Why are they saying you should wean first? Are they old school?
They do seem old school... but they are saying the risk of BF while pregnant may induce labor and already being "high risk" next time.
I'm pretty sure that's been debunked about it inducing labor. Why are you high risk? (Ignore me if you don't want to share.) I mean, I'm sure there are legit reasons to wean before getting pregnant, but I would want to know what the actual risks associated were before I would force my kid to wean before they're ready.
i think that's outdated advice- or just advice given without thinking- like "oh, it's IDEAL if you wean before TTC."
my understanding regarding nursing through pregnancy is that unless you are on complete pelvic rest, it is safe. the uterus is not sensitive to oxytocin until baby is close to term. maybe you are at an increased risk for having preeclampsia again, but i don't see how nursing through pregnancy would have any effect on that.
there is also a chance that your LO will choose to wean during pregnancy- some kids self-wean during 1st trimester because the taste of your milk changes. others self-wean during 2nd trimester because supply dries up then for most women.
as far as TTC, there is no reason you can't while BFing (unless your period hasn't returned due to BFing, or your cycles are so irregular that you are having trouble determining when you're ovulating).
Post by judyblume14 on May 3, 2017 10:23:41 GMT -5
I was nursing my toddler through my first trimester with DD2. She self-weaned when I was about 4 months pregnant, when she was almost 2 years old. She, however, was only nursing 1-2x per day at that point, not as much as yours.
Post by hurricanerek on May 5, 2017 8:38:57 GMT -5
As far as ttc goes, some women have no problem breastfeeding and conceiving. Others find that they need to drop a session or two in order to start their cycles again. Very rarely does a woman have to completely wean in order to conceive.
Pp are correct that you most likely won't have to wean. The only time there is a concern breastfeeding during pregnancy is when a mom is at risk for pre-term labor.
Some doctors recommend what yours did. I also hear about other docs telling women to wean their older nursling by 20 weeks. I haven't seen research to support this advice except in the instance of a high risk situation.
are you tracking your cycles yet? i would start there - if you're able to detect ovulation and your luteal phases aren't short, i can't see why you'd be advised to hold off on TTC. a lot can happen in 4 months, too!
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