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Old 04-13-2012, 05:41 PM   #1
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Nursing during pregnancy questions...

So my dd just found out that she is expecting again! However, dgs is only 8 months, and still nursing a LOT. He is also dairy intolerant. It's been a LONG time since I was nursing and pg, and most of my weaned shortly after I got pregnant, but they were older. I have a few concerns for dd and dgs and was hoping for some input.

#1 - I want suggestions for what she can do to make sure that she ensures a healthy pg as well as staying healthy herself while still providing for dgs.

#2 - Non-dairy (and non-formula if you can think of any; she REALLY doesn't want to do any soy formula and I highly doubt he would drink it anyway) suggestions for introducing in a cup with his solids (he doesn't eat much at all) that she could use in the event she has a severely diminished supply before he is a year old. Is there any non-dairy milk that, maybe enhanced with something, would suffice?

Any other input you have would be appreciated!!

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Old 04-13-2012, 06:32 PM   #2
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Re: Nursing during pregnancy questions...

Congrats!

I got pregnant when DS was 9 months, and nursed him until he self-weaned at 15 months. My supply was great the whole time.

She needs to make sure that she eats healthy, nutrition-packed food. The babies will take what they need, but if she's not eating well it will take a huge toll on her body. I loaded up on spinach, salmon, chicken, beef, berries, sweet potatoes, quinoa, yogurt, beans, avocados...

What about goat milk if she needs to supplement?
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Old 04-13-2012, 09:54 PM   #3
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Re: Nursing during pregnancy questions...

Not sure how he'd do with goat's milk, and also not sure if they have a source. They are in Hawaii.

I will pass on the info about the diet stuff you posted - great tips! I just hope she can keep up some sort of supply until he is at least a year.
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Re: Nursing during pregnancy questions...

I became pregnant with baby #2 when my first was only 5 months old. Zero solids. He nursed the entire pregnancy and then tandem nursed for 9 months.

The very worst of it was the nipple pain, had he not been so young (and refusing a bottle when while I worked 2 days a week) I may have weaned him just for that.

My supply did drop, at about 12 weeks I could no longer pump anything at all though I could still hand express a tiny amount. He was still gaining, and nursing several times a day, so I didn't worry about it very much.

I drank LOTS of water to make sure I was hydrated at all times, also eating oatmeal for breakfast seemed to help.

My ob told me at my first appointment that I needed to wean him immediately. I'm glad I had looked into it and talked with my mom (a former LLL leader) about it before hand. Her reasoning was that I would be more likely to have a calcium deficiency, so I took some tums every day throughout the pregnancy.

Another thing I had to watch as time went on, was contractions. I had them everyday, often 4-5 minutes apart for hours start at about 16 weeks. Though they were regular, I could usually get them to go away by drinking water and resting, and they never got any stronger.

I was told to come in if I had more than 6 in an hour, but that happened nearly everyday, so I just kept a careful eye on them.

Baby #2 was born at 36 weeks 3 days, but my 1st and third were both early too, so I don't think that the extra contractions from bf caused that. It was my fastest and easiest labor though. I had been gearing up for a long time.
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Re: Nursing during pregnancy questions...

MotherLove Makes More Milk Two which helps some moms with supply during pregnancy.

Have her read "Adventures in Tandem Nursing." It covers nutritional needs when nursing and pregnant.
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Re: Nursing during pregnancy questions...

Tons of water, a good diet, and plenty of rest are key. It's no doubt a challenge but it can be done with a little persistance.

I am currently nursing and pregnant. I became pregnant when DD was 5 months and the most difficult part has been the extra fatigue from growing a baby and producing milk. Also sore nipples hit about four months in, and my skin is more sensitive as it becomes more stretched and DD loves to pinch and scratch.
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Re: Nursing during pregnancy questions...

Thanks! This is encouraging!
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The biggest challenges for me so far (dd is 13 months old and I am almost 16 weeks pregnant) have been the excruciating nipple pain and eating enough. I've actually been losing weight (I have plenty to spare so I'm not that worried), and weigh less now then when I got pregnant. I just can't keep up. Between chasing dd, being sick and stressed I don't eat enough.

As far as milk supplements, what about an almond/coconut/or rice milk? She should be able to get to atleast 1 year without any supply issues, but I realize everyone is different. There are a few things to encourage her supply to keep up, but I think the best is nursing frequently and tons of water. I've heard alfalfa, oatmeal and beer off the top of my head are all supply boosters and safe during pregnancy. Just make sure she nurses a lot! And congrats to her and your family
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