When I first started nursing Fox, I had the pleasure of joining a La Leche League group full of peculiar women – women who had nursed their babies through infancy into toddlerhood, and managed to carry on through pregnancies to tandem nurse their babies with their toddlers. It was a little overwhelming to be around all of these moms who nursed much longer than I had ever expected to, but they were always warm and welcoming, and so I joined the group.
(Yes, that’s really me at the end of the first trimester. I’m showing already!)
And, now, I am joining the ranks of the pregnant and tandem breastfeeding moms!
I’m fortunate enough to have a pretty easy go at the pregnancy thing. I’m hardly tired, and I don’t really get morning sickness. I am grateful to be low-risk, as well, which allows me to continue breastfeeding my toddler safely through my pregnancy.
There aren’t a lot of resources on breastfeeding through pregnancy, and certainly I was lucky to find such a wonderful group of moms, so I figured I would share some of my experiences with breastfeeding through pregnancy!
Breastfeeding Through the First Month of Pregnancy
The first month was easy. I had barely found out I was pregnant and it was gone already! I still had plenty of milk and kiddo didn’t notice a difference. Honestly, nursing during the first month was exactly like nursing the months prior.
Breastfeeding Through the Second Month of Pregnancy
In the second month of pregnancy, I started noticing a change in Fox’s nursing pattern. She started eating more and nursing less – she had still been breastfeeding 4-7 times per day, and it decreased to more like 3 times a day (upon waking, for nap time, and for bed time).
I also became more sensitive to her breastfeeding. It wasn’t painful, per se, but when Fox would latch I would twinge a bit. I wasn’t in great pain, but latch-on was always a bit…fierce and unexpected.
Breastfeeding Through the Third Month of Pregnancy
The third month was going about the same as the second month, except about halfway through (around week 11) I saw a major dip in my milk supply. Fox still nurses at night and for naps. but she isn’t even asking to nurse except when she is sleepy anymore. I can no longer hand express any milk (not even drops!), but that hasn’t deterred little Foxy from her favorite and most comforting activity.
I did notice that towards the end of the third month, the twinge I was feeling when she latched on has dissipated. It doesn’t even make me blink anymore.
There you have it, the first three months of breastfeeding through a pregnancy! Come back in a few months to see what the second trimester has in store for us!
Have you nursed through a pregnancy? Tandem nursed? Or are curious? Drop a note in the comments or come share on Facebook!