11-17-2010, 03:55 PM
i'm hoping there are some mamas who can share some wisdom and tips with me. I just found out i'm pregnant and i know i want to continue nursing my little one and hopefully tandem after this baby is born. Any tips on keeping my supply up and just handling breastfeeding and pregnancy? thanks :)
11-17-2010, 04:18 PM
Make sure you drink plenty of extra water!!!!! Also, try to get as much sleep as possible, and try not to stress.
I breastfed throughout my second pregnancy and then I kind of 'tandem' breastfed the two girls - except Caitlin was born extreme prem, so I was actually expressing milk for her (until she died) while still breastfeeding Annie.
When I was pregnant with Alisha though, I lost my milk pretty quickly. Poor Israel was not yet 6 months old, and I tried everything - breastfeeding more often, expressing etc, but nothing worked:???: I ended up having to put him on a bottle. But the Lord taught me there was no shame in that. We are blessed that formula is available for those who can't breastfeed. But that was a very stressful pregnancy too.
With all Hayley's issues, I've been extremely stressed the past 15 months. I've found whenever I start to run out of milk I just drink heaps more water and try to relax more - so far it has always worked.
Praying you have a wonderful tandem BF experience!
11-17-2010, 04:26 PM
Hi there! [welcomehi]
I nursed all the way through my second pregnancy and tandem nursed my two kids for over 18 months.
Right now my kids are getting into things, but I will come back here when I have a spare minute. [thumbsup]
11-26-2010, 04:44 PM
I nursed Em through our son's Noah' pregnancy and even though Em nursed pretty much non-stop my milk supply tanked. I am sure she didn't get much or anything for a while, but that didn't stop her.....LOL. I think our bodies are going to do what they are going to do even though we try hard to keep the supply up. I think it's awesome to do what you can to keep your milk supply up, but just know that sometimes with pregnancy your supply will dry up no matter what you do. Doesn't mean you have to stop, but know that your little one nurses different when there isn't letdowns, and on sore nipples it can wear on you....but it's wonderful most of the time!! :-D
11-27-2010, 12:21 PM
I'm 16 weeks along and still Liam (13mo) shows no signs of slowing down. I'm finding it challenging to get the hydration and extra protein (required for pg) while not consuming dairy.
I don't have much advice other than don't listen to anybody who says that it can't/shouldn't be done/will harm the baby/will harm you etc.
As for supply issues- if you're concerned after more nursing, resting, drinking- I've found success with eating oatmeal (not quick stuff) and using fenugreek.
Yay for our bodies doing what it needs for our babes!
11-28-2010, 02:20 PM
I was breastfeeding ds3 when I found out i was pregnant, I could not continue breastfeeding because I cramped really bad when nursing, and started spotting, so my ob said that breastfeeding causing uterine contractions but very small ones which is normal and absolutely no big deal but since I have history of m/cs he recommended me to quit, so disappointing to me, he was 15mos old but I wasnt ready to quit but didnt want to m/c either, things I did notice in the beginning was he acted like my milk was nasty lol but still nursed just slowed down, and my nipples were really sore so I was back having to use lanolin on them and thats all my experience lol I know lots of mothers that nursed thru pregnancy and then tandem nurse, of course I was so jealous lmbo good luck!