Weaning a toddler while pregnant

Isis - posted on 07/15/2009 ( 6 moms have responded )

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I am weaning my 20 month old and am 3 months pregnant. We are on our 3rd day of weaning, she hasn't had milk since Monday morning around 4 AM. My left breast is fine, but since she nursed more from the right side, I have been engorged for the past 3 days basically. I am wondering if anyone has any tips on easing engorgement pain without affecting milk supply ( i do not want to "damage" anything for my baby on the way) Any help or suggestions, stories, etc would be greatly appreciated!

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Kayla - posted on 07/15/2009

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try pumping just enough to get rid of the engorgement also ice can help any time i was engorged i just pumped a little you dont have to worry about damaging your milk supply for the other baby cuz your hormones will sense when the baby is close to coming and will start to supply milk again

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Isis - posted on 07/15/2009

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Thanks for the comments Here I'll clarify a little bit. By "damage" I was referring to taking herbs or meds that help stunt milk supply, I am not interested in that because those typically are not safe during pregnancy.

We naturally began weaning a few months ago ( before I was pregnant) and she was only nursing for bed time and through the night. I know I could continue, but my nipples hurt so bad and this past weekend the pain became too unbearable, and so I decided that finishing up our breastfeeding relationship was the best thing for both of
us.

Thanks for your comments!

User - posted on 07/15/2009

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you could pump or hand express just up until you are comfortable, I'm not sure what you could damage really? I'd be worried about you getting a breast infection from being engorged for so long. Its perfectly fine to breastfeed during pregnany though if you do want to continue, I nursed my dd throughout my entire pregnancy. I know a lot of older kids will naturally wean during pregnancy because most of the time there is a drop in milk supply while pregnant.. I'm sure someone else can give you better advice, I'm not an expert. I believe putting cabbage leaves in your bra is supposed to help with engourgment & help reduce milk too.

Kirstin - posted on 07/15/2009

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As far as i remember I was told it was fine to breast feed just about right up to your pregnancy and your milk will automatically change when you give birth. I had real bad engorgement when i stopped feeding my son, i found a hot bath is good as you ate letting down naturally, Also if it is a sunny day and you have a private sunny window, sun is great. Sit in front of it with a towel and relax the warmth helps with the releif and the sun is great for the nipples.

Good Luck to you

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