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Pregant with no.2 and need to stop breastfeeding Rss

Hi Everyone

I have just discovered that I am 6 weeks pregant with my second child and the doctor has told me that I have to stop breastfeeding. She told me that my body will get mixed messages which could lead to problems (I assume she was suggesting I could have a miscarraige).

I don't have a problem stopping as I was wanting to stop (bubs is 9mths old), but the problem is that when I have tried giving my baby formula she will only drink 80-100mls each time. I want to only give 4 bottles a day if possible.

I am weaning at the moment but am worried about what will happen if my baby continues to only drink this much each time. I am offering the formula before and after a meal. Over time will she start to drink more formula?

Has anyone out there been in this situation? Is it true that you can miscarry while breast feeding? Any suggestions would be appreciated.

4 lovely munchkins DD 10/03, DD 03/05, DS 10/06 &

Hi Ashleesmum

I was worried about this too even before we started trying to conceive again. I'm now nearly 7 weeks pregnant with my second and am still breastfeeding my 13 month old son. I spoke with our child health nurse and she said there is no problem with it, in fact some mothers continue to breastfeed their toddler and newborn. I'm in the process of weaning my son - I only ever planned on breastfeeding until 12 months but like your daughter he won't drink much. The only thing he will drink is water, and he's slowly drinking more everyday but still only has about 250mls per day plus 2 breastfeeds. The nurse suggested I offer it to him throughout the day which I've been doing, I also leave his cup on the floor or coffee table and he helps himself whenever he sees it. If your daughter is still having plenty of wet nappies she's probably getting enough fluids. The nurse also told me that if my son is having other dairy foods not to worry too much about getting him to drink milk, but I think that's only because he is over 12 months. Maybe check with your child health nurse.

Another place for breastfeeding info is the breastfeeding association website. I hope this helps.

All the best
Jasmine
Hi Kristy,

Firstly CONGRATULATIONS!!!

I have never heard that before, and i know a few mums that have breastfed and delivered beautiful healthy babies at 9 months! So please seek a second opinion if this is the sole reason you are giving up breastfeeding. Although i feel you want to anyway, i just want the decision to be yours, not one based on an opinion!

Best of luck my friend,

Tepe

DD5, DS3, DS lost to SIDS at 6mths & DD6m

I agree with Tepe. I know of someone that not only fed when pregnant, but have fed a newborn and an older baby together. Contact 'Nursing Mothers' (maybe they are called something else now!?) or look it up on the internet. The US LaLeche League website has lots of breastfeeding articles.

Domestic Goddess Mum of Four!

Hi, I hope that I am not too late asking as this post has been up a while now, but, I am wanting to hear from those of you who know of others (or who have themselves) who have continued to breastfeed right through pregnancy and ended up feeding both a newborn and a toddler.

I am 6 weeks pregnant (tomorrow) and am still breastfeeding my 16 month old little girl. She only gets one feed in the morning, and one feed at night. I would ultimately like to continue to feed her until she is 2, but that will put her right at the time when the new bub is due. So, perhaps I will try and wean her a few months before. I am not sure yet.

My concern is, I do know of a person who continued to feed both a toddler and a newborn, and both the mother and the newborn have now got 'certain but fairly major sicknesses' ie, bad allergies, celiac's disease, heart problems, the list goes on.I do not know if these illnesses are related to the breastfeeding or not.

My worry is that perhaps it is all too much of a strain on the mother, so therefore the mother and even worse, the newborn suffers permanent damage because of this. I do not know. I would like to hear of positive stories on how the children "turned out" with their health, even when the babies are young toddlers still. But, if there is negative stories then I would like to hear those also.

I have just one other thing on my mind also (sorry to be rambling) but the first few days before your milk comes through after the birth, your baby feeds from colostrum, which is the vitamin k for the baby. Does anybody know what happens here? Do you still produce the colostrum? Would your newborn still get the sufficient amount of Vit K? Does this mean that because you are already feeding that you don't get 'full and sore' breasts from the milk coming in? We are not ones to give our babies injections (different topic) and vit k is one of them.
These are just a few things on my mind at the moment seeing as I am pregnant with bub no 2. I have been trying to drop one more feed from my little girl, but, it seems the more I try to drop one, the more feeds she wants to have! She really demands it!

