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Old 03-03-2012, 07:14 PM   #1
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Breastfeeding and pregnancy?

I got a BFP this morning (shhh!! )... DS3 is 7 months old, and EBF. Breastfeeding is incredibly important to me, and my goal with DS3 was to nurse for at least 2 years. This pregnancy was completely unplanned, and now I'm worried about my milk supply. I'm about 5 weeks along right now. I have an over-supply, and have never had any issues with low supply.

I got pregnant with DS3 when DS2 was 11 months old... I was exclusively pumping for him, and didn't notice a drop in my supply. But I also stopped pumping 4 months later, so I don't know if my supply would have tanked eventually.

I need some advice from mamas who have BTDT. Did anyone continue to EBF throughout their pregnancy? Did your supply suffer at all? Any stories and advice are needed!!

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Re: Breastfeeding and pregnancy?

I have not btdt. My advice is to keep nursing on demand and if you have a pump or know how to hand express, do it here and there so you have some frozen milk in case your supply diminishes.
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I have not btdt. My advice is to keep nursing on demand and if you have a pump or know how to hand express, do it here and there so you have some frozen milk in case your supply diminishes.
I do have a Medela PISA... I've been pumping and donating to a mama friend of mine. I hate to do it, but I may have to let her know I can't donate anymore, just in case. I do want to have some kind of reserve for DS3, in case my supply tanks. Thanks mama!
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Re: Breastfeeding and pregnancy?

I nursed my DD until she was 5 months (I was 3 months pregnant) and I started drying up She also seemed less interested and weaned herself. I'm still nursing my chunky 11 month old, so I think the pregnancy was the problem for us. However, there are people who can and do nurse throughout their pregnancy and tandem nurse after they have the baby.
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Re: Breastfeeding and pregnancy?

If the baby does wean because of pregnancy you can always offer after the new baby is born to see if the older one still wants to nurse. You can also pump once the baby is born so the older one can still get the benefits of breastmilk instead of artificial milk.
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If the baby does wean because of pregnancy you can always offer after the new baby is born to see if the older one still wants to nurse. You can also pump once the baby is born so the older one can still get the benefits of breastmilk instead of artificial milk.
Yeah that! My baby weaned herself when I was a little over halfway through the pregnancy. She is almost 18 months and I am due any day! I plan on pumping milk for her as I doubt she will relatch. I did that with my oldest child when our second was born.

We do baby led weaning and baby led solids. I was expecting to exclusively breast feed our toddler for a year as that's how it went with our 3rd child but our toddler was very interested in solids at 5-6 months old and eating full meals before a year old (often eating more than one of her brothers who is three years older!). I think that spurred her to wean quicker too. Made me sad as I had hoped to nurse her for at least two years, but I am glad I will be able to pump and share that with her.

Is your little one on solids currently?
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Re: Breastfeeding and pregnancy?

If DS3 weans during this pregnancy, I will definitely try to get him relatched after #4 is born. I just love nursing so much more than I could ever have imagined... and DS3 seems to love it, too . The thought of our nursing relationship coming to an end just makes me sad.

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Yeah that! My baby weaned herself when I was a little over halfway through the pregnancy. She is almost 18 months and I am due any day! I plan on pumping milk for her as I doubt she will relatch. I did that with my oldest child when our second was born.

We do baby led weaning and baby led solids. I was expecting to exclusively breast feed our toddler for a year as that's how it went with our 3rd child but our toddler was very interested in solids at 5-6 months old and eating full meals before a year old (often eating more than one of her brothers who is three years older!). I think that spurred her to wean quicker too. Made me sad as I had hoped to nurse her for at least two years, but I am glad I will be able to pump and share that with her.

Is your little one on solids currently?
We practice BLW... DS3 gets food at dinner, and he loves it. But he still nurses on demand, around the clock. His "schedule" varies, but it averages out to every 2 hours.
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Re: Breastfeeding and pregnancy?

like the others said: even if you dry up you can still tandem after your next lo is born. I did this twice but my children were older. I have a friend who got pg unexpectedly when her son was 4 months old. She did start to dry up and had to supplement (he was loosing weight) Now he's 15 months and nursing. He actually prefers it to a bottle.


I do think often the milk changes taste, which is why I believe my dd weaned while I was pregnant with ds. She did nurse for 9 months after he was born.

Just a side note, tandeming is different. I wouldn't have chosen it any other way but once the baby is born the relationship between your second youngest changes. It isn't bad just different.
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Re: Breastfeeding and pregnancy?

I don't have any advice but I will be going through the same. We just found out we are expecting number 3 ... definitely not planned as I didn't want to jeopardize bfing DS2. He is 14 months now. I feel great that I was able to bf him for the entire first year with no problems but now feel so sad that he might wean! I really wanted to get to 2 years.

To anyone who has BTDT, are there ways to keep supply up if it starts diminishing?
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Re: Breastfeeding and pregnancy?

I am currently nursing through my 3rd pregnancy and tandemed for 8 months after my 2nd was born. I dried up and nursing was awful for me, but I toughed it out.

This time around, I am using More Milk Two. I still don't have a full supply (had SERIOUS oversupply with my first and second) but this has helped a lot. Perhaps about 50% of previous supply instead of just drops of milk.

It can be done. Check out: Adventures in Tandem Nursing.
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