My son was still interested around 13-15 months, but the length of a session was decreased to some extent, but he still nursed frequently. I suspect he would still be nursing had I not dried up due to pregnancy, actually.Originally Posted by pipsmom
Nursing does not have to complicate getting pregnant again. If you are already cycling, then you should be able to conceive. If you aren't (as I was not at a year), then it might be harder. We had to drop night feeding entirely for me to cycle, and we conceived on the next ovulation. DS was about 14 months old when I got pregnant again.
The biggest problem I had with being pregnant and nursing was the SEVERE nipple soreness. I have a very high pain tolerance, but I would sorta dread nursing sessions because it hurt a lot. Made me, Miss Natural Childbirth of Enormous Babies, want to cry. Not all women have that problem.
I also lost my supply pretty early, and I'm just now, at 35 weeks, leaking some colostrum. That's probably why he stopped nursing; it was all about the milk for him, not comfort.
The nice part was I got to sit down during the early pregnancy exhaustion, and I miss that now in the third trimester as I feel like I never get to just sit any longer! And I'm even more tired now.
I also have a severe and unusual oversupply and overactive letdown problem that lasted until 10+ months, and I'm sort of hoping my toddler will want to nurse to take some of that away. A toddler understands limits, so it would be possible to limit the older child's time at the breast and use the toddler's nursing time to reduce engorgement and leaking instead of pushing the supply.
I have been told, however, that what we experienced the first time around with severe oversupply and leakage may not be true for subsequent children as our bodies may have learned to adjust better, having been there, done that once already; I've stocked up on heavy duty wool nursing pads just in case though