Re: re-lactating after weaning because of guilt
One of the most valuable mothering lessons I learned was "Don't borrow trouble from the future." I understand why you can't imagine nursing while pregnant- though nipple soreness is generally a greater complaint than a big belly getting in the way!- but what if you end up being one of the women for whom nursing while pregnant is just fine?
We're planning on TTC #2 in August and I didn't want to continue breast feeding while pregnant because I can't imagine breast feeding being comfortable with a big belly.
I guess what I'm asking is, would you rather wean because you reach a point where you feel the need, or wean because you're afraid of what might happen?
Yes. Just remember that supply is going to be proportional to the number of nursing sessions. So if you don't have any daytime stimulation via pumping, your supply isn't going to be huge. It should still be enough for the number if nursing sessions you have, though.
1. Would it be possible to get a supply back if I start her back on night time feedings alone or would I have to pump as well?
A lot can change in just a few months, when it comes to how willing your child is to wean. Also, you may want to conceive in August, but nature may have other plans! The chances of a woman conceiving during any given cycle are low, and you might not get pregnant again for months after you start trying.
2. Should I just continue in the weaning process since August is only a few months away and I would have to go through this horrible weaning process anyway?
Yes, for most women it is completely safe to breastfeed while pregnant. The only exceptions to this rule are women with a history of miscarriage or preterm labor. Those women should probably wean, to avoid the possibility of nursing causing contractions which tip them over into an early labor.
3. Is it safe to breastfeed while pregnant? I've heard it could cause contractions and lead to early labor.
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