Nursing while pregnant

Stefanie - posted on 06/07/2009 ( 8 moms have responded )

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So I just found out a couple weeks ago I'm pregnant with #2! YAY! We are pretty excited. Anyways, my DS is only 7.5 months old and obviously, given his age, nurses a TON. So far, at 6 weeks along, I have enough milk for him though I suspect my supply has dropped a bit.

My question is for those mommas that nursed a YOUNG nursling through pregnancy, when did you supplement or did you not need to? He isn't old enough to supplement with cow's milk yet, so I would have to go to formula if I have to supplement. I was just wondering when that might happen. We are going out of town in 5 or 6 weeks, and I'm kinda wondering if I should bring formula with me, buy it there, or what. I'm totally out of the loop and have never packed bottles for the last 5 trips we have had since he was born. I know he can have formula b/c I was sick once and my supply dropped for a day or so and he had a couple bottles. But we got over that as soon as I got better. So at least I'm not facing allergies here, thank goodness!

I'm hoping I can keep him from weaning, he is a big comfort nurser so it shouldn't be hard, but I have heard stories of kids weaning from the milk changing! I want to nurse him until he is at least two, so I need to make it through this pregnancy and then tandem the new baby and him for at least 9 months. I'm excited to see what the future holds. I think tandem nursing would be SO awesome!

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Merry - posted on 10/29/2010

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I noticed that my milk is still supply and demand, the more Eric nurses the more milk I have. I know kellymom says that's not true in pregnant y but it's very obvious to me that he is still in control of my milk production.
Which is good cuz I don't want him to wean early!
So I let him go and nurse as much as he wants and I see the milk coming more, I still get engorged in the morning!

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Salime - posted on 10/28/2010

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I'm in the EXACT same situation. My LO is almost 8 months and since I pump, I notice my supply has gone down dramatically. I read a pretty good article in kellymom: http://www.kellymom.com/nursingtwo/faq/1...

Basically she says that if the milk supply goes down during pregnancy, there's not much you can do since it will not increase even if you nurse more frequently and for longer periods of time. She recommends supplementing with solids (baby under a year should be nursing at least 3-4 times a day... if not you will need formula)... well, hope you read the article since it explains everything better than me... and good luck!!! :)

User - posted on 12/17/2009

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Hi, I nurse my two daughters (2yr 10m old / 10m old) and I nursed (almost all the way) thru my 2nd pregnancy.

My milk supply didn't drop and she nursed quite often during when I was with child. I tried to give her cow's milk, she was over a year old then. But she hated it. So she was given a cup of soy milk in the morning. She would take a few sips, but she still wanted to be nursed. She was still nursing like 6 times a day then. Oh yeah she's a comfort nurser as well.

She self weaned about a month before I gave birth to her sister. But then she "unweaned" when her sister came home and when she saw her sister sucking away at dear old mommy's, she signed to ask for mommy's milk.

And so I started to tandem nurse. :D

Yes tandem nursing IS awesome! When they hold hands and touch each other's face while nursing together, your heart'll certainly melt!

Sherry - posted on 10/13/2009

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Stefanie,



I have been nursing since March 29,1993...the child that was born on that day is now 16 and has several siblings under him. I have not once quit nursing any of them during another pregnancy. Remember that it is the "Law of Supply and Demand" meaning your baby will have the right amount of milk that he needs as long as he is allowed to be at the breast. I suppliments did not happen, he will have everything that he needs and if your milk supply drops (which sometimes it does when getting ready for the new baby) he will be old enough to check out what you are eating and you can continue to nurse and he will really benefit from the "baby milk".... remember that if you are going to "tandem nurse" it really does almost completely eliminate sibling rivalry.... it has been amazing for our children. No anxiety at all !!! Seems to make that transition alot smoother, especially for a child of your sons age. Tandem is amazing , it is a commitment and a lifestyle but if you get some good nursing tops and are determined it really is great for everyone :) Meals on wheels as my husband says !!



