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Well after a crazy week last week with a few false positive pregnancy test it has really given me baby fever. I am currently nursing my almost 5 month baby boy (who is baby number 4) and I just started my period today..yuck. I have a few questions about being pregnant and breastfeeding. If I were to get pregnant this next month and baby would be around 6 months old would I still be able to bf till he was one? Is that too hard on a woman's body? I am just thinking of how exhausted I feel in the first trimester and I have never nursed and baby while one is baking inside, sounds like a lot of work for a mama. But I am totally open to it. Also I have heard many babies wean once you get pregnant because it changes your milk. Anyone experience nursing and pregnancy at the same time? How did it go? I also am a thin person and while nursing I have always held onto an extra 10 lbs will I be stuck with this weight on top of another pregnancy weight? I do want to be able to get back down to my pre pregnancy weight again. I would love to hear anyone's experiences with being pregnant and breast feeding a young baby.
Hey there, glad to see you made it over here...this board is more active than the ttc while bfing board so i thought you might have more luck getting answers over here. Again, good luck ttc and i look forward to getting to know you!
I think a good rule is, if you aren't ready for your baby to wean or your baby isn't ready to wean, it may not be a good time to get pregnant.
You can't really predict how your body will react to the pregnancy and every woman is different. Some woman are able to nurse throughout the pregnancy, but others lose thier supply completely, which is common. With such a young baby, you would have be prepared to supplement in case your supply does decrease, so that's something you would have to be okay with. Many babies wean during pregnancy, which could be a change in the taste of your milk, a decrease in supply, or is encouraged by the mother because of discomfort or soreness.
It won't be too hard on your body, it can be done, but you will have to take in extra calories from the start, for your milk supply and to keep healthy during the pregnancy. Chances are, nursing a 5 month old will take more out of you physically, since your body is producing milk and a baby, so you may notice your are more tired than the usual pregnancy fatigue. I'm unsure about the weight, but that is something that would probably vary from woman to woman.
My experience has been good, but tough. I started to get sore very early on and it's something that hasn't let up. I also noticed a lot of aggitation while nursing her, which is a little hard to describe, but it made it difficult to sit there and let her nurse. She was 20 months when I got pregnant, so she was down to nursing about 3 times a day. It didn't take any extra out of me to continue nursing her, since it was so little anyway. I noticed that my supply was decreasing early on too, and I could tell it was slowly dwindling. I am sure it was gone by about 16-18 weeks along, and she showed a lot less interest in nursing at that point, even for comfort. I thought she was going to wean, because there were some days she asked to nurse once, if at all. My colostrum came in about a month ago and her nursing has picked up. I'm sure she's not getting enough to fill her belly, by any means, but it's increased her interest in nursing again. At this point, I don't expect her to wean and am looking forward to tandem nursing. It's definitely been tougher than I expected, but I've felt that letting her wean herself is the best route to take for us, and I'm glad that I did.
I've been reading the book "Adventures in Tandem Nursing" and I would highly reccomend it to any nursing mom who is thinking about getting pregnant. It has gone over all the of the possible scenarios and helped explain why your body goes through the changes it does while pregnant.
Andrea, mom to Abigail (6) Annabelle (4) and Alexis (1)