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I just found out that we are expecting baby #4......which makes sense. Nursing Angelo has been like nails on a chalkboard the last couple of weeks. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="innocent"><br><br>
What can I do to make it more comfortable? He is nursing ALOT too! Do you think the amount of milk has changed? I am only about 6 weeks of so along. I figured that it was hormonal but did not realize I was pregnant.<br><br>
Any suggestions would be great. I will not stop nursing until he weans himself, but I am not excited about nursing right now <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/bag.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Bag">:<br><br>
What can I do? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad">
 

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Congrats!!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"> It's very likely that your milk supply is drying up. Some kids nurse right through it, others do not. Dd weaned herself when I was about 4 months with ds. A friend of mine is pregnant now and has next to no milk and her dd is insistant on nursing. I guess you have to decide what you can handle. I could be wrong, but it's not likely that your milk supply will increase until you are near the end of your pregnancy.<br><br>
I am sure there are other mamas who might have some ideas though.<br>
Good luck!!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Congrats!!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"> It's very likely that your milk supply is drying up. Some kids nurse right through it, others do not. Dd weaned herself when I was about 4 months with ds. A friend of mine is pregnant now and has next to no milk and her dd is insistant on nursing. I guess you have to decide what you can handle. I could be wrong, but it's not likely that your milk supply will increase until you are near the end of your pregnancy.<br><br>
I am sure there are other mamas who might have some ideas though.<br>
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Thank you. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
It feels like the jugs are still full. It's like my nipples don't like nursing though. Maybe it tastes different. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shrug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shrug">
 

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You could just be really sensitive right now. Can you express any milk?? Oh, the taste does change too. Some kids like it and some don't. Only time will tell what will happen. If it's any comfort, I don't think that any kids who wean during a pregnancy would do if they weren't ready for it. If they aren't, they'll just push on through. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br><br>
You might want to pm nursingnaturalmom She going through the same stuff with #4 as well. She's also a La Leche League leader. If for nothing else, I bet you guys could certainly use each other for support!!
 

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Hello!<br>
I am 6 weeks pregnant and experiencing som enipple soreness as well. I do think it is both hormones and also a drop in supply becasue my dd is eating solids - she was not eating them until like a week ago. I have been using Lansinoh when the pain is bad but it doesn't seem to really help. I have also been trying to just relax while she nurses and just breathe through the pain. Hang in there! I would write more but the birthday girl just woke up and wants Mama!
 

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My milk didn't dry up until 6 mos pregnant, but my nipples were SUPER sore during the first trimester of pregnancy even though I had plenty of milk at that point. My milk did dry up, and dd threatened to wean, but we persisted, and she's still nursing now (one year of tandem nursing under the belt now!) and she's almost three. I also had severe nursing aversion in the first trimester, and then right after baby was born - only when dd nursed. I mainly just tried to distract myself while she was nursing for the first trimester, she was 1 yo when I fell pg again.<br><br>
hth<br><br>
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Thank you mamas for the input.<br><br>
This is my first time nursing and being pregnant. I thought the other two self weaned, but looking back it may have been nursing strikes. I just never really offered again <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"><br><br>
So this is all new to me. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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I am nursing and 18 weeks pregnant. My milk has recently dried up. I recommend the book Adventures in Tandem Nursing by Hilary Flower.<br><br>
At first, nursing really gave me an irritating creepy feeling. Now it sometimes hurts, and sometimes doesn't.<br><br>
Good luck.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I am nursing and 18 weeks pregnant. My milk has recently dried up. I recommend the book Adventures in Tandem Nursing by Hilary Flower.<br><br>
At first, nursing really gave me an irritating creepy feeling. Now it sometimes hurts, and sometimes doesn't.<br><br>
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Thank you for the book recommendation. I will have to check that out. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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It really helped me. It has a lot of stories from moms who've been there- some good, some bad, but I found i very nice to feel not so alone when things get rough or whatnot.
 

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I nursed DS all through my pregnancy with DD, and I can tell you that for me, staying hydrated made a big difference with nipple soreness, and is good for you anyway. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I had to start limiting the length of nursing sessions with my son when I was pg; I just couldn't stand to go for very long! I gradually cut them back. I won't lie, the nipple pain and the nails-on-the-chalkboard feeling were pretty bad at times, but it was never bad for long and then there would be periods of time where I was fine. We ended up tandem nursing for 10 months along with his sister and he just recently weaned. And I second the recommendation for "Adventures in Tandem Nursing," it's a great book!
 

