Breastfeeding and Pregnancy

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MysticalMama's picture
Joined: 10/23/11
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Breastfeeding and Pregnancy

Hi everyone! My daughter is just about ten months old, and was exclusively breastfed until she was 7 months. Now she gets about two small jars of baby food every day, plus small bits of soft fruits for snacks. She still nurses a lot though, still has a middle-of-the-night feeding and nurses every three to four hours throughout the day. She doesn't have any teeth yet, which is why we haven't started her on more solid food.

I just found out that I'm pregnant again, and my doc doesn't want to see me 'til eight weeks. Is there anything special I should be doing to keep both children healthy and happy? I'm doing alright with morning sickness for now; I'm able to take my prenatals (as I've been doing all through breastfeeding) and eat a good balanced diet. Is there anything else I should be doing to ensure adequate nutrition? Do I need to wean at some point? Should I start supplementing with formula in case my LO is not getting enough?

Nell4Him's picture
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I've never had the opportunity to nurse while pregnant, but from what I've read there is NO need to stop unless you want to. It doesn't increase your risk of miscarriage but if you have a history of miscarriage than you might choose to wean and that's okay. I have read of the nursling spontaneously self weaning because of a change of flavor in the milk, but this seems to be a rare occurring. I just didn't want you to be shocked if it does happen to you. You may also go through a period of pain because of tender breasts and sensitive nipples (this happened to a friend of mine and she chose to wean because of it), but if you can tolerate it, then go for it!

Congrats on your new pregnancy! Yahoo

ErikaArcher's picture
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Adventures in Tandem Nursing would be a good book for you. My 1st was 9months when I was pregnant again. I knew I could keep nursing and did so. At 20 weeks we found out it was twins. My daughter nursed without problems and weaned when she was 17months. (and then resumed later) We never needed formula and my daughter refused dairy. The book has the stats in it. There is no clinical reason to wean just because you are pregnant. Some doc believe pre term labor is a risk - the reality is nipple stimulation isn't going to send your body into labor unless all the other hormones and readiness is there. It better to keep nursing and see where it takes you. Some moms have nipple pain or emotional irritation that you need to realize and work through. Some babies self wean bc they don't like the changes in the milk taste. Some moms ( a small percent) will stop producing enough milk. But at 10/11 months you'll be able to consider dairy and not use formula. (read up opnt he Canadien guidelines they offer dairy prior to 12 months. If your daughter is already 10 months - you'll probably make a year (or pretty close) without much change. I didn't notice any changes until I was about 27 weeks, that's when I started have soreness and the "momma bear" irritability. Post on the toddler board as well, many moms there have nursed PG or tandem nursed

MysticalMama's picture
Joined: 10/23/11
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Thank you both for your help! I've been surfing around a bit, and I see that caloric needs do stack (500 a day for the nursling + 300 more for the pregnancy); so I guess I'll stop feeling bad about how ravenously hungry I've been :D. I'm hoping to go at least 12 months with my LO, so here's hoping that nursing in pregnancy will work out for me!

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I nursed through the first 4 months of my last pregnancy. Definitely eat as much as you feel like you need to eat, I found it difficult to eat (lots of food aversions to almost everything) which may have contributed to my supply drying up. I also had the nipple pain, since my son was already over a year old I didn't encourage nursing and finally I couldn't take it anymore and weaned him fairly easily in March. He wasn't getting any milk at that point, I actually think that helped him wean so easily.
Your body will put the baby's needs first, then your breastmilk, then you. So make sure you are getting lots of healthy foods! I've had preterm labor in all of my pregnancies, oddly enough I didn't start getting braxton hicks until I weaned him, so I don't think nursing will cause a miscarriage in a healthy pregnancy.

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"mandi04" wrote:

I nursed through the first 4 months of my last pregnancy. Definitely eat as much as you feel like you need to eat, I found it difficult to eat (lots of food aversions to almost everything) which may have contributed to my supply drying up. I also had the nipple pain, since my son was already over a year old I didn't encourage nursing and finally I couldn't take it anymore and weaned him fairly easily in March. He wasn't getting any milk at that point, I actually think that helped him wean so easily.
Your body will put the baby's needs first, then your breastmilk, then you. So make sure you are getting lots of healthy foods! I've had preterm labor in all of my pregnancies, oddly enough I didn't start getting braxton hicks until I weaned him, so I don't think nursing will cause a miscarriage in a healthy pregnancy.

That's really interesting! I very recently found out I'm pregnant and I had a very turbulent pregnancy with my daughter. I was advised by an LC and my OB's office to wean sooner rather than later. I'm pretty emotional about it b/c I really wanted to nurse my daughter until she was 2. I don't feel like either one of us is ready for this. Sad

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I'm sorry about that Sad It could have simply been coincidence as I was about 14-ish weeks when I weaned DS1 and I know BH start earlier with each pregnancy but I will say I didn't notice them when I was nursing still. I hope your new pregnancy is easier going than your last one. I had my oldest DD at 34 weeks and I've gotten an extra week out of each pregnancy since Wink