Just wondering if there are any mothers who still breast feed there babies whilst pregnant with another baby.
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I completely disagree. I am 33 weeks pregnant with my second and have been nursing my son, now 26mo, the entire time.
Actually the few studies that have been done indicate mom's that breastfeed during a normal, healthy pregnancy actually do not have the same uterus reactions as non-nursing moms. It's as if the uterus builds a tolerance and doesn't respond to the nipple stimulus.
Talk w/your Dr. about it, but MANY mom's tandem nurse while pregnant without issues. I am living proof. I have not had supply issues either and my son shows no signs of weaning.
Adventures in Tandem Nursing, is a great book that covers a lot of this information.
Mary - posted on 02/25/2009
I breastfed most of mine at least a few months while pregnant with the next baby. All were healthy and normal weight babies. Many moms have even told me that morning sickness is not as bad with the nursing hormones thrown into the mix. :) Its true I had very light morning sickness with all, but I might just be lucky. :) Just make sure you get a good healthy diet, lots of fruits and veggies etc. because your body will take the nutrients from you and feed both babies first, so moms who don't get an adequate diet end up weakened, or with tooth decay etc.
Natalie - posted on 03/04/2009
WOW - Thanks you so much for the overwhelming response. Talking with my Husband while reading through all of your responses, it has definitely helped to settle our thoughts on this subject. Great to see that so many Women are supporting Tandem feeding!
My daughter's pediatrician said is absolutely fine to nurse while pregnant...our culture just tends to frown upon it unlike other cultures where it is very common. She said just make sure you are taking your vitamins and eating well since you would be supporting three.
Dana - posted on 03/03/2009
I nursed my oldest child while pregnant with my second. She ended up weaning herself off when she was 10 months. Some say your milk can get sour when you get prgnant. It doesn't happen to everyone. My daughter seemed to make funny faces towards the end. All in all, nurse as long as you can!
Pamela - posted on 02/28/2009
I'm 16 weeks pregnant and happily still nursing my daughter who is 14 months old. She nurses about 8-10 times a day on average. Some days she nurses a million times like today because she doesn't feel that good and is getting 2 molars and other days she nurses only about 4 times (like if we're at a park or disneyland and she's very distracted from mama). I had an ultrasound and the new baby looks happy and healthy. I do worry sometimes about how Delilah (my daughter) will react to having to share HER boobies with the new baby but we'll cross that bridge when we get to it :) Good luck to you!!
Melinda - posted on 02/27/2009
To Nicole D., Check out La Leche League's "The Breastfeeding Answer Book" that is used by many LCs as a resource book that the colostrum is present before labor and birth. A few women have actually reported to me that they leak during their thrid trimester! I did not leak, but did actually see the yellow/clear colostrum milk when I pumped it out during my third trimester. After eight years of being a breastfeeding educator/registered dietitian, I just had to see for myself that the milk changed to colostrum during the pregnancy while nursing a toddler!!!
Also, I forgot to mention in my previous post a great book that I read published by La Leche League, "Mothering your Nursing Toddler" by Norma Jane Bumgarner. This book realy put my mind at ease for nursing while pregnant. There is a section that discusses nursing while pregnant, tandem nursing, and it discuss how your milk changes during the pregnancy BEFORE you give birth! How amazing is that!?
Allison - posted on 02/27/2009
I'm also nursing a toddler and pregnant - 30 weeks tomorrow. No issues with contractions or anything. I've had 2 c/s and not concerns there, either. I plan on tandem nursing once the baby arrives and believe in child-led weaning, so will allow both kids to nurse until they decide it is time to stop.
Emily - posted on 02/27/2009
I was also told that I couldn't nurse while pregnant... so my first daughter was weaned at 4 1/2 months. I got a ton more information the second time around, and much more support. My second daughter nursed through my entire pregnancy with #3, and they tandem nursed together for 13 months. Now I'm expecting #4 (11 weeks along) and my 14 month old is still nursing. We're planning to continue nursing until our children are at least 2... so we'll be nursing completely through another pregnancy, and tandem nursing again for another 4 months at least. :)
I had no issues nursing while pregnant, and actually my third pregnancy was by far my healthiest in terms of weight gain (I gained more than I did with my previous two), and in terms of overall energy.
When you go into labor and start having the intense uterine contractions, it causes the colostrum to come in. So actually labor and birth will turn the milk back into the milk needed for a young baby. Which is kind of a nice extra added benefit for your toddler. Also, the toddler will help with making sure you have a good supply and regulate faster, which is an added bonus for the new baby. :-)
Lindsay - posted on 02/26/2009
My children are 19 months apart. I nursed my son throughout my pregnancy, and continued to nurse him after the baby was born. He weaned when he was 2, when the baby was about four months old. Sharing the milk was a good way to help my older child bond with the new baby, and eliminated the jealousy factor.
Melinda - posted on 02/26/2009
I nursed my child while I was pregnant until 10 days before I gave birth! I never had an issue with weight gain or contractions until closer to delivery date (normal Braxton-Hicks) and had a full-term normal weight baby boy. My OB was fine with nursing while pregnant. Current research shows that the nipple stimulation is not sufficient to cause problems with a healthy pregnancy.
To Heather: Your milk changes during pregnancy to prepare for the infant. The milk supply actually begins to dwindle quite a bit and have a bad taste. This appears to be nature's way of encouraging the toddler to self-wean. However, with a strong willed child that is very attached to the comfort of nursing, the bad taste and low supply will not deter some toddlers!!! At one point, my toddler said, "your milk is broke!". She then went back to nursing as usual. I pumped some milk and saw that it had begun to look like colostrum (about mid-way through the third trimester). Keep in mind that she was eating normal solids for her age, by this time, and nursing was all about comfort before nap time and bedtime.
Heather - posted on 02/26/2009
How about the breast milk. Since you are breastfeeding an older baby that is on the "full milk" and the new baby with need the more clear liquid the first few days as the nutrients needed as the baby grows coincides with the milk changes, would this happen since your breastmilk nutrients being made are for an older child? Just curious if anyone knows. I hope this made sense :-)!
Daryl - posted on 02/26/2009
I'm about 11 weeks now and nursing my 9month old daughter. My midwife and pediatrician both agree that there is no reason to stop nursing. Unless you are at risk for miscarriage or early delivery, I can't imagine any problems. Good luck.
Heather - posted on 02/25/2009
I nursed Emma until she was 16 months and I was almost in my 3rd trimester. I was advised to wean her because I had 3 previous c-sections and my obgyn did not want any extra uterine contractions in my 3rd trimester. Up to that point it went great though! Emma actually self weaned a little earlier than I was advised to. I think the decline in milk lead to her disinterest.
Yes, good point Mary, you will need to be extra diligent about getting the needed calories, water, etc... You will need even more calories that you would just being pregnant.
I actually had HORRIBLE all day sickness this second time around and had to be on Zofran, which helped SO much and was OK to take w/nursing and pregnancy.
Stephanie - posted on 02/25/2009
hi there, understood that breastfeeding reduces the uterus, which believe its not good fr pregnant mummies... tink its better to wean off breast milk fr ur elder kid.
I also would have to disagree with weaning while pregnant. Unless there are complications such as you contract fully anyways then I would continuel It has great benefits for baby and you. The baby will get a full second dose of colostrum which is very healthy and also help relieve engorgement after the other os born. It will also help bring in your milk much faster.
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