Is it possible to reintroduce bfing?

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Registered: 09-26-2007
Is it possible to reintroduce bfing?
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Thu, 04-02-2009 - 8:09pm

I have a 10 month old who I bf'd til she was 8 months. She still occasionally nurses before bed, but only for comfort...I don't think she actually gets any milk b/c I've pretty much dried up.

I'm pregnant with #2, and DD will be about 17 months when my new little one is born. Is it possible to reintroduce bfing to my older daughter when my milk comes in this time?

I know this sounds crazy, and I'm almost embarrassed to post. I absolutely loved bfing, though, and I originally wanted to do it til Dawson was around 2 years. I had some weird circumstances in my life, and I didn't work as hard as I needed to keep bfing her...so I'm wondering if there is such thing as a second chance?




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Thu, 04-02-2009 - 8:17pm

What would happen if you just offered the breast more frequently now?


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Fri, 04-03-2009 - 5:37am

You baby may actually be getting more milk than you think, even if she seems to be comfort nursing. Babies can be very efficient, much more so than pumps or just hand squeezing/expressing.

Having said this, you could try more frequent sessions now, especially if it is not too uncomfortable while pregnant. And it is quite possible that when your milk comes in with your second baby, that your daughter could resume nursing more frequently with the extra milk - it has happened.

Good for you for continuing even though your circumstances have been difficult.

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Registered: 06-17-2007
Sat, 04-04-2009 - 8:55pm

Ashley, I think it's awesome that you want to keep it going. Personally, I think if you started now as others have said by offering the breast more often (even if just for comfort) right now so that she doesn't "forget" how to latch properly. If not, there's always the chance she'll still remember when #2 is born.

If not, you can always give her expressed milk at least occasionally.




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Registered: 09-26-2007
Sat, 04-04-2009 - 10:49pm
Just in the last two days, I've been trying to get her to latch more often than usual (before and after each sleep session). I think, miraculously, I might still have a little milk in me after all! So I'm going to continue with that. Plus, I just found a stash of bm in the freezer that I forgot about, so I'm *pumped* about that!! Maybe things are looking up for us. :)



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Sun, 04-05-2009 - 12:52am

That's great!

There are several women on the breastmilk v formula debate board who have either recently been nursing while pregnant or have had experience with it. There are several who also have experience with tandem nursing.

I don't usually recommend to people to go to a debate board to get support, but it's a pretty active board and if you post in the fluff section you can get lots of support there too. Some of them post here too.




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