Hi. I just wanted to share our story in case it helps others. I breastfed our oldest daughter throughout my entire pregnancy. At the beginning of pregnancy, she was 21 months old and nursing day and night very frequently (11 fast nursings a 24 hr period longer nursing to sleep and am feedings) and not doing solids well. She day weaned mainly on her own a few months later and started eating solids much better. At about 8 months pregnant, I decided to night wean b/c she was nursing so much at night (I'd tried a few months earlier but it didn't work). That was somewhat hard but we did it very gently and she nursed when the sun came up (a week of waking up extra early ensued). I enjoyed nursing her while pregnant b/c she still enjoyed it a lot and basically never got sick and was very healthy.
I was open to tandem nursing but a little worried about it. I had read Adventures in Tandem Nursing and spoken with moms who are tandem nursing.
At 38 weeks pregnant, she was down to 1 morning feeding a day and we began distracting her in the am if someone else was home (ie on the weekends). It ended up that our last nursing was 47 hours before I delivered our second daughter. I did not know it was our last at the time and have very happy memories of it. She crawled up from her bed onto ours with a huge smile and said "Can I have some "mama" and laughed and was so excited. We nursed. The next day she wanted to see her Grandma right away and didn't ask to nurse and the day after that I delivered. At the hospital she asked once but then got distracted before I could even answer. She asked a total of a few times since weaning but always got distracted on her own right away so it wasn't even like I was rejecting her although at that point I would have preferred not to tandem. Since she asked about having "mama" and I was becoming engorged, I pumped about 4 times for her and let her help. We talked about how the pumped milk was just for her and that her baby sister was helping the milk come out for her big sister. She asked for pumped milk a few times and I gave it to her letting her know that mommy made it special for her and pointing out that it was yummy being cold. Then she just stopped asking about it.
I feel that it was almost a natural weaning with some pushes from me (night weaning gently, some distraction) and it feels really good. She is almost 2.5 and her sister is 4 weeks. She's transitioned really well and has been happy for the most part.
Thanks for letting me share this story and maybe it will help esp the pumping idea. Right now with our baby, we're dealing with OALD/oversupply and yeast, and I had mastitis so it is fun to write something positive.