Happy nursing ,



Sherry, wife to Tom

Mother of Sarah, 18

Tanner, 16

Emma, 12

Hannah, 10

Nathanael, 8

Samuel almost 6

Abigail, 4

Mary, born "still" June 27/07

Isabella , 14 months

Stefanie - posted on 06/08/2009

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You guys have me so excited to tandem nurse! YAY!

I think my supply has gone UP recently? Weird, or maybe not, DS has been eating like every hour at night. Fun, fun, let me tell you! Regardless, that is a good sign so I'm taking it. I'm getting more and more hope that I will make it through. I'll probably be on a lot to ask questions though!

Emily - posted on 06/08/2009

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My second was 10 months when I got pregnant with #3 and my third was 11 months when I got pregnant again. My second easily nursed through the whole pregnancy (in spite of my complete loss of milk around the end of the first trimester), and my third is currently 17 months and still nursing strong... though somehow this time I still have some milk.

At 7.5 months I wouldn't be super concerned with supplementing with formula. Instead, maybe you could try supplementing with more solid foods. Personally, my kids didn't like solids until around 8-9 months, and I don't really push them. But both #2 and #3 picked up more solids as my milk supply decreased and neither of them has ever had bottles or formula.

BTW, this time around, I'm pregnant with twins, and planning to nurse through the entire pregnancy, and tandem nurse for at least 4 months so that #3 can make it to at least 2 years also. My #2 tandem nursed with #3 for over 13 months, and finally weaned at 2 years 8 months. It was a wonderful experience, and I'm very much looking forward to doing it again. :)

Good luck with everything!!

Emily - posted on 06/08/2009

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Hi there, my dd was 10 months old when i got pregnant with my ds, and i nursed right through my pregnancy and am now tandem nursing them both. i didn't have any noticeable issues with supply, however i noticed a change in my dd's nursing when i was around the 15-20 week mark. she cut back on the length of time she was nursing (still the same amount of sessions, just shorter), however we also noticed she had molars coming in at the same time to that might have contributed to it as well. it lasted for about two weeks and then she picked right back up again and started nursing for longer periods, and actually right before my ds was born she was nursing for very long nursing sessions compared to before. I think she liked the taste in the milk better. I wouldn't worry about supplementing with formula as long as you are still nursing on demand, and I think your ds is young enough right now that self-weaning shouldn't be an issue, it's usually older babies and toddlers who tend to self-wean during pregnancy. I think if you're commited to keep nursing, then you probably won't have any problems....the decrease in milk that nursing women experience during pregnancy is actually necessary for milk production when the new babe arrives, and every women experiences a decrease to some degree or another. Best of luck, i've been tandeming for 5 months now and we love it, it has really helped my dd with the new baby transition, plus it's an awesome way to deal with engorgement those first few days!

Emily - posted on 06/08/2009

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Hi there, my dd was 10 months old when i got pregnant with my ds, and i nursed right through my pregnancy and am now tandem nursing them both. i didn't have any noticeable issues with supply, however i noticed a change in my dd's nursing when i was around the 15-20 week mark. she cut back on the length of time she was nursing (still the same amount of sessions, just shorter), however we also noticed she had molars coming in at the same time to that might have contributed to it as well. it lasted for about two weeks and then she picked right back up again and started nursing for longer periods, and actually right before my ds was born she was nursing for very long nursing sessions compared to before. I think she liked the taste in the milk better. I wouldn't worry about supplementing with formula as long as you are still nursing on demand, and I think your ds is young enough right now that self-weaning shouldn't be an issue, it's usually older babies and toddlers who tend to self-wean during pregnancy. I think if you're commited to keep nursing, then you probably won't have any problems....the decrease in milk that nursing women experience during pregnancy is actually necessary for milk production when the new babe arrives, and every women experiences a decrease to some degree or another. Best of luck, i've been tandeming for 5 months now and we love it, it has really helped my dd with the new baby transition, plus it's an awesome way to deal with engorgement those first few days!

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