OB says I need to wean, WWYD???

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Registered: 06-26-2008
OB says I need to wean, WWYD???
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Thu, 09-29-2011 - 10:39pm

As I've posted down below, we're pregnant, and when I went for my first OB visit, she told me I have to wean.

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Registered: 06-01-2004
Thu, 09-29-2011 - 11:56pm
Hi there :) Funny that I just finished answering this question to another mom on the April EC - was lurking there and her OB fed her the same silliness about nursing while pregnant. I would suggest you do your own research and make your own educated decision on this one.....I personally think your OB is very ignorant about BF'ing if she thinks that BF'ing "means your body will want to clear out your uterus" - I actually laughed out loud when I read this ....she is being ridiculous and a bit overdramatic, but I am guessing you already know that :) I nursed my 19 month old for 5 months into my 2nd pregnancy with no ill effects - #2 was born at a healthy and full term 9lb. 2oz.
I know there are plenty of women on this board who have done the same and gone on to tandem nurse their babies - this is not for everyone, but totally possible for some. I don't know about Lovenox injections or baby aspirin so maybe google this further, as I don't know if those are safe when BF'ing ..... that might be reason to wean but again, I don't know about that. If you are not a risk for preterm labour, then nursing should be just fine as long as you keep your nutrition up and get lots of rest etc.
Check out the extended BF'ing board on ivillage if you want some other advice from moms who have done it before, and also, Kellymom has an awesome link that I will try to find for you.
For what its worth, my midwife knew that I was nursing while pregnant with #2 and she was totally fine with it.
I hope my answer above was not too abrupt or rude but your doctors ridiculous comments annoy me as she is filling you with fear that is unfounded and untrue. Again, if the lovenox is an issue, fine but her reasons are not. I wish you luck in making a decision that is right for you and your nursling - if you are ready to wean and not prepared to nurse while pregnant , that is one thing - you have done great to nurse this long and congrats for that. If you are not ready to wean yet, then pace yourself, be comfortable with your own research, and then you can go back to her at your next visit with some good ammunition should she try and give you a hard time.
Good luck and hugs and continued health with your little one :)
Jasmine
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Registered: 06-01-2004
Fri, 09-30-2011 - 1:37am
http://www.kellymom.com/nursingtwo/faq/index.html

Here is that link I told you about :) Hope it helps!

I just re read my previous post - sorry it sounds kind of rude maybe? I was tired while typing and in a hurry. I know based on your tragic loss you must be very scared and worried. If you feel like your doctor knows best, then do what feels best for you. I do hope the above link helps calm your concerns.
Hugs, Jasmine
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Registered: 06-01-2004
Fri, 09-30-2011 - 2:06am
Me again :) I have been doing some reading about BF'ing and baby aspirin - try googling Dr. Hale and aspirin and see what it says. There seems to be some concern about Reyes syndrome being passed to your nursling - although there is no definitive info. about it. By all accounts that I read, Lovenox is fine.
HTH ! jasmine
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Registered: 06-26-2008
Fri, 09-30-2011 - 9:04am

Jasmine, I didn't think you were being rude at all--it's exactly what I've read and thought myself.

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Fri, 09-30-2011 - 4:12pm
first off, i'm very sorry for your loss.
I have MTHFR which was diagnosed after recurrent losses. i was told as soon as i found out i was pregnant i would have to be on lovenox till 36 weeks then switch to heparin 2x a day till birth, then post partum back on lovenox. My research as well as my RE/DR said it was not an issue with EBF'ing. i'm suprised you are on both aspirin and lovenox as the ;ovenox is all you really need. the BA is for after you have gone of the lovenox in my case i'm supposed to be on that as well as high dose folic acid(4-5mg) for life. I too was worried about Reye's syndrome but the RE said its such a low dose the amount secreted into the milk wouldn't be enough to casue any harm to my LO. Reye's syndrome becomes an issue when asprin is given directly to children OR if you were taking a higher dosage and still BF'ing.
my son is 20 months and still BF'ing and he has had no issues.
I always research anything ANY Dr. tells me not because i don't trust them but because they are human and sometimes don't keep up with current medicine changes and because sometimes they just don't know but pretend to anyway. I had an OB tell me that maybe my loss was something i did (it came back as trisomy 16) so take their advice with a grain of salt. you are your only advocate and besides the way i see it its your health why wouldn't you want to know more about what you will be doing/taking.
Me -- 33 DH -- 42 DS1 01/13/01~ after almost 2 years TTC, 5 losses, and a diagnosis of MTHFR = DS2 01/19/10 ~
meds while pregnant : Lovenox 40mg 1x day ~ 5 mg folic acid ~ 100 mg each of B6 & B12 and of course progesterone inserts 200mg 1x a day
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Registered: 12-14-2008
Fri, 09-30-2011 - 11:47pm

I don't post so often on here anymore, but I still lurk.....I could NOT not reply to this.


Dee -- Homeschooling mom of 6 -- Forty-four and praying for 1 more!


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Registered: 08-16-2004
Sat, 10-01-2011 - 12:22am
It's too bad that doctors don't know much of anything about breastfeeding! I nursed through three pregnancies. It's not easy but I survived and I enjoyed tandem nursing. I did have to drink tons of water to keep up.
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Registered: 06-01-2004
Sat, 10-01-2011 - 12:26am
Lol - Hi Dee :) I love your passion and I think you spoke very well for all of us here!
Glad to see you around and hugs,
Jasmine
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Registered: 06-01-2004
Sat, 10-01-2011 - 12:30am
I am glad you have a good relationship with your OB other then on this issue - I can see that you have been through a lot with her by your side so that is good. Stay strong on this one though and do what you believe is right - she doesn't have to agree with you and really she doesn't need to know much about it right now IMO.
Great news about the aspirin and I see some other knowledgeable ladies have jumped with info on this one too! Your post brought up some serious passion from the mamas on this board :)
Good luck,
Jasmine
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Registered: 06-26-2008
Mon, 10-03-2011 - 10:39am

Thanks so much for the information.

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