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Old 12-30-2007, 08:49 PM   #1
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preggo & DD 1 wants to nurse constantly

Anyone have any experience like this? DD was down to nursing only before naps & bedtime & now suddenly wants to nurse ALL THE TIME! she's 15 mos & probably teething but I think I might be carrying #2 - waiting til missed period to test - but I've always heard that nursing children often don't like the "taste" when mom becomes pregnant & self wean.
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Re: preggo & DD 1 wants to nurse constantly

hugs--this is really hard---I went through this with dd and she was 3--it got better than worse toward the end of my pg but she never did wean--I do know other mamas who's lodid wean --sorry not too helpful but I know what you're going through
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Re: preggo & DD 1 wants to nurse constantly

i wonder if it's just a 15mo teething thing.
my lo is 15mo and i'm 23wks pregnant, weaning isn't in sight.
he usually just nurses once a day and that's for nap time, but the last few days he's been asking constantly and of course i give it to him.
he has 4 teeth coming in so i think it may be that.

oh, also
if you are pregnant, your milk supply may have diminished some.
she may be used to getting more at a time and since she's not, she's asking more often to get the amount she's used to.
i think that sometimes it's your supply diminishing that actually helps weaning.

does that help?

i don't know how to get her to wean if your wanting her to do that.
maybe try only nursing her to sleep, when you know she's actually going to fall asleep. and the other times give her a drink from a cup and distract her with a book or toy.



just giving some ideas.
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Old 01-01-2008, 03:01 PM   #4
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Re: preggo & DD 1 wants to nurse constantly

I'd also bet on teething. When I got pregnant my son (18 months at the time) wanted to nurse all of the time. It was so painful I thought I'd lose my mind. Turns out he was getting his 2 year molars and once they were in he chilled out some.

Some kids do self-wean. Others don't. There are times when kids are more easily weaned though, so if you want to wean when your pregnant you may have missed the first window (13-15 months) and have to wait for the next which comes around 19-21 months. Right now, at almost 22 months, my son hasn't nursed in 18 days. I haven't offered and he hasn't asked. I'm so relieved.
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Re: preggo & DD 1 wants to nurse constantly

When I became pregnant with my son, my daughter was about 17 months old. My first clue that I was pregnant was that my daughter suddenly wanted to nurse all the time, it hurt, and she was really clingy. This was 40-45 days after conception -- it was only my second postpartum cycle, and I actually had an entirely normal period about a week after conception, so it took me a while to get a clue.

I let her nurse whenever she wanted, and after a couple of weeks, things settled down. Then during my second trimester, when she was about 20 months old, the same thing happened again (minus the clinginess), except this time it was agonizingly painful. I honestly thought it seemed like my daughter was frustrated and not getting what she needed out of nursing either, so I felt it would be best for both of us to wean at that point. It was fine with her -- she readily accepted alternate beverages and activities. And I definitely didn't have any milk left, because I never had a moment's engorgement or leaking despite going from nursing many times a day to not at all cold turkey.
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