by catherine (2832 Posts), Mon Apr 05, 2004 02:26 pm
Hi Amy, I hope you don't mind me horning in on this topic. Is it very important that your BP get back to normal without meds in the next 2-3 months? The reason that I ask, is that you aren't nursing a newborn anymore, so I would anticipate that her nursing frequency is going to start to drop, especially once she sleeps through the night. As that happens, the hormones begin to kick back in. Three babies in, I'm pretty familiar with this, as soon as I get to sleep through the night, I ovulate and AF shows right back up again. Extrapolating from that, I would anticipate that at least for some women, it is possible to return to hormonal cycling and still nurse. So, your hormones should be tending back to normal relatively soon anyhow.
It is even possible that by partially weaning her, that you can get your cycle back. Right now my 10 month old is receiving formula at daycare and nursing at home and at the weekend. I'm confident that I can sustain a reasonable supply with that schedule. She is on at least two meals a day of solids also. She was slow to start (8 months before the first flicker of interest) but is keen to eat now.
If the side effects of the beta blocker are very uncomfortable, then I think that you have to do some balancing. The "protective" effects of BM drop dramatically after 6 months. So, the maximum benefits that you'll have provided are on the wane. It is a wonderful, and special intimacy that you share with your child when you nurse, but moms who FF are very far from estranged from their little charmers. I think that it is important to remember that family health is what you are aiming for, if yours is suffering, then ultimately that isn't going to benefit her.
I know that this was a) long and b) probably not hugely helpful. I just wanted to warn you against falling into the trap of not wanting to "deprive" your preeclampsia baby of "more". I felt a lot of guilt about the impact of my disease on my baby's health, still do, still worry about the possibility that her rough ride into this world has "stolen" from the store of her potential. As such, I was always determined to get everything (whatever that exactly would be) else right[:p][B)]
Mom to Finn, Lucy (preeclampsia and HELLP) and Chloe.
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