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    Default Weaning...then nursing again

    My DS is 19 mo - I have had no return of fertility and am considering weaning to get pregnant. He currently is only nursing before bed. I have seen a fertility specialist (bloodwork/ultrasound) - he says there is nothing obviously wrong, that nursing is probably just continuing to make my ovaries dormant.

    My question is...

    If I wean DS and then get pregnant, would he be able to go back to nursing 1-2 x/day after a pregnancy was established? I know that pregnancy would likely decrease my supply, but I think that he would nurse even if he was not getting much.

    Does anyone have experience with this? Do LOs try to nurse again after they see a new baby nursing? Do they forget how to latch and nurse when they don't do it for several months?

    Thanks to anyone for your BTDT or support!
    Mommy to DS - 12/29/2007 and DD - 4/11/2010
    We are taking tandem nursing day by day

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    Default Re: Weaning...then nursing again

    Hi Ladies -

    I am bumping this to see if anyone has had this experience. Thanks!
    Mommy to DS - 12/29/2007 and DD - 4/11/2010
    We are taking tandem nursing day by day

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    Default Re: Weaning...then nursing again

    No useful advice, but I may be trying to do something similar myself in a year's time or more (long story), so interested in thoughts people have.

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    Default Re: Weaning...then nursing again

    I never had to do that but I read that once LO is weaned, he'll forget how to latch. I'm not an expert, I'm sure someone else will chime in with more info

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    Default Re: Weaning...then nursing again

    In regards to latching, what about the LOs who nurse only every couple weeks? How do they keep from forgetting how to latch?

    Do LOs sometimes resume nursing when they see the new baby doing it? I would tandem nurse my babies, but cannot seem to get pregnant despite months of trying. I don't know what else to do.
    Mommy to DS - 12/29/2007 and DD - 4/11/2010
    We are taking tandem nursing day by day

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    Default Re: Weaning...then nursing again

    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*mykidsmom View Post
    In regards to latching, what about the LOs who nurse only every couple weeks? How do they keep from forgetting how to latch?

    Do LOs sometimes resume nursing when they see the new baby doing it? I would tandem nurse my babies, but cannot seem to get pregnant despite months of trying. I don't know what else to do.
    I've never heard of any LO's nursing every few weeks. I have heard of some older preschoolers nursing once a week though once they're at the tail end of nursing and about to wean.

    There are a few moms on here who weaned completely before or during the pregnancy and had their older toddlers resume nursing once the baby was born and the milk supply came back. You can teach them how to latch, a lot of demonstration of how to open up wide is the key.

    Have you had AF back at all? I was in the same position, my LO was 19 months and we were starting to think of having another baby. I took Vitex to gain my fertility back (it's safe for BF'ing) and I didn't have to wean. I got pregnant when he was 22 months.
    Lisa

    Mommy to
    Logan 5-23-07
    Colby 12-14-09

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    Default Re: Weaning...then nursing again

    greenmomma, does Vitex increase your milk supply? I don't need that! I am about willing to try anything though!
    Mommy to DS - 12/29/2007 and DD - 4/11/2010
    We are taking tandem nursing day by day

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