Breastfeeding while Pregnant

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Whether you were hoping to have babies close together or you had a happy accident, one of the first questions you’re sure to wonder about is whether you can continue to breastfeed your baby while you’re pregnant with her little brother or sister. In most cases, the answer is yes.

There are some exceptions in which it’s not generally a good idea to continue breastfeeding while pregnant. These include:

  • You have a history of pre-term labor.
  • You are bleeding.
  • You are experiencing uterine pain.

The main reason doctors discourage breastfeeding under these conditions is that breastfeeding can stimulate contractions. Under normal conditions, this will only lead to stronger Braxton-Hicks contractions, but in cases where pre-term labor is a concern, your doctor may advise against breastfeeding.

There are some considerations to be aware of when deciding whether to continue breastfeeding or to wean your first baby. These include:

  • Sore nipples or breasts. These are a normal pregnancy symptom, but they can make breastfeeding painful.
  • Milk reduction. In some cases, women produce less milk while they are pregnant. You may need to consider supplementing with formula or solids if you aren’t doing so already.
  • Baby may want to wean. This often happens late in your pregnancy, when you begin to produce more colostrum. Your milk will taste different, and your baby may wean herself.
  • Tandem nursing. You will need to consider whether you’re ready to nurse two babies at once. If you are willing to do it, you will want to take some time to research tandem nursing tips.

With all that said, if you want to continue nursing your baby while you’re pregnant with his sibling, there’s nothing wrong with that. It’s perfectly healthy for you and your baby. You will want to make sure that you are eating a healthy, well balanced diet with an extra 600-700 Calories and plenty of fluids. Remember, you are not only eating for two, but also to continue producing milk for the one you are breastfeeding.

One final note: If you intend to wean your child before the baby is born, do so at least two months before the new baby is due. Trying to wean your older child while caring for a newborn is more than most moms will want to handle all at once.

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