Do you think there is a max-out?

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Do you think there is a max-out?
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Sun, 11-02-2003 - 10:27pm
Do you think there is a maximum number of kids a woman can nurse at once? If so, what do you base your number on? Do you think it's 2 b/c we have 2 breasts...1 b/c that means a side to save for later that is still "full"? Or some other thing?

I personally think it's going to change from one person to the next but that PROBABLY most people with a normal hormonal balance and not suffering from any of a variety of problems (ie hypothyroid, depression, etc.) can probably nurse 4 children without supplementing. Maybe more.

I think that 2 is pretty much a no-brainer given that we have one breast for each child. I think at 3 it probably will become more difficult but by cycling them off it ought to be do-able...and 4 well it would be cycleable as well but just more than with 3. Beyond that...not sure how well it'd go, LOL!

Anyhow...thought I'd share (with permission) this link: http://pages.ivillage.com/birthteacher00/id26.html Patti had twins at home (the birth looks phenominal just by itself!) a few weeks ago (beware the photos are not necessarily very modest!)...but Patti has only one functional breast. The other has 3rd degree burn scars where the nipple would be and while it engorges after the birth, it dries up with nowhere for the milk to be released out of. She is VERY successfully nursing her 2 girls off just one breast. She nurses one for a short time, then the next, then the first...it's more frequent than every couple of hours, for sure, but their weight gain is MORE than adequate and it looks to me like for someone with 2 functional breasts it would be fine to do 4...

Fio.

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Mon, 11-03-2003 - 6:02am
Personally, maximum 1.
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Mon, 11-03-2003 - 9:11am

I'm sorry, Fio but this subject really grosses me out.


~christine~

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Mon, 11-03-2003 - 9:43am
you wouldn't nurse twins?
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Mon, 11-03-2003 - 9:55am
i have to say "how amazing!" two BIG twins at home...what a wonderful story and i love her quote at the end about how "birth works." i NEVER hear of people giving birth vaginally to twins....if i decide to have a third and i could find an attendant, i'd really consider home birth (how *wonderful* to curl up in your own bed after....)

anyway, i have no idea how many children a woman's body could be capable of sustaining -- my guess is several (as evidence by stories of wet nurses). personally, i did not tandem nurse, ds gave up nursing around my 20th week of pregnancy (i was practicing don't offer, don't refuse, and i realized he wasn't interested so we stopped). i was very tired at that point chasing a todler and being pregnant that my body needed a break. had i felt better, and not been hearing my mother on a daily basis ask if i weaned i may have considered it. we really only nursed at nap time, and never out, so it wasn't really publc knowledge that i was still nursing.

once i delivered dd, ds DID ask to nurse, and i said "yes." however, he laid in my lap, looked up at my chest and giggled. he did that twice and never latched on. i think it was more about "am is still your baby too," vs a real desire to nurse. however, had he really wanted to nurse, i wouldn't have discouraged him. it had been part of our relationship for a long time and if it made the transition to big brother smoother for him, so be it.

i think if tandem nursing works for all involved , go for it...why not?

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Mon, 11-03-2003 - 9:59am

Not at the same time, no.


~christine~

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Mon, 11-03-2003 - 10:17am
hmmm...you never know. twin births are on the rise ;-)

seriously, just two hours ago i nursed dd on my left, while i pumped my right....its takes some practice, but its quite time effective -- the let down she stimulates helps me get 3-4 ounces in about 6 minutes and i would just be sitting there anyway.

i sort of think it would be nice to nurse twins at the same time (if you were coordinated enough), they're so used to having been together in mommy's womb.

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Mon, 11-03-2003 - 10:37am

I have a really dumb question and this is total ignorance on my part.

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Mon, 11-03-2003 - 10:44am
i don't...except in the shower.

i do wash my hands pretty frequently though. i feel they come in contact with far more germs than what's "in my bra." however, latching a child on (well, my child) doesn't require much "nipple toouching," you make a "breast sandwich" as all the lc's say, by cupping around your nipple. the baby's mouth goes onto the part you are not touching. i d o use a finger to de-latch sometimes...sometimes, dd lets go on her own.

...also, using soap on your nipples while nursing (especially in the beginning) is discouraged as it can cause drying and irritation. i was told to "just rinse them."

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Mon, 11-03-2003 - 12:43pm
You know those little bumps on you areola? They actually secrete a natural chemical that kills harmful bacteria...that is why they become bigger during pregnancy..they are dormant when not nursing. Isn't nature amazing?
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Mon, 11-03-2003 - 2:04pm
Physical max-out?

 

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