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Pregnant, can I still nurse my 5 month old?

The title of my blog: Pregnant, can I still nurse my 5 month old?,  is the search term I’ve been using the past week in Google search. My son Mr. Man as you know is 5 months old and I’m pregnant again. Conceived our 2 nd miracle a good month ago 🙂 according to the on-line calculators. The age gap between them will be somewhere around 13 months. I won’t be out of the diapers any time soon.

What the heck, pregnant ?!?

In shock! Before Mr. Man I was told the changes of me being able to conceive naturally were very slim.

Birth control is something I’m not a big fan off mostly due to lack of long-term research on the effects of birth control on women so I stopped using the pill over a decade ago. Any type of pill a light one, one with just 1 hormone none of that mattered to me, no synthetic hormones were going to enter my body at all, an IUD was not an option either as the risks outweigh the pro’s for me. I came across the Lactational Amenorrhea Method, a  family planning method that is based on utilization of lactational infertility for protection from pregnancy providing safe and effective temporary child spacing. It may be used for up to six months postpartum during full or nearly full breastfeeding and amenorrhea, and has been shown in clinical trial to be 99 percent effective. 

I combined the LAM method with pulling out before ejaculation especially knowing the week of my ovulation making sure. Thought we had all bases covered 😉

I’ve been breastfeeding Mr. Man around the clock on demand, the universe most have had something else in mind as I received my period twice, jokingly I told Mr. Man; ask your brother or sister when he/she wants to come. My third period however never showed and now I have his brother or sister growing in my tummy.  With both my children I want to go all natural, breastfeed continuously even at a later age when breastfeeding is not feasible I’d still want to give them their birthright, which in my eyes is: giving them their own breast milk. Solution nursing, pumping and freezing.

My search went on from information on breastfeeding and everything around that to breastfeeding while pregnant.

breast and pregnant

Back into time:

Still paralysed from the waist down due to my emergency c-section nothing could hold me back from breastfeeding Mr. Man. The joy and love I felt no words can describe. Whenever he latches on I immediately go into a state of deep relaxation as I watch his eyes roll back in his sockets, doze off into a state of sleep and continues suckling even when my breast is “empty”. The little dribble of milk down his chin when he smiles while nursing is something amazing.

Back to the future:

So the question I ask myself is: how do I continue nursing Mr. Man, stay hydrated and nutritious enough to make sure all three of us have energy to grow and develop?

Lots and lots of water, drink my herbal teas and have Mr. Man continue to feed as previous with now adding some fruit twice a day. Mr. Hubby is a great cook so he’s providing us with nutritious food every single evening, mostly fish as we’re not really meat eaters and the veggies these days go more uncooked each day.

Why introducing solids now, while before this was something I initially didn’t want to introduce until Mr. Man is about 1 year of age. The answer is pretty simple: breastfeeding while pregnant can turn out to be very painful or your milk supply can decrease significantly around the 4th or 5th month.

According to La Leche:

Breastfeeding during pregnancy is perfectly safe. As long as you eat reasonably well, then your unborn baby will not be deprived of nutrients. Even if you suffer from morning sickness and find eating very difficult, your body will naturally go into overdrive to efficiently use all the nutrients it has access to in order to prevent you and the baby from being deficient. Once you are feeling better, then you can make up by eating plenty of nutritious food — and lots of it!

It is important to eat well. Depending on how old your nursing child is, you may need an additional 650 calories a day if he is under six months, or about 500 if he is now eating other foods. This is on top of the additional 350 (second trimester) and 450 (third trimester) calories you need during pregnancy.

 If your baby is less than six months of age and completely dependent on breast milk for sustenance when you conceive, your ability to nourish him during the next pregnancy may be of primary concern. Careful observation of his health and continued growth and weight gain is in order. Supplemental feedings of some sort may be needed. Older babies and toddlers who already eat a variety of other foods will demonstrate an increased appetite for these foods as your milk supply decreases.

Conclusion: continue to breastfeed throughout the pregnancy where the milk let’s me, continue to tandem nurse (will be a new topic) when our newborn arrives. Introduce more solids over the next few months so Mr. Man will easily adjust if “his” milk starts to taste funny or will not be enough to fill him up.

To all the mommies, it’s perfectly safe to breastfeed your child while being pregnant of your other growing miracle.

I trust that my body knows exactly what it’s doing there will be enough of everything for the three of us. We are wonderful mothers.

Much love,

Resources:

http://www.lalecheleague.org/nb/nbjanfeb08p32.html

http://www.lalecheleague.org/nb/nbjulaug00p116.html


Introducing part time bottle feeding to a full time breastfed baby

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Yesterday and today I’ve been completely occupied with baby bottles, teats, look a like nipples you name it.

My gosh, there are so many different products, within those products different ranges and on top of that a million different reviews and it’s so hard to find out which one really works.

I have the funny feeling that it will take me another couple of days to figure out what the best part time breast replacement will be for Mr. Man while I’m off at work and he needs to be fed without causing nipple confusion. As most of you know I’m exclusively breastfeeding and as much as I’d love to be home every single day of the week to care for him duty calls. Back to work next month in the meantime I slowly want to introduce him to his surrogate nipple so that he won’t be in “shock” when all of a sudden “his nipple” disappears twice a day all of the other feeds I’ll nurse him. To me there is no greater feeling then having him nurse on my breast. Instantly I feel relaxed, even more in love than I already am and for Mr. Man he just loves it, instant comfort as his eyes roll back and he dozes off on occasion even when he’s done nursing he’ll continue to suckle the perfect couple.

There’s a wide range of bottles and nipples so which one should I go for? I’m completely and utterly clueless. I have the MAM range bpa free anti colic bottles (never tried them yet) ideally I’d like to go for a glass bottle with a teat that functions just like my nipple.

I came across a great bottle called Bare with a nipple that moves in and out just like when a baby feeds on your breast, but it didn’t get enough funding so unfortunately this is not yet on the market (http://www.bittylab.com/)

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On to the next one so I found:Image

As mentioned before ideally I’d like a glass bottle however they are quite heavy and I don’t want Mr  Man to end up with a bruised forehead so reading about Mimijumi makes me seriously consider this item for the following reasons: Mimijumi Bottles are produced in Austria. All the bottles are BPA and latex free, EA free, and anti-colic – factors which will influence the decision of which baby bottle to give Mr. Man.

Medela Calma and Breastflow are very appealing also:

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Breastflow

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As for now first things first. Express lots of “liquid gold” and store it I’d like to build up a collection of breast milk for Mr. Man as the benefits outweigh introducing any other type of “milk”. Slowly introduce him to a bottle starting of with my MAM set I’ll write an update about how that’s working out if it doesn’t then ah well move on to another type of bottle.

The breast still remains my priority no matter how good of a breast pump you have the suction of your baby and the release of the hormones involved cannot be mimicked therefore breastfeed when you can and pump the rest if you’re a breastfeeding mommy.

Lots of love,

Resources:

http://mimijumi.co.uk/

Mimijumi is Award Winning
– 2012 Mom’s Best Hot Product Award #1 Baby Bottle
– BCPN Readers Choice #1 Baby Bottle
– Creative Child Top Choice of the Year Baby Bottle 2012
– 2011 Baby and Children’s Product News, 2011 Reader’s Favorites Award Winner, Baby Bottle Category
– 2010 I.D. Magazine Annual Design Review Winner – Equipment Category
– 2009 Spark Design Awards, Gold Award

(http://www.sbwire.com/press-releases/mimijumi-offers-new-baby-bottle-to-ease-breastfeeding-issues-193343.htm)


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