Linda (Jessica 3/4/03, Caleb 11/4/05)

The person I mentioned in my post earlier is only a friend of a friend and I don't know her well enough to track her down and find out all the information. I don't know if I would be happy to feed both the toddler and the newborn, myself, as it is a full-time job for mum to feed a newborn and it would be confusing for a toddler, perhaps. Your milk changes to meet the age requirements of a baby, so this would perhaps affect the make-up of the 'new' milk. I would be getting some advice from a lactation consultant thru the hospital you are having the baby at. Try to do a search for some articles on the subject on Google or something, too. I think it is called tandem feeding perhaps - I'm not sure. If you are not getting the baby's vit K shot, this would definately be the main factor in getting all the information now. Also, weaning your toddler a while before the birth is probably good, to avoid her feeling pushed away. WOW it's a lot to consider, hey. But to encourage you, the fact you have fed so long is the most important thing here, and your desire to give the best for both your babies. Good luck.

Domestic Goddess Mum of Four!

Hi Linda

Congratulations on your pregnancy!

Have you tried contacting the Australian Breastfeeding Association? They have a website (sorry I don't know the address off the top of my head) and they have discussion boards just like this where I'm sure you'll be able to find other mothers who have 'tandem fed'. You could also try calling them and speaking to a counsellor who should be able to give you some info. I hope this helps.

Take care
Jasmine
hi im not 100% sure but from memory when woman give birth there is a hormone that is released that makes your milk supply and included in this is what makes colostrum and all the anti-bodies and the vitamin k.
but as everyone else has suggested seek proffesional advice from atleast 2 different places.
but just thought id offer you my thoughts until u ask a breast feeding specialist

and a big congratulations.

DD 13/11/03 -DD 11.11.05 - DS 17.4.08

Thanks for all of your advice, just to keep you all up-dated - I am pretty sure that I will try and wean Jessica before new bubs arrives. The idea of feeding both toddler and baby is starting to put me off. However, one thought I do like the idea of, is, after the birth and a few days later when you are very full and in pain when the milk comes in - you have an older child you can say to 'drink up'!!
But, that is not the reason to keep feeding, and seeing as milk produced comes from demand you may well end up with twice as much milk then needed at that critical time.
The only problem is, she really loves getting breast-fed. I don't know how she will stop. That is another thought which is putting me off a bit too (about feeding both children) is, she may get more jealous having to 'share' and when her time to wean does come perhaps it may be harder as her younger sibling still feeds there.
Just a few thoughts I am pondering over.....

Linda (Jessica 3/4/03, Caleb 11/4/05)

Hi again,

Yes, i see where you are coming from, i guess i didn't really think about the whole picture at first!! I think i would be weaning too!

Thanks for updating, and goodluck,

Tepe

DD5, DS3, DS lost to SIDS at 6mths & DD6m

Like I said previously, I don't think I could tandem feed, myself, for a few reasons. Not least of which is the confusion issue you mentioned regarding your daughter. My babies all weaned themselves, basically, after 12 months or so, so I haven't had to wean a toddler. As mentioned previously, try the Aust. Breastfeeding Association. I'm sure they would have some hints to help this process. All the very best for the rest of your pregnancy.

Domestic Goddess Mum of Four!

Linda,
I was in a similar position to you. My obstrtrician told me to stop feeding my baby by the time I was 26wks prgnant, being that the older child takes all the goodness which would otherwise be going to the baby, but my health centre nurse said I could continue and suggested I speak to the Breastfeeding Assoc. To cut a long story short I stopped feeding Callum at 14mths an delivered a healthy baby 5 months later. Although he was only having one feed, I found that I was getting very tired. I offered him a cup of cows milk at bed time and just made sure that I wasn't siiting down on the couch when it was time for him to go to bed (this was his cue to the breast). I guess what I am trying to say is get as much information about it as you can from your doctor and tha ABA and make up your own mind. You have to be comfortable with your choice, but make sure it is an informed one and not what other people expect you to do
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