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I weaned my DD when she was 13 mos in order to get my cycle back so I could get pregnant again. She was not happy about it. She would pinch, pat, and hug my breasts all the time, and ask for "bub" over and over. I thought she would get over it, but she never did. I got my cycle and got pregnant right away (within a month and a half). A couple months later, when she was still asking incessantly for bub, I decided to try and let her nurse, even though my milk was gone. I hurt, but it made her so happy I let her do it a few times a day for a few minutes each side. Thus began my career in tandem nursing.<br><br>
All has been going pretty well, and it even hurt less over time. But over the past few days, I've noticed that 22mo DD is getting colostrum from me -- quite a bit of it, actually. She LOVES it! She calls it "chocolate milk" or "milky milk" and it makes her so happy. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"> At the same time, I've started getting contractions when she nurses. And sometimes even after she's done. They don't hurt that much, but are very noticeable as my belly gets hard. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/uhoh3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Uhoh"><br><br>
I was worried about preterm labor due to these contractions, because the only times I've had contractions like these in my two prior pregs was when I got dehydrated and actually went into early labor. (I don't tend to get BH contrax or anything.) But after doing some research, I'm feeling better about it. I'm just keeping an eye on the contractions and staying extra hydrated. I'm hoping I won't end up having to stop nursing DD.<br><br>
Anyone else experiencing this sort of stuff? I'd love to hear about it.
 

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According to my midwife these sorts of contractions are very normal and not a problem, I get them too. If the contractions are bugging me she tells me to get a glass of red wine and it always calms everything down. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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You get the same kind of contractions from having an orgasm as well if that helps. I wouldn't stop having sex so it's ok to keep nursig kwim? I am still not sure if I've<br>
got colostrum or not but my boy is not taking no for ananswer. He doesn't really talk so I can't ask him. Nursing while<br>
pregnant is the hardest thing I've done for him. It's incredibly painful, really gross feeling and tea, does seem to trigger more bh. I'm just trying to push through it because it's so important to mine and I'm looking forward to nursing 2 at once.<br><span style="font-size:xx-small;"><i>Posted via Mobile Device</i></span>
 

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I am still nursing my 25 month old. I still have milk, but have been experiencing contractions when he nurses, especially during the day. To me, they seem slightly stronger than BH.<br><br>
I'm not worried about it though. if I remember right, Adventures in Tandem Nursing said it was no big deal.<br><br>
I went to 42 weeks with DS, in a way early labor would be great! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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I'm nursing my 25 month old still, and my BH are quite...intense sometimes. They aren't very often, def more while he is nursing. I wouldn't worry about it! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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It sounds like everything is normal and you are fine continuing nursing. I nursed my first pretty much through my whole second pregnancy with no ill effects. And it was really nice to have her nurse when labor slowed down because it gave me that extra boost to pick up labor again. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1">
 

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Thanks for your reassurances. The only reason I was a bit worried is since I have had some preterm labor issues in the past, although I made it to full term with both pregs (38 and 37 weeks respectively). Assuming that I don't go into serious preterm labor, I will continue to nurse thru pregnancy.<br><br>
I feel your pain, Dahlea -- I've definitely had the pain and grossed-out feelings at times. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/hug2.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Hug2"> It's worth it!<br><br>
I'll be interested to check back with the other tandem nursing mamas after we all give birth, and see how it's going! In the meantime, feel free to keep posting your experiences. It helps to know I'm not alone.
 

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I'm still nursing my DD, although I did cut her down to once a day in the morning. I seem to have plenty of milk for her all of a sudden again, so that is much more comfortable than the dry nursing was. I usually have her stop if it gets too painful or if I start contracting a lot.<br><br>
I've decided to go ahead and tandem if she is still wanting to nurse in the morning when the baby is here. I think I will keep her to the once a day though for my own sanity. It's nice to have some boundaries around it as she gets older. Before I cut her down to certain times a day, she would pull at my shirt or get whiny about wanting to nurse. It's much easier now that she knows when she can nurse and when it's not available and is to the point where she has accepted that and stopped asking other times of the day.
 

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My colostrum has come in too, and DD thinks it is the best thing ever! She now wants nursies morning, noon, and night. It is better than the dry nursing (ow!) but still hurts a bit more than when I'm not pregnant. I notice that sometimes it triggers contractions, but they are pretty painless and more an all over tight feeling than a crampy, labor pain feeling. I'm not too worried although I do notice that with the increased nursing (and the "milk" production) I get dehydrated quickly so I really have to watch my water intake.
 
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