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Ive noticed in some of your signatures that there are several girls who are pregnant and nursing.
First off congrats! I'm also pregnant and nursing and its so uncomfortable! My nipples are super sensitive and ugh, it just isn't like it used to be. I feel like my milk is drying up. Carson has been sick lately and wanting to nurse more and he doesn't seem to be getting much of anything except at night. I really really want to continue nursing. I found out on Friday that he will be having his next open heart surgery within 6 months and I want to be able to give him the comfort of nursing. I'm just afraid thar by then he wont want to nurse or I wont have any more milk...
How is nursing going for you ladies? Do you plan to tandum nurse? Any advice?
I ate steel cut oats for breakfast and am going to pick up more mothers milk tea today. Finugreek doesn't do much for me and its not worth smelling like syrup lol.
Luckily my nipple soreness has gone away already and was short lived. I seem to have less milk but I am working on getting him down to 2x a day plus night time. He still nurses more than he eats during the day and every 2-3 hours at night. I don't want to be doing all that when I have the new baby! Have you checked out the breastfeeding forum on JM? They have recipes for things that can help, like cookies!! Mm cookies sound good lol.
I do know of the recipes and have tried several. At first with Carson I had to exclusively pump and had a hard time building my supply so I tried everything at that point. To be honest I was ready for him to wean. We didnt think his next surgery would be for at least a year or two, but now that surgery is looming I really want him to be able to nurse through it. The only thing that I have found that really makes a difference is steel cut oats, so I got some and ate it for breakfast. Hopefully it will help.
I nursed my oldest son while pregnant with my first daughter. Around 6 months, it became IMPOSSIBLE. I even tried a nipple shield. Thankfully he was over a year at that point, so we just stopped nursing and then after my daughter was born we gave my oldest son breast milk in a sippy cup (he didn't want to resume nursing). I hope you can find a solution that works for you <3 <3 <3
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I'm still nursing my almost 17 month old. The beginning was rough because I was sore, but now i'm not so bad. He's only nursing 2-3 times a day (usually only before nap and bedtime). I'm not sure about tandem nursing, however, I'm just thinking at this point, I'll let him wean when he's ready.
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I am nursing my son and honestly I HATE it right now. I literally have almost no milk, DS gets frustrated and just pops off. I have had a let down in weeks and its so painful to nurse. He has been weaning down on his number of feedings on his own (though he is reluctant!) so I am hoping he will just stop on his own if I can suffer through rather than forcing weaning. I have no interest in tandem nursing (had supply issues with DS and I would rather Alice get a healthy long nursing relationship that to chance it to let DS continue nursing- maybe that sounds horrible but he has been nursing for 20 months now lol). I am not pushing weaning because he seems to be having a harder time witht he changes happening, I dont want to put his little system into overload with all the change.
I have 3 children I tandem nursed with each new child. I found that my milk supply during pg went up and down depending on where I was at. And each time right before birth the toddler would be down to minimal feelings. But after new baby showed up their interest renewed and they wanted to nurse again. Especially when my milk came in. What a blessing to have an extra one to help for relief from engorged breasts!! My first daughter stopped on her own when baby was 2-3 months old. My second dd kept going for about a year along side her brother. For her it was especially important as she had several health issues. I actually had two different specialists tell me that without being breast fed for so long her health would have been way worse!!
Good luck in what ever you choose to do. Is there a local La Leche group for you to meet with? They are so helpful with these issues. Best of luck with the surgery.
Also want to add that even a child who has weaned may want to nurse when the baby comes! My oldest was 4 when my third was born. She had not nursed in almost two years and she asked to nurse. I let her try. She nursed for a brief minute and ever asked again. Lol. I think she just wanted to know that she could.
I'm still nursing my 17 month old. It's generally just on one side, which has a little something, but not much. She's down to 1-2 feedings a day, depending on if I put her down at might or if hubby does. If I'm not around she doesnt care but if I'm putting her down all heck will break lose if I don't. At least the pain has subsided. I have no interest in tandem nursing but she just loves the comfort so much. Who knows, maybe when I'm full of milk and she can't just suck without getting something she may not like it as much. Oh who am I kidding?!
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