Nursing through pregnancy

iVillage Member
Registered: 04-28-2011
Nursing through pregnancy
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Sun, 11-18-2012 - 8:59pm

I am currentlynursing my 19.5 month old DD and am newly expecting (5 weeks). I really would love to nurse through this pregnancy and tandem nurse onice baby is born. I would love tips on how to best maintain my supply as much as possible so DD will remain interested. So far I'm not experiencing much change but DD has stepped up her nursing frequency. On an average day she will nurse 6 or 7times and never nurses less than four but could easily nurse ten times here or there. I'm fortunate that I'm not feeling tender or uncomfortable at this point and DD isn't becoming fussy or unsatisfied. When do supply issues usually surface during pregnancy? Can I do anything to prevent them?

Thanks :-)

Community Leader
Registered: 06-10-2008
Tue, 11-20-2012 - 8:23pm

Hey there! Thanks for stopping by and congrats on your pregnancy!

If you haven't read this already, here are some links with good basics on nursing through pregnancy and beyond: http://kellymom.com/ages/tandem/tandem-faq/nursing_during_pregnancy/  I'd strongly recommend picking up a copy of the book "Adventures in Tandem Nursing" by Hilary Flower too. Tons of good info.

Because most of the decrease in supply due to pregnancy is hormone-driven, there isn't a ton you can do to prevent it. Certainly nursing frequently helps in many cases. Can you remind me again how old DD is? If she's still relying on breastmilk for a decent portion of her fluids and nutrition you'll need to keep a close eye on her diapers to make sure everything is on track.

I'm really glad to hear you're not experiencing any discomfort so far. A happy and healthy 9 months to you!

Dana

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iVillage Member
Registered: 04-28-2011
Wed, 11-21-2012 - 11:14am
Thanks Dana! DD is close to 20 months and eats well and drinks lots of water. I'm not very worried about nutrition or fluids but more so about the nursing relationship. I planned on doing child led weaning or at least making it to her second birthday. I'll take a spin through kellymom and try to find the book but so far no luck through the library or chapters.
Community Leader
Registered: 06-10-2008
Wed, 11-21-2012 - 11:49am
It's a less common book since it's about a fairly specific topic. You can definitely purchase it online. I'm not sure if you're involved in La Leche League but many LLL groups own a copy too. Here's the link FYI: http://www.amazon.com/Adventures-Tandem-Nursing-Breastfeeding-Pregnancy/dp/0912500972/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1353516549&sr=8-1&keywords=adventures+in+tandem+nursing
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