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tentrevival 01-13-2012 09:43 AM

anyone nurse 3 before? tandem, not triplets
 
I nursed my first son, Efrim, all the way through my second pregnancy, and tandem nursed both boys until about six weeks ago (at 13 and 28 mos.)

I got pregnant when DS2, Julian, started solids, just like last time, only Julian was a lot rougher nursling, and it was getting really painful this time around. Both boys got to the point of nursing only if I asked or initiated the nursing session. The only time they asked for milk was first thing in the morning in our bed.

I really think I was nearly dry. I didn't dry up last time, but the painfulness and their lack of interest indicate to me that not much was coming out.

So the week before Thanksgiving I just started getting up when they did, instead of lying i bed, and quit asking if they wanted to nurse before naps and such. Within two weeks they were completely weaned. I never had to say no. I think it was just like weaning should be.

BUT they have both been sick with one thing after another ever since. I know it is a cold yucky season, but they just didn't used to get sick very often. I am so frustrated, and feel like I've taken away a defense that was helping them so much.

Julian has been curious about my breasts a lot lately, and I am figuring he will start nursing again when my milk comes in for little one. Nursing was never much of an emotional relationship with him like it was with my older son, so I am kind of looking forward to this opportunity, now that he interacts more.

Here is my question though, after all of that background. I think if I offer it my 2 yo will nurse some again if I have milk, and it may help his immune system so he can quit getting bronchitis, but is that crazy? to restart nursing a 30 mo after he weaned so willingly? will it take too much from the new baby or will my body be able to keep up? I just want him to quit being sick all of the time. I feel guilty for stopping when they were both happy.

4boys1girlforme 01-13-2012 09:51 AM

Re: anyone nurse 3 before? tandem, not triplets
 
I'm curious what others will say but I would worry they will "forget" how to nurse and won't latch correctly possibly causing you soreness.
Maybe offer them citrus foods to up their vitamin C intake? All my boys began drinking oj every morning a little over a year ago and I can see a big difference in how often they get sick and in both in severity and duration.

NSB 01-13-2012 09:56 AM

Re: anyone nurse 3 before? tandem, not triplets
 
You could always just pump a bit to have some milk for them in the fridge :)

4boys1girlforme 01-13-2012 10:00 AM

Re: anyone nurse 3 before? tandem, not triplets
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by NSB (Post 14446161)
You could always just pump a bit to have some milk for them in the fridge :)

This is true but I wouldn't mess with a pump until you have a good supply in and your newborn has regulated it to what she needs- maybe 3 or 4 weeks- then I'd pump maybe each morning and split that between your boys.

tibeca 01-13-2012 12:29 PM

Re: anyone nurse 3 before? tandem, not triplets
 
You wouldn't be the first mama to nurse 3 babies (not triplets). Decide what is right for you. BUT, if that doesn't seem right, it is totally okay to give them pumped milk. I plan on pumping for my 3 1/2 (then 4 yo) next winter to prevent the yuckies. I'm paying the price seeing what sickness looks like when there's no milkies to help. I'd still be nursing her now 14 month old sister and a new baby by then.

Truckerswife 01-13-2012 01:46 PM

I would if my now 2 year old wanted to but he doesn't he stopped nursing at 18 months when I was pregnant with # 3
I am currently nursing DD1 17 months and DD2 3 months DS is 28 months and has no interest he won't even drink pumped milk if I offer it to him


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