i have a DD who just turned 3 and am 5 months pregnant. DD seemed to have self-weaned a while back (down to a short nurse at bedtime every 10 days, for many weeks) but has increased her nursing frequency once again to a bedtime feed most nights since feeling insecure about the new baby (i'm guessing, as she's also stepped up clinginess, cuddles/pick-up at all times, coming to my bed at night after having been great about being in her own bed, and saying she doesn't want a sister).
I am not pushing the issue as i'm guessing that she'll revert back to self-weaning (and sleeping well alone) once she feels better/reassured about the big change in her life. [We read books with her about being a big sister/homebirth etc. and reassure her (words and cuddles) that she'll always be our baby/special girl. Some days she's very sweet about the baby (eg.washes my belly for me ) others she doesn't want to know].
However, i am finding the nursing really uncomfortable as my boobs are so sensitive and am starting to worry about how i'll cope as they don't seem to get any better. I dread her latching on and just 'stick it out' as opposed to enjoy the nursing :-(. Is this normal? Can i do anything?
I've been planning to tandem-feed in the sense that i was hoping for her to carry on nursing a little bit (every 10 days was fab! lol) just so she wouldn't feel so jealous of the baby if she was allowed to 'share' the boob, and because i love the comfort it can still provide her.
But now i'm not sure what's best anymore...I fear i may resent it if she wanted to feed a lot more when baby is here and i find it just too painful :-(.
Any words of wisdom and advice are greatly appreciated.