Pregnant mommy nursing almost 1yo

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Registered: 12-09-2008
Pregnant mommy nursing almost 1yo
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Mon, 05-11-2009 - 7:20am

Hello! I have a beautiful daughter, Hannah, who will turn 1 on May 15. I am also between 7 and 8 weeks pregnant with my second.

Some doctors have recommended I stop nursing; some say it is fine. Who is right? My daughter is nursing about 3 times a day, and eating "real food" about 3 or 4 times a day (and she has an excellent diet). Is she getting enough nourishment? Her doctor said I should supplement with formula. I have also tried whole milk (she was within a month of 1 year) and she likes that fine.

I want what is best for her, but I get such mixed messages. Some say there is no benefit to breastmilk past a year; some say that she needs either breastmilk or formula until 15 months; and some say most kids need to nurse through their second year. Most don't think her nursing will hurt her brother or sister anymore, and I know plenty of people nurse through and after pregnancy, but my OB's office said that I should wean before I gave birth so that my body would make the right kind of milk for the new baby.

Frankly, I am hoping that she will decide to wean herself during my pregnancy--I know many older siblings do. We have just gotten to the point this week where I am really tender, and it doesn't make breastfeeding a positive experience.

Also, I am somewhat worried about breastfeeding again. I know it is best for my baby, and I know it is so much cheaper--but after Hannah was born I had four months of afterpains. Yes, months. Yes, with my first. And they say that only gets worse each time; please tell me breastfeeding wouldn't put me out of commission for a third of a year when I have an active almost-two-year-old! It was bad enough with only a newborn to worry about.

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-Jessi (aka YCW)
http://reconciledtogod.blogspot.com/
Mom to Hannah (05/08) and hoping one day in heaven to meet Joseph, Isaiah, Elisha, Enoch, Simon Hosea, Ruby, Maranatha, Michael, Joy, and Ebenezer
41 days pregnant
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Registered: 03-27-2003
Mon, 05-11-2009 - 11:39am


Many mothers have been able to breastfeed through their entire pregnancy without experiencing any problems.


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Mon, 05-11-2009 - 12:11pm

NAK


Congrats on your pregnancy!


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Registered: 12-09-2008
Mon, 05-11-2009 - 7:43pm

Thank you, Kathy.

I had no other complications in the birth (had GD during pregnancy, have PCOS, but doubt these are related). I did talk to a doctor about afterpains, and got something to the effect of "Huh. That's unusual. They should go away by three months pp. Unless they don't." I don't remember if I took much tylenol or not--didn't want to be taking it every day, anyway. If it did help it wasn't enough.

I am having a lot of abdominal pain now, actually; I don't know how much it has to do with nursing.

I do have a history of very early pregnancy loss (not officially diagnosed) and put myself on pelvic rest for the first month.

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-Jessi (aka YCW)
http://reconciledtogod.blogspot.com/
Mom to Hannah (05/08) and hoping one day in heaven to meet Joseph, Isaiah, Elisha, Enoch, Simon Hosea, Ruby, Maranatha, Michael, Joy, and Ebenezer
43 days pregnant
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http://reconciledtogod.blogspot.com/
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Registered: 12-09-2008
Mon, 05-11-2009 - 8:32pm

Wewish4baby:

Thanks for all the great links!

(Also NAK right now here :)

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-Jessi (aka YCW)
http://reconciledtogod.blogspot.com/
Mom to Hannah (05/08) and hoping one day in heaven to meet Joseph, Isaiah, Elisha, Enoch, Simon Hosea, Ruby, Maranatha, Michael, Joy, and Ebenezer
43 days pregnant
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http://reconciledtogod.blogspot.com/
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Registered: 03-27-2003
Thu, 05-14-2009 - 5:58pm

Just FYI for the future, ibuprophen (Advil, Motrin, etc.) seems to work better on the after pains vs Tylenol. It's also approved by the American Academy of Pediatrics for use in breastfeeding mothers. It (and all pain killers) work best when you take them continuously around the clock rather than just taking them when the pain gets bad. Ibuprophen actually has a theraputic effect beyond just covering over the pain, it reduces inflamation which is part of the cause of the pain.


If you are having pain now, I'd certainly check in with the OB.


Hope this time