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.
-Jessi (aka YCW)
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