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Nursing Discomfort During Pregnancy

I know there are mamas on here who nursed through pregnancy. (Danielle for sure. Anyone else?) Nursing T is pretty uncomfortable. I've heard that the discomfort will go away. How long? I want to wait it out, but if the discomfort will last until I have the new baby, I will much more seriously consider weaning. If the pain will pass quickly, I want to make sure she continues to nurse frequently, since it's difficult to maintain a supply through pregnancy. Anyone know how long it will last? Anyone want to share their experience of nursing through pregnancy?

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What kind of discomfort is

What kind of discomfort is it? Uterine pain? Sore nipples? Something else? It seems like there are different possible ways to address it depending on what, specifically, the issue is.

Finn stopped nursing more than a year before I became pregnant this time around, but I found some resources that might be helpful to you.
http://www.llli.org/FAQ/bfpregnant.html says:

"Some mothers develop tender nipples during pregnancy. Careful attention to your child's position can help. Breathing techniques from childbirth classes can help you cope with the increased sensitivity. The breathing techniques may also help if you become restless while your toddler breastfeeds. If your child is old enough, you can ask him or her to nurse more gently or for shorter periods of time. This will help with both your tender nipples and your feelings of restlessness.

Women who breastfeed while pregnant often find their milk supply decreases around the fourth or fifth month. If your breastfeeding baby is less than a year old, watch his weight gain to be sure he is getting enough to eat. It's also not uncommon for the flavor of your milk to change. These changes may prompt some older toddlers to nurse less often or to wean entirely."

and http://www.kellymom.com/nursingtwo/faq/13sorenipples.html seems to have good info too.

Also, talking to a lactation consultant or one of La Leche Leagues volunteer consultants/breastfeeding buddies might be really useful. I know I talked to someone from LLL when I was have a really specific breastfeeding issue, and she was really helpful and worked me through it until the situation was resolved.

Good luck with it!

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I have no experience with

I have no experience with this but I keep forgetting you are pregnant. I am so excited for you!

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How far along are you? Every

How far along are you?

Every time I was pregnant my boobs hurt SO bad, and I was not even nursing. Do you think it is just normal pregnancy breast pain that is worsened because of the breastfeeding?? Usually the pregnancy related breast pain goes away in the second trimester. I have no idea, however, how breastfeeding mixes with that

Sorry, I dont think that much help at all. I hope it gets better for you.

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Wow, you are definatly a

Wow, you are definatly a trooper. Im 5 months, and my breasts are PAINFUL. and I am not breastfeeding. My nipples are also constantly itching, and flaking. It's not at all pleasent.

It's gotten to the point where I just hang out topless in my room at night, with lotion on (helps with the itching). Also, with nothing touching my breasts, it gives them a chance to not hurt. I also have to wear very supportive bra's. Underwire and all. It stops pain during the day (but when I take the bra off..my god does it hurt).

I really respect your ability to stick with the breastfeeding during pregnancy...my boobs hurt soo badly, without the breastfeeding...coundlt imagine breastfeeding on top of it!

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Amanda (Sativastarr) would

Amanda (Sativastarr) would know. My phone got turned off and I know she doesnt have internet access but I'll see if I can get ahold of her so she can come check this post out

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I nursed thru 5 months of

I nursed thru 5 months of pregnancy, It was painful. I don't remember much of it now, but i remember it hurting and that was one of the main reasons why i weaned Alexa.

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I nursed Avalon until she

I nursed Avalon until she self weaned 3-4 months into my pregnancy. And it HURT.. my poor boobs were so tender and sensitive I wanted to scream everytime she latched.. but I stuck it out until she decided she had enough.. I think it was the changein my milk's taste and supply decrease that influenced her early weaning.. I really wanted to tandem nurse, but she just wasnt having it.

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Thanks everyone. It's good to

Thanks everyone. It's good to hear other perspectives on it. My daughter has a very good latch - and she's old enough that we can talk about making nursing more comfortable. But I still have a considerable amount of discomfort in my chest when she nurses. I've really been making an effort to carry a book with me to try to keep me distracted. Still, from what I've heard, I am discouraging her from nursing. She has a difficult time hearing that she cannot nurse, but she often will agree to "five seconds" of nursing. If she refuses, we do a normal nursing session. The hard part is that she is not okay with this at night at all - and she still nurses a lot at night. I'm hoping to get a disc man or something (old school, I know) to listen to books-on-cd, so that the sound doesn't keep her up but I have something to keep my mind off it. I'm not sleeping well at all. My apartment's a wreck because I'm so exhausted after half a dozen nursing sessions at night keeping me up that I have trouble not trying to steal a nap every time she's occupied.

Anyway, thanks for the support.

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Alexa was night weaned when I

Alexa was night weaned when I got pregnant. It wasn't a fun process, but we nursed right before bed, and then there was lots of crying involved, she was a lot like T where she didn't want to hear that she couldn't nurse. But at the same time, I needed my sleep.