Congrats on bf for so long The special bond between mom & baby is just so special!
Bf and periods will differ for each woman. Some get their periods early on & for some, it just stays away hahaha. It doesn't mean you won't be able to fall pregnant. If you are ovulating, you can still get pregnant.
You definitely do not have to stop bf to fall pregnant, unless you were a high risk pregnancy patient. Some babies and toddlers wean during pregnancy and some will wean for that time but will want to feed again once baby is here and others will feed successfully right through. Some women get nipple aversion during pregnancy but have their own tactics of getting through it. I know of a lady who has 6 children and have been bf successfully throughout all her pregnancies <3
Currently breastfeeding my LB for 14months. Its been going really well and i love the bonding time.
However, i am ready for a second baby. And most of the articles say I need to wean my baby in order for that to happen?
Is there any truth in this?
I have been on the mini-pill (microval) since my LB 6 weeks checkup. SInce then I have not received a period.
I stopped the pill 9th Jan, and have still not gotten my period. Is this due to breastfeeding? I feed him between 4 and 7 times a day. Hardly ever any night feeds.
@blessedmom, I did some quick research after I mentioned the religiously we should stop breastfeeding at 2.
It seems that wasnt right. Will def do more research into it.
I dont know why I am panicking about the bf'ing this time around. I feel a lot less confident during this pregnancy than with the 1st. Im working through these things though, and hope to be in a good space really soon!
I think I come from the opposite end of the scale. My mum bf'ed her 5 kids. My elder sister bf'ed her 3 kids till just before 2. Religiously we need to stop at 2 (I really need to find out why though!) And so has every other female in my family! No formula feeding at all!
But now im suddenly panicking that I am not going to be able to do it, we are going to have an issue this time around. The first time around, I never considered that I would not be able to bf!
Nurses being too quick with formula, I had a 3.5kg baby, and they gave her a little formula the first night as her glucose levels were a little low! My mum freaked out, and I was out of hospital the next morning!!
Thanks for the info on paced bottle feeding, and the explanation of the NAPPI code.
@Blessedmom - I can relate to your story on bf your first baby 100%. I totally agree that the nurses are too quick with the formula. And like I said they told me to feed only every 3 hours or so. I was very disappointed that I could not get it right the first time so just like you I am very determined to make it work this time. Thank you for all your help and advise.
@ ninies - Yes, you get nice bf covers but I know a lot of mommies hate it & some babies don't like to be covered, which is perfectly understandable. They get hot & they want eye contact with mommy. It worked ok for me in the early newborn stage.
I was 25 when I had my daughter. I was totally clueless when it came to bf. I bf her in hospital but like most moms, I thought I didn't have enough milk. Not one nurse reassured me that they don't need a lot in the first few days & that they only need about 5mls colostrum per feed. They were just quick to bring the formula.
I am so angry at myself for giving up but when I fell pregnant with my son I was determined to make a success of it & I'm the biggest activist for bf mommies now hahaha. I love this journey & the intense bond we have. There will always be criticism from people, even your own friends & family. Don't let them get to you. Educate yourself as far as possible. There will always be ups & downs. My son is 3 & I'm still bf him & he feeds worse than a newborn BUT I tell myself that we won't have this special time forever & that I need to treasure this time we have as he is my last child x