Breastfeeding Second Child

Samantha - posted on 06/28/2010 ( 2 moms have responded )

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Throughout my entire first pregnancy me and my husband agreed that I would try to solely breastfeed my daughter for at least 6 months. Everything was going along as planned for a little over the first 3 months until out of nowhere my milk supply started decreasing. A couple of weeks later, I found out I was pregnant. I nursed my daughter as long as I could but I couldn't keep my milk supply up and ended up having to wean her within a couple of weeks. Now my husband says he doesn't want me to breastfeed my next child after he or she is born because he says he doesn't think it's fair to our daughter. Anyone have any tips on how to show him that it's just as important to nurse this baby as it was for me to nurse our daughter.

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Terra - posted on 06/28/2010

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And how is it fair to the new child not to be nursed at all? Not to get any of the benefits of nursing that your little girl did? Tell him that the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends breastfeeding for at least 12 months and beyond and that the World Health Organization promotes 2 years as the minimum and beyond. Not to mention all the health benefits for you! A reduced risk of breast cancer being one of them.



http://www.womenshealth.gov/breastfeedin...

http://www.breastfeeding.com/all_about/a...

http://www.nrdc.org/breastmilk/benefits....

http://www.cdc.gov/breastfeeding/

http://www.llli.org/FAQ/advantages.html



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Sylvia - posted on 06/28/2010

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Breastfeeding baby #2 will actually benefit both of them (and, you never know, #1 might surprise you and start nursing again! :)) because #1 will see you nursing #2 and will grow up seeing that as the normal way babies eat :)

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