Pregnant, I'm pretty sure it's over...

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Registered: 01-03-2007
Pregnant, I'm pretty sure it's over...
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Thu, 02-25-2010 - 3:08pm

I am only about 5.5 weeks along and my baby girl (9.5 months)has completely lost interest. My supply had been down from being sick with a stomach bug (both of us) and I worked SO HARD to get my milk back. We got it back and had been doing okay, only I didnt feel like she was getting quite enough. We keep nursing though... now im pregnant and as the days go on, my supply goes down, as does her interest... Pumping hasn't been going well for about 5 months. I only get an ounce or less when I pump. I know up until this month that she was getting a lot more than that. Now her diapers havent been very wet during the day so at night I have supp. with a 3 oz bottle for the last 2 nights. I was so prepared to bf for a year, and its not even breast tenderness thats the problem here. Its just that I dont have the milk.

I know that its over... I hate to say it. I really am okay, when I gave her her first formula I cried... I didnt want to do it. Now im alright with it, I just feel like I need a release and for someone to say "this does happen sometimes, and its okay". I have so many friends that bf for a year, but none of them were pregnant while they did it. The one the EBF till 2.5 had to stop when she was pg bc it was so horribly painful. No one knows im pg, and hardly anyone sees/knows when I bf anymore since its not every 2 hours anymore. I dont know what im trying to say at this point except that I need some encouragement/support bc im pretty sure its over. Ive tried to bf for the last 2 days, but its just not happening... help!


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Registered: 01-12-2006
Thu, 02-25-2010 - 4:10pm

((HUGS))

You may continue to nurse her through your pregnancy, as long as she is interested (I do have one that nursed through my second pregnancy ... she was 2 though, and I had hoped she would wean during pregnancy, but she didn't).

But I do think you are right that you have to keep your baby's health first ... if you don't have enough milk for her, you will need to supplement. You need not feel bad about this. Pregnancy absolutely does lower milk supply for a good number of women. Your baby must continue to have breastmilk or formula for the first full year of her life.

So you may continue to offer to nurse her as long as you and she desire. Any breastmilk she receives is beneficial to her. But if she or you desire to stop due to the pregnancy, you should still be really proud of your nursing relationship. You did a fabulous job mama!!

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Registered: 05-20-2008
Thu, 02-25-2010 - 6:08pm

{{hugs}}

Given that your baby is now over 9 months old and I assume is no longer exclusively BFing (i.e receiving solids), I would be so hard on yourself about having to supplement with formula. Just continue to give her whatever breastmilk she can get through BFing. Also, you can continue to BF through through PG. Unless you have a high-risk PG there is no reason you have to stop BFing during your PG or beyond (i.e Tandem nursing). Some children continue nursing during PG even though the milk has dried up mostly due to the emotional comfort it provides. In some cases, children will stop nursing midway during the PG then start up again once the milk supply reappears (provide mom is OK with tandem nursing).

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Registered: 04-24-2003
Sun, 02-28-2010 - 1:02pm
You already received some great advice, I just wanted to say congratulations on the new baby on the way!

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Joshua, David, Samuel


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Registered: 01-03-2007
Tue, 03-02-2010 - 11:56am

I just wanted to message you all back and give you a little update. I as really really low on milk and so I gave adelaide a few ounces of formula over a couple of feedings (broke my heart)! She hated it, and pretty much refused to drink it. I was getting really upset as I wasnt sure what else I was supposed to do. She would spit it, or push the bottle nipple out of her mouth and make a bad face... I was crying and at my wits end... and then my milk increased!? Is there any reason why it keeps going back and forth? It's making me crazy! I only have to make it 2 more months, but I hope it hangs on for that long! AHHH! lol! Oh well! I just wasnt prepared for the ups and downs of nursing AND pregnancy! Thank you all so much!

Sel


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