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I just wanted to add my recommendation for "Adventures" as well, great book.<br><br>
My son was my pregnancy test, honestly, he kept making "icky" faces and was very frustrated with my milk, right about 5 weeks pg. I thought it was supply but it became quite evident really quickly that it was the taste. My milk didn't actually reduce until much later, maybe 4 months. We'd been dry for a while, but I got my colostrum in a few weeks ago (I'm almost 30 weeks) and he's starting to do more than comfort sip and nuzzle me. We hope to be tandem nursing in May. The pain and the crawling the walls feeling in the beginning is all very normal, though that wasn't really comforting to know for me...I just wanted to feel good about nursing.<br><br>
Congrats to you and good luck in what truly is a nursing adventure!
 

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I'm about 6 weeks prgnant and nursing also. The nipple pain was very bad the week before I found out. I've had recurrent thrush problems so I rinsed with vinegar and went bra-less just in case. Pain eased off a bit, but that happened at the same time the queasiness started so maybe my hormones just switched jobs. My DD is 3years 4 months so I'm just shortening nursing sessions as much as I need to. I keep remknding myself that many kids wean by 4, so I can encourage her to cut back, and see if she's ready . If not, I'll tandem nurse a 4 year old with a newborn. What a size difference!
 

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Weird thing is....Angelo seems unphased except he is nursing alot. But he has always nursed alot compared to my other two.<br><br>
It is me <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="innocent"> I have really been working through my attitude and allowing myself the luxery of a nap if needed so that I do not get frustrated nursing at night (he nurses about 6 times a night....always has) I was starting to get irritated because it felt creepy. Now that I know why, I am being more patient. This will be a big change for him as well. I need to be considerate of that. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/bag.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Bag">:<br><br>
Last night went 100% better......just having a different mindset.<br><br>
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I think this can vary so much from person to person. I am 29 weeks preg. and my nipples are still sore. I thought my milk would drop pretty fast, but it just now has dropped. I have a few friends that are also preg. and their milk dropped and dried up anywhere from 5 weeks - 12 weeks. Some of them are getting their milk back now, after 30 weeks.<br><br>
My breasts are so sensitive it drives me nuts, nursing. My ds likes to twiddle and touch them, and I just can't stand it. I actually cut out a few nursing sessions because I was getting such a bad feeling from it. My son is 26 months, and seemed okay with me dropping the sessions. It was hard, but I had to tell my self nursing was a two way relationship, and if was affecting me negatively, that wasn't good for either one of us.<br><br>
Wish you the best, though. :)
 

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Angela...you can always give me a call to talk about this <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> I have a few tips for soreness and a few more for stress relief. Obviously I haven't tandem nursed yet, but after 2 years of nursing and the IBCLC testing...I've picked up some good ideas <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1">
 

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Man...I remember the nipple pain....oh man...it was hard!!!<br><br>
My ds was unphased throughout the whole pregnancy and never said anything about my milk going away at around 4 months. I kept checking in the shower on my supply, and at 4 months it was gone....no complaints though from ds. THen in my 6 month, my colostrum came in, and he never commented...but I heard him swallowing. He ended up weaning in my 8th month.<br><br>
Good luck in your pregnancy!
 

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I'm almost 27 weeks pregnant and dd (15 months) is still nursing. Even though my milk supply is still up, my nipples are pretty sore. I've found that frequent use of Lansinoh and staying hydrated have really helped keep it on the tolerable side of pain. I also started wearing a hemp choker necklace with large colorful beads woven into it to give dd something more attractive than my breasts to fiddle with while she's nursing. I find the twiddling and playing with my breasts more "nails on chalkboard" than the nursing itself for some reason! That necklace has saved my sanity, especially for night nursing.
 

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Congratulations!!<br><br>
I just wanted to pop in with my experience (so far). When I was about as far along as you are, my DD's latch got seriously sloppy. I thought it was pregnancy hormones causing the pain, until I noticed the cracks and blisters on my nipples! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/scared.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="scared"> We've worked on it since and although I still have some pain, it is not nearly as excruciating as it was.<br><br>
I am 18 weeks or so and haven't noticed a drop in supply.<br><br>
I hope things get better for you soon! I'll third Adventures in Tandem Nursing - it's WONDERFUL! It's supportive without sugarcoating the truth about how hard it can be to continue nursing through pregnancy and after the birth of a new baby.
 
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