pregnant and nursing

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Registered: 02-08-2009
pregnant and nursing
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Mon, 11-16-2009 - 12:09pm

Hi,


I have an 11 month old dd who is a total "milkie girl". She bf's maybe 12-20 times in 24 hours, day time and night time and co-sleeps. I was ttc, and had decided not to make any changes in her nursing until she reached a year old. The reason to make changes at all, and not just wait it out, is that I am 42. Somehow, with dd nursing as she does, and at my age, I have become pregnant (YAY!!) I am reading Hillary Flower's tandem nursing book. I just wanted to ask a couple of questions to any btdt Mama's.


First off, I have read over and over that it is safe to bf while pregnant. Could age play into that at all?

 

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Registered: 12-17-2007
Mon, 11-16-2009 - 3:19pm

NAK

WOO HOO on the new pregnancy!!!

FWIW, I had IVF to get pregnant with DS#1 and DS#2and at almost 39 got pg while still nursing DS#2, it was a big surprise, so....... I did continue to BF through my entire pregnancy and we tandem BF for a few months (DS#2 weaned at 42 months on his own).

No age does NOT play into the safety of BF. IF BF is going to impact a pregnancy it is BEFORE the pregnancy is actually established (ie by effect on ovulation or implantation).

My DS did increase nursing in part probably due to decreasing supply this is not seen as a problem.

One concern some express is the contracting of the uterus while BF. Unless you are on FULL pelvic rest (ie no sexual realations etc) this is not a problem. The contractions of the uterus During BF are less than those of the uterus during sexual climax.

As to decreasing nursing sessions generally the night time and nap time nursing sessions are the LAST to go. MY DS nursed for naps until almost age 4. IS there a particular reason you prefer to do away with those first? During the day it is often easier to use some distraction techniques (lets go for a walk, play some games etc). I am not saying that there is a right or wrong way, but......Also laying down to BF and rest together is great during the pg sleepiness. :) Info on nursin to sleep: http://www.kellymom.com/parenting/sleep/comfortnursing.html

I also found that night weaning DS #2 was easier after about the 18 month mark. We still nursed to sleep and he still did not STTN after night weaning, but he would go back to sleep without BF. FWIW, We co-sleep too. This has some tips on night weaning: http://www.kellymom.com/bf/weaning/weaning-night.html

Do keep in mind that the AAFP, WHO and other medical organizations recommend BF AT LEAST 2 years - even through a subsequent pregnancy.

HTH!



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Registered: 02-08-2009
Mon, 11-16-2009 - 5:32pm

Thank you so much for the reassurance! It's so good to hear from someone who has btdt. Particularly someone who is close to my age!


I have no plans to wean dd. If I have to for the safety of the pregnancy, I will offer again after the new lo is born, and hope she continues at that point. She'll only be 19 months when the new one is born, way too young to be without milkies