okay I just thought of another one...
I've read that you can go a long time without having a period when you're nursing. Does that mess up your hormones or cause any issues I might need to know about?
If you think about it this way - we are feeding our babies the way nature intended - doesn't it seem like anything that happens as a result is because it's supposed to be that way? It helps to naturally space children out.
Lilah 10/08 nursed 25 months
Beatrix 01/11 nursed 30 months
When you nurse you and baby are flooded with the hormone oxytocin - the loving/bonding hormone. Your estrogen levels are very low. That means less or no sex drive. The oxytocin makes me a laid back happy mama. I am still period free at 14.5 months. When Brandon sleeps through the night you are more likely to get period back then.
Silas born May 2009 ~ Nursed 18 mos, weaned during pregnancy, unweaned at 24 months, still nursing when he feels like it
Lola born March 2011 ~ The Mary Lou Retton of toddler nursing
Married to Brandon
Using cloth on both bums
We hibernate together
BUT - its REALLY important to know that you CAN get pregnant before your period returns!
Sometimes the initial blast of hormone/change can lead to post partum depression but nursing doesn't make that more likely. Just make sure you talk to your foster mom about watching for signs of it.
I am so glad you are in a supportive environment. You are going to be an amazing mom. Keep us posted.
proud but exhausted working mammy to two high needs babies
- my surprise baby: the one and only D-Man born 3 weeks late (5/5/08) at 9 lbs 14 oz and 21.5 inches, and
- the shock H-Girl born about a week late (10/7/09) at 8lbs 15oz and 20.75 inches.
If I am here I am covered in baby (probably two) and fighting for control of the keyboard.
Family beds are awesome
Wondering if you have PPD? Take the screening and see your doctor. You deserve to feel better.