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I am 36 weeks pregnant. My DD is 2.5 years old. She has cut down to nursing dramatically. She was down to naptime, bedtime and mornings. Now she is constantly asking to nurse. I do not decline her, but have asked her to wait a couple of times today. I don't know if its because my colostrum has come in or maybe she is sensing the baby is coming soon and wants to hold on me more? I'm just curious. I don't mind the nursing at all. Just trying to take a peek into toddler nursing behavior.
 

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I'm 25 weeks along, and my colostrum just came in last week. Since then, dd has been wanting to nurse like mad. Before, she was down to 2-3 times a day. I think it's the colostrum.
 

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My ds has also started nursing more frequently again recently, and I am attributing it in part (or even fully) to colostrum coming in. I couldn't express anything for awhile there (though ds said there was still milk...) and now I can.
 

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It is probably a little bit of both. I know that when Esther was born & my milk came in, Linda acted like she'd won the breastmilk lottery. Even now, almost a year & a half later, she wants to nurse just as often as her sister does. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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now, just wait for those nice newborn breastfed poops and blowouts in your toddlers! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">now, just wait for those nice newborn breastfed poops and blowouts in your toddlers! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"></div>
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Wow, didn't think of that. But so far, we haven't had one. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">now, just wait for those nice newborn breastfed poops and blowouts in your toddlers! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"></div>
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OMG I was just about to post a thread about this. My colostrum came in about two weeks ago and ever since, she has had loooooose stools and a horrible rash from them.<br><br>
Any suggestions on how to firm it up a bit?
 

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My DS actually weaned himself when I was pregnant b/c it tasted different. I have read that it's natural for toddler BFers to wean &/or notice the difference.<br>
Question on this - a friend of mine got pregnant unexpectedly <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"> when her son was 8 months old, OB told her that she should wean him b/c bfing could cause early labor. I thought this was TOTALLY untrue. She did have to go invitro w/ the first & had a rough birth, had an emer. C-section (her bladder detatched), so maybe that's why? I didn't want to question her b/c she's SO happy to be pregnant after all the waiting to get pregnant the first time & she took it ok that she would have to wean him. I just never heard that from my ped or OB.<br>
Anyone else get this opinion?
 

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My ds weaned down to only nursing 2X per day during my pregnancy, then returned to nursing like a newborn when my milk came in and his brother was born. Seems pretty normal.<br>
Oh, and they're so right about those breastmilk poops! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">My DS actually weaned himself when I was pregnant b/c it tasted different. I have read that it's natural for toddler BFers to wean &/or notice the difference.<br>
Question on this - a friend of mine got pregnant unexpectedly <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"> when her son was 8 months old, OB told her that she should wean him b/c bfing could cause early labor. I thought this was TOTALLY untrue. She did have to go invitro w/ the first & had a rough birth, had an emer. C-section (her bladder detatched), so maybe that's why? I didn't want to question her b/c she's SO happy to be pregnant after all the waiting to get pregnant the first time & she took it ok that she would have to wean him. I just never heard that from my ped or OB.<br>
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Yes, I heard this from one of the ob's in the practice I was using for prenatal care. I did my own research, and decided that there was no conclusive evidence that this is true, and that for me, the benefits of continuing to nurse outweighed any risks. In fact, in my case, DD stayed in longer than DS...she was born at 39 weeks and him at 37 weeks. If your friend is interested, the book <span style="text-decoration:underline;">Adventures in Tandem Nursing</span> by Hilary Flower talks extensively about this, and <a href="http://http//www.kellymom.com/bf/tandem/index.html" target="_blank">Kellymom</a> also discusses some of the risks and benefits of nursing while pg.<br><br>
My son would ask to nurse a bit more towards the end too. I think for him it was a combination of sensing that change was coming, so this was his way of coping, and that he was getting a bit more again. I also well remember those runnier poops when my colostrum came back around the beginning of my third trimester. To try and firm up the poops, maybe see if you can get your child to eat more firming foods like bananas?
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">My DS actually weaned himself when I was pregnant b/c it tasted different. I have read that it's natural for toddler BFers to wean &/or notice the difference.<br>
Question on this - a friend of mine got pregnant unexpectedly <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"> when her son was 8 months old, OB told her that she should wean him b/c bfing could cause early labor. I thought this was TOTALLY untrue. She did have to go invitro w/ the first & had a rough birth, had an emer. C-section (her bladder detatched), so maybe that's why? I didn't want to question her b/c she's SO happy to be pregnant after all the waiting to get pregnant the first time & she took it ok that she would have to wean him. I just never heard that from my ped or OB.<br>
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Is it because nursing releases oxytocin? The hormone is involved in starting contractions and softening the cervix, I believe. hmmm... Well, I nursed through pregnancy and went past my due date. (I even nursed during labor... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Yes, nursing stimulates the production of oxytocin. The problem with the "nursing causes miscarriage/premature labor" theory is that the uterus isn't receptive to oxytocin during early pregnancy, and there is some good evidence that continued exposure actually desensitizes the uterus. Just anecdotally, most of the nursing-through-pregnancy mamas here on MDC have gone to or past their due dates, as opposed to delivering early (I have actually done both).<br><br>
It's something many doctors accept and repeat as gospel, absence all evidence to the contrary. It's probably a pretty old theory, and it's been documented with other treatment issues that doctors (especially those in private practice) tend not to be terribly up-to-date. The episiotomy rate of physicians in private practice, for instance, is something like 76%, compared to 12% for those in large, especially teaching, hospitals. And it runs far beyond issues of prenatal care/childbirth, but that's a whole other topic. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Is it because nursing releases oxytocin? The hormone is involved in starting contractions and softening the cervix, I believe. hmmm... Well, I nursed through pregnancy and went past my due date. (I even nursed during labor... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"></div>
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For moms who have had preterm labor it can be risky. But I've delivered at 33 and 34 wks (and 36 twice) after having labor stopped, and my midwife still says a "wait and see" attitude is fine. I'm 22 wks now and I get kind of crampy sometimes with nursing. If I cramp, Luke stopsand we try again later.<br><br>
We may have to wean at some point, but hopefully not. I think if you are having real preterm labor, the risks of delivering a preemie are greater than the risks of giving your baby formula or cow's milk.
 
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