Cycles returned 14 weeks PP with DS. Fell pg with DD on third cycle when DS was 5 months old. Nursed frequently all through pg -- dealt with pain, thrush, fatigue, BF agitation, slow let down. DD born when DS was 13 months old. Have tandem nursed DS and DD since (both now toddlers).
Currently nursing my 16month old and pregnant with number 2. Having a slight worry that I am getting quite painful cramps when she is nursing, am I just worrying for nothing or should I stop (really don't want too).
Any help, advice would be ace..
I've had similar, although it seems to be easing off now I'm dry nursing. I found this quite a useful article. It's difficult to be completely certain that it's safe, but after reading that, I was reassured that I personally felt OK to continue.
Definitely a personal decision. However, as long as you don't have a history of preterm labor, it is generally considered safe to nurse through pg. Some cramping and braxton hicks should be expected.
I found the bigger my uterus got, the more intense the contractions during feeds got. Towards the end they where as bad as early labour but never developed into labour. They always stopped when feeding stopped.
DD has a cold today. And as we all know breastfed baby + cold = lots of feeding. She "stole" all the milk from the left boob before I had a chance to express this morning, so my morning yield of milk ended up being about 2oz less than it has been.
I'm still on domperidone as I was very ill with sepsis from 13-26 days post natal and DS was ill 3-8days post natal. This had a massive impact on my supply. I'm coming towards the end of my prescription so I tried to wean down the amount I took. I'm not sure if there was a drop in supply or an increase in demand from my toddler yesterday, but the baby was feeding more and less settle. Its so hard to tell where you are with supply when you have a newborn supply but are feeding a toddler who one day eats loads, and the next day only feeds once.
So I've decided to make an appointment with the doc and get my prescription extended. It seems crazy to stop taking it a week before the 6 week growth spurt hits when DS is still on 3 bottles a day.
Those of you that are further on in your pregnancies (or have now had your babies) when did your supply start to get affected? My boobs seem to be making more milk and have been feeling more full and I have also been leaking during the day (I feed my daughter morning and before bed/at night). Is this normal? I am not sure what to expect as I approach second trimester in a few weeks.
Celesse, I agree. See if you can get the script extended. Hopefully another round of it will get you through the growth spurt and sort out any remaining supply issues you are having.
DJ, the biggest change in supply is from 14-18 weeks gestation (give or take). That is when you are mostly like to see a supply drop. If you make it to about 20 weeks, usually your supply should remain pretty stable until the very end. I think every once in a while women have further drops, but not normally. My supply remained very stable for the last half of my pregnancy.
Tiger, I've been meaning to ask. What did you notice when you got pregnant while BFing? My boobs feel fucking HUGE! Alex hasn't been feeding any more or any less (still approx 2 night feeds). Sometimes I'm dozing off and he's still on the boob, but he always unlatches when he's done. I also have EWCM, if that means anything at all just now, lol!
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