Pregnant and Breastfeeding

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Registered: 07-31-2008
Pregnant and Breastfeeding
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Thu, 08-13-2009 - 10:24am
Hi! I found this board and hope that I will find some relief and answers. My baby is 7 months old and has been breastfed exclusively until I started solids a few months ago. She only had a bottle of pumped milk maybe once or twice, just to see if she would take it. I haven't pumped in quite some time because I am a SAHM and there wasn't really a need. I found out a few months ago that I am pregnant with my second. Currently, I am 12 weeks along. At my doctors appt, yesterday, the doctor told me that I should have my baby weaned by the time I reach 20-24 weeks. I did not have a high risk pregnancy last time and so far not this time either. His rationale was that it would cause contractions if I BF for too long. I have done a lot of research online and have found this argument unfounded. I am confused and looking for some answers! I think my milk supply is pretty good. My baby nurses 4-6 times a day for 5-10 min, plus eats solids 3 times a day. She seems satisfied after each feed, so I assume she is getting enough. So, basically my questions are... what can I do to maintain my milk supply and support a growing baby? And should I consider weaning early? Neither baby nor I are ready for that.... Thanks!! Elizabeth
Lilypie Expecting a baby Ticker
Lilypie Expecting a baby Ticker
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Registered: 07-31-2008
Thu, 08-13-2009 - 10:34am
Acutally, she nurses closer to 6-7 times a day... including the nighttime feeds. So, 4-6 day time and then once usually at night.
Lilypie Expecting a baby Ticker
Lilypie Expecting a baby Ticker
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Registered: 07-25-2006
Thu, 08-13-2009 - 3:45pm

Congrats on nursing your baby 7 months and your pregnancy :)


Your doctor is wrong. Nursing does cause contractions, however, if your body is used to it from continued nursing, it shouldn't be a problem. This link addresses that concern here(you may have found this in your search): http://kellymom.com/nursingtwo/faq/01safety.html


What we do need to look at is that pregnancy does lower your milk supply, and bm or formula is to be primary for the entire first year. The best way to determine if she is getting enough milk is by watching the diaper output (providing she's not drinking juice or water that could 'skew' the diaper count). At 7 months, we'd want to see around 5-6 wets in a 24 hour period.


Fenugreek isn't safe to take during pg, but you could try oatmeal if it agrees with you :) And, even if

 

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Registered: 05-03-2004
Thu, 08-13-2009 - 4:35pm

I agree, your doctor is WRONG.


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