Relaction after 12 months?

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Relaction after 12 months?

Post by Penguin » Fri Jul 06, 2012 9:40 pm

Does anyone have any stories about relaction after weaning a toddler? How did the child cope, was it too confusing?
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Post by Karleen » Fri Jul 06, 2012 10:04 pm

Yes, I know of a lot of adoptive bf with toddlers, lots of reinitiation of bf after having weaned (esp after birth of a younger sib) and some of deliberate relactation after early weaning. What's teh concern?
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Post by Penguin » Fri Jul 06, 2012 10:18 pm

I don't know what's going on with my cycles and feeding during my period is awful. I've had three periods in the last six weeks, one lasted for nine days. All the drs I've spoken too say that they can't do anything more until I wean, but I've had bad periods since I was 12 so I don't think that bfing is the problem. I'm worried if I wean early that that I'll still have bad periods, but I don't know what else to do when I'm bleeding more days than not. I don't want to wean but I can't see how I can go on like this either.
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Post by Karleen » Fri Jul 06, 2012 10:19 pm

Oh, that's awful. What are they say they could do if you stopped breastfeeding that they can't do now?
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Post by Penguin » Fri Jul 06, 2012 10:28 pm

Stronger combined pill (instead of mini pill)

Another laproscopy (although I don't htink they'll find anything, and even if they do I don't know how they will fix it.)
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Post by Penguin » Fri Jul 06, 2012 10:28 pm

I'm not seriously thinking about weaning but I really don't know what to do :(
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Post by Penguin » Fri Jul 06, 2012 10:32 pm

ETA cramping and nausea are worse during feeds themselves, so if I stopped bfing then obviously that would go away.
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Post by Mummy woo! » Fri Jul 06, 2012 10:48 pm

Oh Penguin that sounds really difficult for you. It must be bad if you are thinking about weaning and relactating, even hypothetically. The ABA booklet on relactation should be available from your local group - you could have a read and consider if it is something you want to pursue.

You said doctors plural - so you have spoken to more than one. Do any of them take a particular interest in breastfeeding or women's health? Maybe someone who is a bit more knowledgeable and interested, and understands that you could well be breastfeeding for another year or two (or more) might be more keen to look for options that are compatible with breastfeeding? 'Come back when you have weaned' is not the advice you would expect from a health professional who is aware of the importance of breastfeeding for a toddler and mother.

A laproscopy is an investigation, isn't it? They could do that while you are breastfeeding - same as any other procedure requiring anasthetic. But if you don't think they will find anything it is a bit of a waste of time.

The other option I can think of would be to check out the stronger pill you are looking at, and call Rodney to talk about the risks. Then you can decide for yourself how the risk of early weaning balances out against the risks of the medication, and of course the benefits to the whole family of having a mum who feels better.
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Post by misspurr » Fri Jul 06, 2012 11:12 pm

Please go see another specialist! I had similar problems and found that although hormonal medicines were a "quick fix" for a while - after 6 months things would be much worse. Sometimes they were worse straight away - I even took HRT at age 18 to try and fix things!

The BEST things I found were going on a wheat free/dairy free/meat free/low sugar diet (yes, this was VERY hard - especially for dairy as I love my milk) AND I also did alternative therapies like laser acupuncture AND at one stage a natural oestrogen cream made from plant extracts.

Whilst I was not a believer in alternative medicines, I turned to them out of shear desperation (I bled for over 70 days!!!) and they were a God send.

I now try to keep to a wheat free diet (It really does help) and from time to time I cut out meat as well. I always try to eat fresh leafy greens as much as I can and keep my sugar intake down.

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Post by misspurr » Fri Jul 06, 2012 11:13 pm

I guess what I am saying is, there are other things you can try before giving up the breastfeeding to go on hormonal medications (which I personally believe are not good for you after all my experiences!).

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Post by Karleen » Sat Jul 07, 2012 9:36 am

Penguin did you get some relief from lactational amenorrhoea?
Neither of those suggested interventions would necessitate weaning though the combined pill might have a dramatic impact on milk supply...sounds like you need a doctor who understands why breastfeeding is important to you and is prepared to do some hard work around finding a solution.
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