weaning baby who nurses to sleep

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Registered: 08-02-2003
weaning baby who nurses to sleep
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Mon, 11-09-2009 - 10:31am
Hi - I'm in the process of weaning my 13mo, and over the past few wks I have cut out a few of the daytime feedings, and now am nursing her first thing in the morning, before both naps, and before bed.
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Registered: 05-20-2008
Mon, 11-09-2009 - 3:40pm

Since you don't say why you are weaning your 13mo, I just wanted to to make sure you (or any lurkers rereading this thread) know, if you don't already, that there are still benefits to continuing to nurse beyond one year, contrary to what some may claim. If your main reason for weaning at 1 year was that you where under the mistaken impression that BFing was no longer of any benefit at that point then you may want to read the following:
http://www.kellymom.com/bf/bfextended/index.html

Now of course when to wean is completely your decision and if you have reasons you need to wean, the please disregard my reply.

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Registered: 08-02-2003
Mon, 11-09-2009 - 8:14pm

Charleen,


Without going into TMI, i need to get my cycle back so that I can try for another baby.

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Registered: 12-17-2007
Mon, 11-09-2009 - 11:40pm

Many times your cycle will come back if you cut out a few nursing sessions. Most moms do NOT need to wean to get PG. http://www.kellymom.com/bf/normal/fertility.html#achieve

THere is also a TTC and BF board here on iVillage and the ladies there are great!

What fertility medication would you need to take? Clomid is compatible with nursing as are many of the IVF meds (My first 2 DS's are IVF/ICSI babies). IF you can be more specific about the medication we can look it up in Hale's (aka Medications and Mother's Milk). Keep in mind that MOST common medications do NOT require a mother to wean and of those that may, there are often alternatives.

Follow up and we can go from there.



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Registered: 05-20-2008
Tue, 11-10-2009 - 12:23am

Generally, it is not necessarily to completely wean to get pregnant but you may need to cut back on nursing somewhat in order to get your fertility back. Here is some more detailed info on getting pregnant while breastfeeding:



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Registered: 08-02-2003
Tue, 11-10-2009 - 8:24am
I would need to take Metformin, and I was told by the doctor that I can't take it while breastfeeding.
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Registered: 08-02-2003
Tue, 11-10-2009 - 10:42am
PS
If anyone has advice on my original question I would appreciate it, as I will wean those feedings regardless.
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Registered: 12-17-2007
Tue, 11-10-2009 - 1:21pm

We have LOTS of moms on the board that are or have taken Metformin while BF. In fact it is rate L1 - SAFEST while BF (it is also rated pregnancy category B so it can also be taken during pregnancy).

Dr. Hale in Medications and Mother's Milk notes that the are no reported pediatric side effects via breast milk and that the plasma levels are undetectable.

It is important to understand why a medical professional might say a medication is not safe while BF. When drug companies do testing on medications, they do NOT do studies on pg or lactating women. So across the board they warn against taking, even if the reseach of others shows that a medication is safe while PG/lactating, in their company literature. This is to protect the drug company not you our your child. This info from the drug companies is not only included with the medication, but it is also in the PDR.

Dr. Thomas Hale (and other doctors) have done much research on the safety of medications while BF. The book, Medications and Mother's Milk is the GOLD standard for determining what medications are safe and not safe while BF. Most lactation consultants and many Dr. Have this book as part of their reference library. If you Dr. does not have a copy you might suggest that he get a copy (it is aobut $30) so that he can give accurate infor mation to his BF patients. Anytime you have a question about the safety of a med feel free to post and put in the title "Hale's Lookup".



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Registered: 05-20-2008
Tue, 11-10-2009 - 9:37pm
If you have further questions about trying to conceive while breastfeeding while BFing then you may want to visit the "TTC and Breastfeeding" board at: http://messageboards.ivillage.com/iv-ppttcbf

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Registered: 08-17-2005
Sat, 11-14-2009 - 11:34pm
Just bumping this up b/c I was hoping to hear the answer to the original question too.:) I could have written your post with the exception of TTC. My little girlie and I have started to drift way from the milk on tap situation and more into a milk in the cup during high chair times and nursing just at naps and bedtime. She is still up twice at night to nurse too. I'm anxious to hear the knowledgeable ladies here answer to your OP b/c I'm wondering if I should start discouraging her from nursing at nap times or if I should tackle bedtime first. I'm interested in weaning in the next few months if possible and would like to know what the thoughts on dropping feeds. Thanks!:D



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Registered: 01-12-2006
Wed, 11-18-2009 - 12:40pm

Don't know if anyone posted these weaning tips for you:


http://www.kellymom.com/bf/weaning/weaning_techniques.html


http://www.kellymom.com/bf/weaning/weaning_faqs.html


http://www.kellymom.com/bf/weaning/how_weaning_happens.html


Actually here's a link to a directory of weaning info on kellymom:


http://www.kellymom.com/bf/weaning/index.html


Essentially it doesn't really matter which feeding you cut out if you're weaning fully.