baby is going to be very hard on him, harder than it was for DD; I don't want to add having to share his "ah-rah" to the list. Plus, I have absolutely NO desire to tandem!
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Well, I am shocked that DD actually went about 9 hours last night before asking to nurse. And then she slept for another 3.5 hours! So, I am not as horribly exhausted this morning as I am most mornings Now lets see if this was a coincidence, or a new trend

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My DS (25 months) is still going strong. I swear he'd nurse all night if I let him. I am fortunate to be able to sleep through it but lately find my nipples getting more sore. I do let him nurse to nap and sleep at night and then whenever he wants during the night (about 3 times) but I have now started breaking him off after he's fully back to sleep. I do plan on tandem nursing (never though I would but hey!). I wonder when milk supply does drop? I don't think mine really has...I'm 12 weeks now.
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Rowan wants to nurse all night long too. Before getting pregnant I could sleep through it, now it hurts too badly and I wake up every time. I think we're going to try night-weaning him this weekend. He isn't going to like it though.

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My supply is definitely down. I hardly pump 3 oz. total from 2 sessions at work. I had couple of sleeples nights when my 15 mo. old DS would nurse whole night and kept switching from side to side. Now I supplement a bottle of cows milk at 3 AM, he would not accept water and then he wants a bottle at 6AM. We relied so heavily on brestfeeding that now we are lerning that he really did not eat too much solids. I am actually wondering what to feed him with. We do not want to overdo on cow's milk (we do raw milk from farm). I am not big fan of grains, but my DS loves oatmeal. I want him to eat veggies and meats but he does only snack amounts of them. So milk, cheese, and oatmeal are now his favorite foods...
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So we moved ds2 (17 months) into ds1's room in the same bed actually) and he slept 5 1/2 hours straight last night in there! Wooo hooo! Now if he'd do that every night I'd be one happy mama. Less night nursing is definitely nice.

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DD (15 months) is still going strong. Some days she'll nurse constantly, but others it seems like she'd be happy going all day with no milk I'm definitely not ready for her to wean, and went into the pregnancy fully intending to tandem, so I think that the next few months will involve a lot of encouragement on my part to nurse without milk (which is pretty much how I feel now ~ there seems to be hardly any most of the time). She does still nurse constantly at night and I have no intentions of night weaning, only because I don't want her to wean altogether :P

I'm planning on getting some more More Milk Two (had some but ran out) to try to get my supply back up at least a little bit...I also have "Adventures in Tandem Nursing" but haven't gotten around to reading it yet!

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I am now 13 weeks. My 17 month old is still nursing at bedtime, night-time, and at morning. I do hear some swollowing still so there is something there, but he always asks for a bottle of milk (rice) or water as soon as he is done nursing, so there is not much. On nights and weekends when he is with his bio-dad I am not getting so full that I need to pump or express any milk
My breasts were only vaguely tender in the first tri but they are now super ouchy. It is impossible to sleep thru the nighttime nursings.

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Hello! I'm actually in the June DDC, but at the very end and expecting to deliver in July, so i thought I'd pop over here. I'm 15 weeks now and still nursing my 4 year old son. He really only nurses to bed at night, and every once in a while he'll ask during the day but then it's only for a few seconds. He realized a few weeks ago that I have no milk and he was very upset. I wasn't making much before getting pregnant, I could only express a few drops, but i guess it was enough for him. After being really angry about it for a few hours he decided he'd make due until the milk comes in again, lol.

So far his nursing hasn't been painful or uncomfortable...when does that start? Or do some not get that? I'm really wondering how tandem nursing is going to go. I wonder if he'll be shocked by all the milk? I'm kind of worried that once I have a tiny nursing baby he'll look huge and wrong to me. I know he's four and most would say that's long enough, but i know that he still really needs nursing and I'm worried about how this pregnancy/new baby will affect our nursing relationship...

Genie, mama to T (4/02), I (10/04) and T (7/09)
 
 
 

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