Anyone Nursing still?

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Anyone Nursing still?

For those BTDT moms. Is anyone else still nursing their LO? Or did during a previous pregnancy?

I know there are at least 2 of you out there but maybe even more. Just curious to see because I'm sure it would be great to have others to talk with that are BFing during pregnancy. This is all new territory for me and I feel like there isn't a lot of info out there.

My 9 month old is a nursing addict so I'm in it for the long haul but am worried how things will be changing in the next few months. I don't have any plan on weaning and it will break my heart to see him wean do to supply issues if he isn't ready.

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I am - DS is coming up to 16 months. At the moment he's only nursing first thing in the morning and at bedtime. I go back to work - and he goes to daycare - in two weeks though, so the morning session will be stopping then. Sad I hope to keep it up at bedtime for a while yet, hopefully until HE decides he is done.

That being said, it's getting pretty darn SORE when he's nursing right now - my nipples feel like they are on fire when he latches on! And in the mornings, I feel pretty gross these days, so it's a bit of a struggle .

we'll see how long I can keep it up!

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I am also nursing, my DS is 15 months. He was only nursing at naptime & bedtime but then got really sick (Roseola) and is back to nursing more often. I am trying to get him back to naptime & bedtime, we will see how it goes. My nipples are also so sore right now, I literally wince in pain when he latches, but I've heard that passes after the first tri.
As for the info out there on it, I read a lot of stuff & talked to my doc about it, I was a little worried that the growing baby wouldn't get what it needs. But, all the recent data & my doc says it is fine to nurse throughout pregnancy...she did recommend a few extra vitamins (calcium supp, an omega 3 of some type & extra iron) but encouraged me to keep going as long as we want.

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I am too - my little one is almost 11 months. I was just wondering about this myself and am unsure how long we'll keep going. He doesn't seem to be ready to stop, so as long as we are all doing okay, I think we'll continue! He nurses usually first thing in the morning, naptime, and bedtime, and drinks pumped milk out of a sippy around lunchtime now. He's started waking up at 4:30am :-? wanting to nurse lately, too and I'm trying to get him to give that one up since I am SO tired!

I can't remember from DS1 - when did everyone give whole milk? Should I start mixing it with his pumped milk in the next month or so?

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I am too. But only at bedtime, overnight and then occasionally for naps. I'll go with this until she's at least 1, but she's seeming to lose interest in even those sessions now. I'm really okay with that because I'm starting to feel more sick with the new pregnancy and I feel like I'd like to have a break from having a kid attached to my boob for a bit before the new one gets here. I won't force her to stop though.

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"mom on the run" wrote:

I can't remember from DS1 - when did everyone give whole milk? Should I start mixing it with his pumped milk in the next month or so?

I think the whole milk thing is pretty much up to you if you want to try to introduce it, or transition. My pediatrician said for us to not do whole milk until she's at least one, which is only about a month and a half away :eek:. I'll probably start giving a little whole milk here in the next month or so.

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I'm so glad I'm not alone. DS2 is still nursing 5-6 times a day and recently once at night. Weaning for us is still a long way off. Luckily I haven't been too sore with all the nursing he is still doing. Fingers crossed it stays that way.

"mom on the run" wrote:

He's started waking up at 4:30am :-? wanting to nurse lately, too and I'm trying to get him to give that one up since I am SO tired!

My LO just started waking up (all this week) at 2:00am and I was starting to get worried it was a supply issue even though it seems like I have as much milk as ever. I'd hate to have him waking a lot at night all of a sudden just so get the extra milk.

I think the whole milk thing is really just what you are comfortable with. I've known others that start mixing it like you mentioned during 11 months.

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DS still doesn't really drink whole milk. I've been putting some in a sippy cup for him since he was about 13 months, but he just isn't interested. I'm hoping that once he's no longer nursing in the mornings, that he will start to take some milk then, but I'm not holding my breath! He gets yogurt and cheese throughout the day instead.

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Lurking, I haven't officialy tested for this month yet, but I did nurse my first ds while pg with my second. I had to wean immediately at 20 weeks pg due to pg complications, but my mfm was not concerned with my breastfeeding until pg complications started. If I am this time, I won't be since ds 2 weaned himself last month.

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I nursed my first through the pregnancy with my second too, and ended up tandem nursing for several months. DD weaned (with some help) when she turned three, so I've had about 6 months of no nursing.

For those of you who have little ones (under a year), I'd watch their output, and see how satisfied they are after feedings. The supply drops drastically in the second trimester, and it might not be enough to keep up with their demand.

The rule of thumb I've heard is that if you're on pelvic rest (i.e. no sex, orgasms), you don't want to be nursing, because the nursing releases oxytocin, which causes uterine contractions. If you're a low-risk pregnancy, it's not a big deal. [disclaimer: of course, I'm no doctor!!!]

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Good info Kristin! I've been hearing from other moms too about the second trimester drop. Seems like it ranges in ladies starting from 12 weeks and some go to almost 20 weeks before they notice a drop. My LO has started eating solids like a mad man so I hope that that will help balance the decrease in milk when it hits.

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FYI--Another thing that's pretty common is nursing aversion--the feeling like you don't want to be nursing or it hurts. People describe it as wanting to jump out of their skin. So don't blame yourself if you feel that way...it's not you, it's biology!

I definitely had nursing aversion when I was pregnant...it hurt after about week 7 and didn't get better.