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Old 09-04-2007, 11:34 AM   #11
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Im sorry ..How hard it mmust be foir the both of u

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Old 09-04-2007, 02:01 PM   #12
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Uh, we are there too. DD is 12 months old and I found out I was PG last Friday. My milk supply has dropped to almost nothing in the past week. I was trying all sorts of stuff thinking AF was coming on since I always have a low supply with AF. DD was frustrated, I was frustrated.......

DD does take a sippy cup or bottle well. So, I have been giving her a cup of soy milk (doesn't tolerate milk products). She is still nursing several times a day but it is just for probably less than a minute. I know she isn't getting much from the breast but with offering the cup too then I know she is getting what she needs. She is also a great eater, loves finger foods, table foods, etc.
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Old 09-04-2007, 02:34 PM   #13
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Re: A mama here begging for weaning advice...I am very sad

Same here, Misty! My dd is now 10 months old, and I am 5 months preggo. About a month ago, I could tell that my milk was drying up really quickly, and within about 2 weeks, I had almost nothing left. She now "nurses" (for comfort only) in the mornings, and only for about 1 minute. I don't think she quite understands yet that it's all gone.

I have been really sad since this all began. I never planned on BFing until right before she was born. Then I planned to "stick it out" for 3 months. 3 turned into 6. 6 into 9. and then I planned on EBF. But no go. I recently discovered that if I don't offer up the boobie, she rarely "requests" it. It's made it much easier knowing that she is ok with the change.

A friend of mine weaned at 15 months, and like pp's, said that "don't offer, don't refuse," and lots of distraction worked for them. Hope you find something that works for you both. I know the pain!
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Old 09-04-2007, 10:38 PM   #14
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Re: A mama here begging for weaning advice...I am very sad

I've been there, too mama. I got pg when ds was 15 months. I had planned to nurse him longer, but he weaned by 18 months because I was too exhausted and I think my milk changed in 2nd trimester. I see lots of good advise here, hope all goes well. BTW I was worried when his little bro came and saw me nursing him he'd get jealous and want to nurse, too. That didn't happen even once. Sometimes he says baby eating ba-ba or boobie(DD's word), but none of the problems I anticipated. Once he was off the boob, it was over for him. Good luck mama, I know what you're going through.
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Old 09-05-2007, 12:35 AM   #15
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Re: A mama here begging for weaning advice...I am very sad

I stopped nursing DS to sleep for naps or bedtime when he was about 8-9 months old and nightweaned when he was just over a year old. Right about that time he began eating for nourishment instead of for fun, and learned to walk. I discovered that if I kept him busy and offered lots of food and cuddles, my son wouldn't even ask to nurse until the afternoon most days. He is close to 14 months old now, and nurses about 3 times a day (4:30ish am and twice in the afternoon/evening). Once he is reliably and willingly drinking from a cup, I think we will be done entirely, but that doesn't seem to be happening anytime soon. So i guess my advice to you is don't nurse to sleep, have your husband take over at night, and keep your toddler occupied and full of good food. HTH!!
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I know how you feel, mama. I love breastfeeding, but I must say that it was a HUGE relief when I weaned my ds while pregnant. Near the end, I realized that I didn't even have much milk, and he as mostly just chomping on the boob like a pacifier!

I started out by spacing out sessions, he was constantly on and off the boob, so the first step was to wait 1 hour before nursing again. Then when that got to be normal (after a week or so) it went to every 2 hours, then to 3 hours, then to 3 times a day (morning, naptime, and nighttime). Stopping the nighttime nursings was 2 nights of snuggling with papa and a lot of crying, but by the 3rd night, he slept the whole night through and has kept it up ever since! Next I replaced the morning with yummy breakfast...something he really liked (oatmeal). When we stopped naptime, he would just konk out at night and be too tired to nurse. And so he was weaned when I started the last trimester. I though I woulda nursed him till 3, and tandum nursed, too...but it just wasn't really happening for my pregnant body, and I'm glad he was weaned before the newborn arrived. Good luck, mama!
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I am feeling so much better thanks to you all! I also posted this on a few other boards ad got very few responses, so thank you!
I have completely dropped the evening session and have started to pump the one breast that hurts worse than the other. I looked a few days ago and saw that her tooth had scraped my nipple and that is why the right one is in SOOO much pain. She has taken the pumped milk from a bottle at night fine but in the day doesn't really want it. And I realized by pumping that my supply has dropped so much. I never pumped much, only when her teeth scraped me, but when I did I would get 6 oz easy, in like 5 minutes. But it took me about 20 minutes to get not even 2 oz each time now. So I know that I have a low supply now.
She eats great in the day, she would eat all day if she could, she loves food and even begs for ours after she has finished her huge dinner. So I know that she is getting enough to eat. I also fill her sippy with water 2-4 times a day, so she is getting enough to drink.
Last night my DH went in to try to sooth her back to sleep, since she woke up after only 2 hours (usually 4 hours for the first stretch in the night). He rocked her and she cried and cried and then got calm and her kept it up till he was sure that she was asleep, but as soon as her laid her down she started to cry again. I finally finished pumping the whole 2 oz and gave it to her and she fell right asleep.
I tried to give her cow's milk the other day and she wanted nothing to do with it, so I added a small bit of natural sugar to make it sweeter like mommies milk, but no go. I bought some soy milk yesterday and will try today, my DH is also asking the farmers he knows if any of them have goat's for milk. So we will see. My DH will be able to take a week off at the end of the month to do her night stuff, so I will just keep trying till then. Thanks again ladies ad bless you for caring! Danni
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Old 09-05-2007, 08:37 AM   #18
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Just my experience with the soreness on one side...

My DD bit me a few weeks ago, drew blood, worse pain I had ever had!! I had a horrible time nursing her on that side, pumping was bad too. However, I found that if I put her in football hold with her head on pillows she was at a different angle and it was a world of difference, so you may try a different position that normal. It was about a week before it healed up.

Also, I bought the vanilla soy milk and she likes it. Didn't try the regular soy...it smells though....
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I disagree with this milk doesn't always dry up in pregnancy..
That's why I said "likely". Because it often does happen. It did with me. It did with every bf'ing and pg mama I know. Not that it happens to everyone, but it is very common. Your body is busy producing other fluids for the baby and is not focusing on the milk.
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