BFing when pregnant, and preterm labour(6 Posts)
Hi all, I wondered if anybody can point me to where I'd find info about this.
DD was born at 31 weeks. I'm still BFing yer at 14 mo but I've just had AF and had a chat with DH and thinking of trying for DC2 in the next few months. I have asked for a referral to my consultant who oversaw my pregnancy with DD (though I didn't actually see him, as it was a low risk pregnancy till she decided it was boring in my womb and she wanted to come out early). But I also want to do my own research.
I would love to feed through any other pregnancy, then tandem and let her self wean. But obviously the health of any DC2 would have to come first.
So, I might put off any ttc if getting pregnant would mean I would have to wean her.
Sorry, that turned into a ramble!
this book is very very useful when looking at possibly tandem nursing. As I understand it the risk for preterm labour aren't any higher for breastfeeding mums. The oxytocin is the main problem and it doesn' seem to affect the baby/ until your body is ready to give birth. A general rule of thumb is if you are safe to have sex you're safe to BF. HTH
I am probably overthinking things, and worrying way too early. But I'd be gutted if I got pregnant and was told to wean DD. I'd rather at least try o do things to her schedule.
I will get the book but will need to hide it from DH who I think would be horrified at the thought of tandem nursing (he would be fine once we were actually doing it, it's just the thought that would put him off, iykwim?)
It's cheaper if you buy it direct from LLL or if there is a group near you you can probably borrow a copy. You can get some more info if you go to a group and they might know someone that they can refer you to for more advice, some hospitals might have a consultant that's clued up on it.
kd0706, from what i hear from other bf mums you may well be told to wean dd if pg. However, from what i read (in adventures) there's little evidence for this. Basicaly bf does, like sex, release oxytocin. But oxytocin can't start labour until the receptors on your uterus are "switched on" and this only happens when labour is immenent. So i guess really labour would only happen if it was gonna happen anyway iyswim...but you could maybe put a temporary stop on bf if you had any worrying symptoms?
There's been no research done in to how much oxytocin is released during orgasm vs bf, but generally people say if you are ok to do the deed you are ok to do the feed. I know this doesn't tally with what i say above but this is quite a new study apparently and it would appear the hcp's are yet to get their policy straigt on this.
However. I am NOT an expert, i've just read a book. Sadly that does seem to mean i know more about this than many mw's.
ikwym - Dh was really anti-tandem nursing too til it became obvious DS2 wouldn't be emotionally ready to stop by the time DC3 arrived.
I think it's really lovely that you are thinking about this and putting your DD and her need to nurse so high in your priorities
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