Tuesday, April 28, 2009

To wean or not to wean

As I’m expecting, my supply had decreased extraordinarily. Iman’s Paed suggested giving FM as she needs more nutrition daily. We r in the midst of introducing Iman with FM. Had tried Mamex Gold (soy-based) but she seems to dislike it. Next is Enfagrow A+ with Vanilla flavor which she can take it, initially but now, she just refused to drink from bottle. With all the trouble, I prefer to continuously breastfeed as it is more convenient and Iman will love it, undoubtedly.

Papa is very reliable when it comes to pregnancy. As what he used to do, he again enrolled me in the BabyCentre.com, continuously remind me for the check-up (I’ve yet arrange for any appointment) n not forgetting my pills!!! Ahaks~~

Nway, this what he got from BabyCentre.com

Is it safe to continue breastfeeding while pregnant?

Expert Answers

Jan Barger, lactation consultant

Absolutely! Millions of women through the ages have breastfed during pregnancy and continued to nurse an older child along with the new baby.

Many mothers have questions about how this works and whether nursing while pregnant could trigger premature labor or take nutrients away from the unborn baby. They may find that healthcare professionals are sometimes quick to recommend weaning — but if so, it's worth asking why. It's possible that the doctor or practitioner hasn't really researched the topic of nursing while pregnant.

There's a link between nursing and labor contractions, but it's not worrisome. Oxytocin is the hormone that's released when your baby suckles; it causes your milk to let down. Oxytocin is also what triggers labor contractions (and is the hormone that's released during orgasm).

The amount of oxytocin that causes milk to flow is a lot less than the amount of oxytocin that's needed to cause labor contractions, though, so there's no need to worry. One exception would be if your healthcare practitioner has put you on "pelvic rest" (no breast play, no intercourse) for preterm labor; if this is the case, then weaning will be necessary.

You don't need to be concerned about your unborn baby receiving enough nourishment while you're nursing his older sibling, either. Human bodies are amazing. They can maintain their own health and make milk for a newborn and provide adequate nutrition for his fast-growing sibling. You might be hungrier because of all this work, though — so go ahead and enjoy that peanut butter and jelly sandwich!

That's not to say you'll continue nursing without any changes. You may find that your nipples become tender again (like they may have been when you first started nursing). Your milk supply might go down a bit, and the taste of your milk may change (your nursing child will probably be quick to let you know!).

Sometimes an older child will wean himself during mom's pregnancy; sometimes the mother decides that she'd rather not nurse as her pregnancy progresses or that she wants to wean before the new baby comes. And some moms believe that nursing both siblings will help the children get closer to each other. It's your decision, so whatever you choose to do — enjoy!”

Hmm, weaning is necessary but I choose not to totally stop her from breastfeeding. Well, I guess I need to slowly teach Iman to drink FM n not to solely depend on my BM. Our trials were not really successful but we shall take 1 step at a time. U can do it, Kak Long Iman!! :)


Wafaa said...

wah expecting? Congratulations!! kak Long Iman kena behave la nanti :)

Anonymous said...

che ah dah bape bulan?
mari beramai2 pregnant..weeee~~


im_an_ibu said...

thanx wafaa~~

br 6 weeks. u preggy as well? we r in the same boat!!

Mommy Lyna said...

Wow! We hav lots of December babies dis year! Congrates u ols! Me? Cuti dulular. Hehe.

Anonymous said...

che ah, now baru 5 weeks..hihih..
betol2 end of december baby... :D
take care ok ibu iman...


im_an_ibu said...

thanx along!!

mard, u take care too ya.. ~~

JOELY said...

merasa jugak ko tandem bf...aku konfem xlrt dgn bdn cikeding aku ni ha...kene tamat tempoh 2thn tiap sorg baru leh tambah bil ahli keluarga..tambah lg aku ni jenis morning sickness yg amat xselesa.rsnya tak larat kalau nk rapat2 anak...kene rehat 2thn br dptkn yg baru...

lilo said...

ey, ur baby dah brp bulan ek? btw, congrats on ur 2nd pregnancy. heehee =D - lilly

im_an_ibu said...

thanx lily. iman is turning 13 mths. sian die kene wean awal2. hehehe...


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