I’m 33 weeks now and things are still going steadily on the nursing front. Peanut still loves it and it gives me the ability to go to sleep, which is very much appreciated at the moment. We have no plans on stopping. Really, even if it wasn’t an enjoyable experience I probably wouldn’t stop right now because I’d worry that Peanut would get jealous when the baby comes and gets to nurse.
I have been experiencing one nursing problem that I literally have not had to deal with in over two years–engorgement. Peanut generally nurses at naptime, bedtime, and in the morning. Generally on both sides (unless she falls asleep on the first side). This has been working well for us and she’s definitely gotten what she wanted supply-wise, but then all of a sudden my supply seemed to ramp up and I actually got engorged!
Granted, this particular day was one where Peanut was in preschool through naptime, so we missed that nursing session. We also may have skipped the morning session, I’m not sure. So by the time that the evening came, I was very full on one side and pretty full on the other too. My right side was actually to the point of tenderness. Considering that I’ve had low supply issues as a general rule, I literally haven’t felt engorged in at least two years, if not longer. It’s a really weird sensation for me!
Considering how uncomfortable it was, I can say that it’ll be nice to have another nursling there to help take up some of the slack when engorgement happens in the early days. It was such relief to actually have her nurse! It also makes me hopeful that I won’t have supply issues after Twig is born.
I’ve also implemented a rule that someone suggested to me at La Leche League that seems to help with any of the discomfort I was having with nursing her in the daytime. We now only nurse in the bed. It’s not a hard-fast rule. The other night when we were over at Mema’s and she wanted to nurse before we left for home, I nurse her sitting on the couch. It’s considerably more painful when nursing upright though because we can’t get quite the right position and she gets distracted and whips her head around (an over-exaggeration, but that’s what it feels like to me). At home though, when she asks to nurse I tell her we have to go lay down then. Often she just decides to wait to nurse, which is fine by me.
How is nursing going for everyone else? Anyone else have experiences they’d like to share from nursing late in pregnancy? Any tips on my upcoming days of nursing a newborn and a toddler?