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Should I tell my midwife??

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leahbump Sun 20-Feb-05 19:52:27

That I am still breastfeeding my one year old??

It hasn't come up and I think, so far, all have assumed that I am not!!

Not sure if she really needs to know or not...or if i should avoid the confrontation of being told that i really should wean him...when i have no intention of doing so!!


(am 16 weeks pregnant!)

HappyMumof2 Sun 20-Feb-05 19:53:38

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irishbird Sun 20-Feb-05 19:55:23

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spod Sun 20-Feb-05 19:55:32

they would probaby tell you to stop, but if you dont want to then dont. i wouldnt tell. i have read that its possible to keep feeding and be preggers and that bm changes again when new babe arrives, so new babe will get colustrum (spelling?)

ButtonMoon Sun 20-Feb-05 19:55:52

TBH I wouldn't say anything unless she asks directly....none of her business really! I know loads of people who b/f until late in preg and some continue to tandem feed after new baby is born.

Ameriscot2005 Sun 20-Feb-05 19:57:30

I used to BF DD2 when having antenatal appts for DD3 - didn't faze the midwife at all.

I tandem nursed for 15 months after DD3 was born - no biggie!

cazzybabs Sun 20-Feb-05 19:58:52

I bf my dd until I was 7 months preggnant with dd2. I told my midwife and she just offered advice about diffrerent positions for feeding with a bump. they are supposed to go off your breastmilk though because it goes back to collustrom (sorry - am rubbish at spelling)

Socci Sun 20-Feb-05 20:02:41

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bobbybob Sun 20-Feb-05 20:11:25

I would have told my midwife but only because she would have been supportive of tandem feeding. Unless it's relevant in some way I think it's your own business how you feed your baby.

NotQuiteCockney Sun 20-Feb-05 20:14:40

Midwives are not necessarily supportive of these things. I would tell, but then I'd argue if she tried to make me stop ... but if you don't think she'd support you, and you're not up for a fight, why tell?

leahbump Sun 20-Feb-05 20:25:33

thanks all, I think for now she's no need to know. I am going to print out the extended bf page from kellymom (just in case) for my homebirth as it might come up in that context....

ie if ds is around whilst mw's are.....he may feed.....

Hopefully i labour in the night and the mw will be gone when ds wakes up ( in a perfect world )

CharBell Sun 20-Feb-05 21:38:23

Just a thought. One of the ways people suggest to induce labour is by nipple stimulation. Does that mean that breast feeding can do the same thing?

Ameriscot2005 Mon 21-Feb-05 08:11:48

I didn't find so, CharBell.

bobbybob Mon 21-Feb-05 08:13:26

Wouldn't a home birth midwife be more open to the idea of tandem feeding?

mears Tue 22-Feb-05 00:04:01

Why not tell her leahbump? I have come across it a number of times. No reason why the midwife should tell you to stop. I actually would tell her to see what her reaction was. I bet you will be pleasantly surprised. You can tell her in such a way that you do not expect to be told to stop IYSWIM?

ChicPea Tue 22-Feb-05 00:08:06

Socci, I have heard that if a Mum breastfeeds a newborn and a toddler, ie two infants with different nutritional needs, the body know which one its feeding and produces the relevant milk. Is this correct Mears?? Amazing if it is.

ChicPea Tue 22-Feb-05 00:09:23

Forgot to add Leahbump, hope you are getting enough iron and rest!!!

Branster Tue 22-Feb-05 00:10:14

perhaps you need to find out if there is a need for you to take any vit/mineral supplements as both pregnancy & breastfeeding are surely putting a strain on your body (calcium especially). maybe someone on here can help you on that.

milward Tue 22-Feb-05 00:12:47

I'd tell the midwife - see what she's says. You've decided to keep bf so whatever she says it's ok and you'll learn more about how supportive she is of your parenting choices.

mears Tue 22-Feb-05 00:14:17

Chicpea - body does know how to feed two. Baby gets first access and toddler second. I had a friend who tandem fed a toddlet and twins very successfully. Good diet is essential for everybody really, but it makes sense to look after yourself when you are nurturing others too.

ChicPea Tue 22-Feb-05 00:20:17

Amazing Mears. Thanks for that.

mears Tue 22-Feb-05 00:22:59

interesting /link{\link}

mears Tue 22-Feb-05 00:23:21


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