Anybody still nursing a sibling or close together?

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melody811's picture
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Anybody still nursing a sibling or close together?

Hi! I read on the lactation post that there are other nursing moms on the board throughout their pregnancy. I'm still nursing but I have many questions...

1. It's very painful now..very painful. I can handle the pain but I dread nursing. Suggestions? (Her latch is fine, no yeast infection). Anybody else experiencing this?

2. Do you find that you get contractions from nursing?

3. Has your milk supply been affected?

4. Are you ever exhausted...like crazy exhausted? I have good days but then a crazy exhausted day, like I can't function, feel like a wet noodle tired. Was never this bad in other pregnancies.

5. My baby is 10 months old and I obviously carry her. It's making for sciatica problems and hip discomfort. What are you ladies doing about carrying young children?

Sorry for all the questions, just new experience for me.

Starryblue702's picture
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The only question that I can answer is #2, but I'm not currently nursing. I did find, however, that nursing DD after I had her was extremely painful and caused lots of contractions... sorry I couldn't be of more help to you!

Nikerz20's picture
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Melody, have you thought about wearing a sling to ease the discomfort? DS is walking, so it's a lot easier on the hips, but there are times where he wants to be carried I just can't do it!

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I'm finding it painful now too. It's bearable, but I find the more I nurse the more painful it is, so I've cut Tyler down to 2 or 3 times a day instead of every couple of hours. It's been easier than I thought it would be to cut back; I just use ALOT of distraction. If she asks to nurse, I'll find something even better like a snack or drink she really enjoys.

I don't have any obvious contractions but I imagine my uterus is likely doing small ones I can't feel. Honestly I'm not concerned about it; If it's strengthening my uterus and I'm not having any issues I don't see the harm.

In my first trimester my milk supply was enormous. It suddenly doubled and I was nursing Tyler constantly to keep up with it. I was really surprised and happy actually; Figured I was burning more calories and Tyler was certainly benefiting, so great! There were even a couple of nights that I leaked huge puddles out onto the bed; I haven't done that since I first had Tyler; I NEVER leak anymore or ever get engorged. Then, when my second trimester hit, it probably went down to half of my normal supply, and that's when nursing started to hurt. I imagine that if I stopped nursing altogether now it wouldn't even affect me.

I have really energetic days and really exhausted days. I chalk it up to how much sleep I'm getting and what I'm eating; Not how much I'm nursing.

I don't do too much carrying Tyler since she's 20 months old, and even so I'm pretty small/light still so carrying her really affected me, so I can't help you with that question!

DitherDither's picture
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*lurker from January*

I am only about 12 weeks right now, but I am definitely experiencing a lot of what you are.

Nursing is painful at times, and never use to be. DD doesn't bite, but sometimes it feels like she is!

I haven't had contractions yet, but nursing can absolutely cause contractions. I know my midwife said that if a patient is at risk for pre-term labor, they recommend weaning by20 weeks for that reason. Otherwise, it's normal and nothing to worry about.

For the exhaustion -- YES! I am so, so tired. Much more so than with my previous pregnancies. So days I seriously can't keep my eyes open! I actually asked a similar question on the Birthing Naturally board, and it seems a lot of other women experience more exhaustion, so you are not alone in this!

Hope this helps!

melody811's picture
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Thanks ladies for your feedback. I've found it to be a challenge and not sure when I will wean, but I imagine it's already slowly happening. I don't turn her away when she wants to nurse, but the milk is just drying up rapidly and is so painful, I'm beginning to wonder if my body is trying to tell me something. To top it off she latches on, gets some milk, and breaks her latch and is angry about something. Things are totally changing.

lil96's picture
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I pretty much bfed since 10/07 stright through til now (and still going). This is my 3rd pregnancy. This time and last time are different. Plus my kids have been older than your baby. Each of my kids are 2 years apart almost exactly.

1. It's very painful now..very painful. I can handle the pain but I dread nursing. Suggestions? (Her latch is fine, no yeast infection). Anybody else experiencing this?

Right now we only nurse a few times a day. I think you probably nurse more? But this time it is only slight pain. But it started earlier. Last time it was close to the 3rd tri and it was so painful that I wanted to punch the wall. I think it is just milk drying out and not much you can do. I tried concentrating on something other than bfing (think hypnobirthing type stuff)

2. Do you find that you get contractions from nursing?

I have never had contrax due to bfing. My mw from my last pregnancy said it is an old wives tale about bfing&contrax. She said it may happen, but it isn't really necessarily related, there are generally other things going on. Of the moms I know who bfed while preggo, I can only think of one who had preterm labor and hers was due to other medical issues.

3. Has your milk supply been affected?

I think that is where the pain comes from. Although my sister (who has had 7 kids and 20 years worth of bfing experience) insists that it cannot happen, she says it just gets painful.

4. Are you ever exhausted...like crazy exhausted? I have good days but then a crazy exhausted day, like I can't function, feel like a wet noodle tired. Was never this bad in other pregnancies.

Yes, but I don't think it is bfing related. I think with you it could be your youngest is so young. you are taking care of her all day, plus the other older ones. It is difficult.

5. My baby is 10 months old and I obviously carry her. It's making for sciatica problems and hip discomfort. What are you ladies doing about carrying young children?

I only get that when sitting down, so I am not much help. I still carry my other ones when needed but they can walk so it is different.

DitherDither's picture
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"melody811" wrote:

I've found it to be a challenge and not sure when I will wean, but I imagine it's already slowly happening.

I have found nursing while pregnant to be very challenging, too. I'm not sure what I was expecting, but it's been much harder than I thought it would be. My supple is much lower, too, so I think it makes DD mad and makes her want to nurse more. It's been hard, and some days I find myself hoping she weans soon, even though I hope to tandem nurse. For my supply, I've been trying to eat a big bowl of oatmeal each day, and I think it does help on those days I remember!

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I am not nursing right now, but I was still nursing DS1 when I got pregnant with DS2. I never had any pain from it, but around 20 weeks my milk dried up completely and that's when I weaned him. GL!

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Sorry I can't help but just wanted to give some support. Hope You can get some answers. I stopped bf'ing in feb and a week later conceived this baby! Lol!

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