Someone else breastfeed at 16 months?

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I still breastfeed my baby daugther, she is 16 months now and Im 3 months pregnant, heard something about hormones in the milk, can someone say something about it?

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Lizelle - posted on 03/20/2010

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April, your milk doesn't dry up it just changes to colostrum (usually around 4 months, but it happened when I was 13 weeks pregnant). Some babies hate the new taste. Others like my son loves it and starts feeding more. The colostrum is much less than the milk so it may feel like you've dried up, but trust me your toddler will tell you if there is nothing to suck on.

Lizelle - posted on 03/19/2010

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I've breastfed my son throughout my pregnancy and tandem fed him till his sister was 9 months old and he 34months. It has been an amazing experience and I can really not see any negatives to it. Good luck making the big decision. Just make sure you've weaned her at least 3 months before baby arrives if you do decide to wean.



An site with great tips and info on breastfeeding while pregnant is http://www.kellymom.com/bf/tandem/index....



You will probably notice that your baby has a bit more runny nappies, since the colostrum has a laxative effect. It's not very severe, and with toddlers that usually struggle with constipation it's a bonus.

Mandy - posted on 03/19/2010

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my auntie fed her 2nd while pregnant with her 3rd and she said that her milk supply was fine but my cousin decided to self-wean when she was about 7 months pregnant because he didn't like how the taste of the milk had changed.

April - every woman is different as is every pregnancy. With my now 5 year old daughter I had proper milk pouring out of me from about 6 months gone, but with my 14 month old still nursing son I could squeeze out a little colostrum but nothing leaked till after he was born.
I've never nursed while but pregnant but have read that yes sometimes the milk can dry up, sometimes it doesn't. It all depends on the woman. Personally I don't think it's necessarily that the milk has gone but more that it's changing to to suit the needs of the newborn coming. It may also be that the womans body feels that she is loosing too much, and decides to concentrate on growing the baby rather than feeding the exsisiting child.

April - posted on 03/19/2010

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do some women have milk for their whole pregnancy and not just the colostrum? i heard that around the 4th or 5th month of pregnancy, the milk dries up completely. is this true? (i've asked this question before but haven't gotten the answer)

Allison - posted on 03/13/2010

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I think you're more likely to have your little one be jealous if you wean her before she's ready and then tell her that now the baby can nurse but she can't. Talk about taking away her biggest connection with you and then replacing it with a new baby! That's tough on toddlers! When you tandem nurse, you don't have that jealously as they both share. The older one has to learn some patience and understanding because newborns nurse a ton, but still it helps to have the old connection with mom, even if it's in between the newborn nursing and/or nursing at the same time.

Weaning is a long process. You can start by starting to replace a normal feeding with something else, like a snack or a fun activity. You can shorten the sessions, too, to only a few minutes by singing a song and then stopping or counting to a certain number (I count to 60 in my head, then give a 10 second warning and count to 10, then we're done). Try not to push it...there's likely to be regressions anyway because of illnesses, teething, and new developmental milestones.

I still recommended "Adventures in Tandem Nursing" - it talks about nursing while pregnant, which you're doing right now anyhow. And don't be totally set on not tandem nursing....it might happen naturally and you'll find it all worked out well. Once you've nursed for 16 months, it's hard to force weaning if she's not ready, you know?

And, no, there is nothing that happens to your milk when pregnant that will make your little one sick. When colostrum comes back, you may notice your toddler's poop be much more like newborn poop, but that's not really a health issue or anything.

Good luck!

Many kids wean when mom is pregnant, too, so you might not have to do anything.

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Thanks I was told that my daughter could get stomack pain if I didnt stop breastfeeding her. I have no plans to tandem feed my daughter and the new baby, I will try to stop breastfeeding her before the other one arrives so she not get jelous. Any tips on how to stop??? Excuse my english spelling, norwegian soon to be mother of 4:)

Allison - posted on 03/13/2010

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I nursed through my third pregnancy and am currently tandem nursing my 3 year old and 10 months old. The hormones from pregnancy can dry up your milk, but that doesn't mean your little one will stop nursing. Eventually the milk turns back into colostrum, but that also isn't necessarily a deterrent to nursing for many toddlers. Once your milk comes back in after baby arrives, your toddler will probably be pretty pleased.

Kellymom has a forum (at kellymom.com) for moms who are pregnant and nursing and/or planning to tandem nurse once baby arrives. You can get some great info there. The book "Adventures in Tandem Nursing" by Hillary Flowers is also a great book.

Congrats on your pregnancy.

Minnie - posted on 03/13/2010

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What do you want to know? There always are hormones in your milk.



Are you curious about the safety of breastfeeding your little one while pregnant? It is indeed both safe for your older child and for your growing baby inside of you (and you as well).

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