Breastfeeding and Pregnant with #2
Kimberly - posted on 04/14/2009
Bobbi, some doctors will say that, but they are grossly misinformed. Visit the La Leche League website or find a good midwife to talk to. Your body will "prioritize" nutrients and always feed the fetus first. Then your milk, and then you. This is why nutrition is so important for a breastfeeding and pregnant mommie. You're last in the food chain. :) My own doctor tried to give me this type of advice and I've since gotten a new midwife to replace her.
Amy - posted on 04/14/2009
Add me to the list of people who have been pregnant or breastfeeding for the last 4 years. Pregnant 'Oct '05 delivered July '06 - got pregnant a week before my son's 1st B-day July '07. Nursed my 1st son for 3 months while pregnant with the second. Had a brief break from nursing as the first boy weaned at 15 months. Had my second April '08 and we're still nursing here April '09.
The GOOD news is I haven't had a period since Oct of '05!
I just asked my OB this exact question, and she said as long as you keep up your nutrition it's not a big deal. One thing she did mention is that breastfeeding greatly reduces your estrogen levels and so may impact your chances of becoming pregnant. That might be something to keep in mind if you had any fertility trouble the first time around. Good luck!
Kimberly - posted on 04/13/2009
My son is 11 1/2 months (and nurses on demand - about 6 times a day still plus solid foods) and we just found out we're 5 weeks preggie with number two! It took 9 months for my period to come back, and then apparently just another month to get pregs, so I think your plan to keep nursing while trying to get pregnant is a good one. I just nursed my son to sleep for his nap and was really enjoying that time even more than before, knowing now that there are precious months left of him being my only baby. :) Good luck and have fun! :)
(He's also become SUPER sweet and cuddly the last couple weeks. I don't know if he knows I'm pregnant or what, but he's beeing crawling over to me and just wanting to snuggle or kiss my cheeks, or put his arms around my neck...it's so sweet and touching!!!! Oh crap, I think I'm gonna cry.) ;)
Meaghan - posted on 04/12/2009
Yes yes you can!! I'm 25 weeks pregnant with my second and still breastfeeding my 15 month old son. Some babies will self wean during this time, others may not, I plan on tandem nursing if infact my son continues for the rest of my pregnancy. Just remember to boost your water intake, and one of the suggestions I had was to drink lots of milkshakes / smoothies :)
Yes, you can breastfeed while pregnant! For the last four years I have been pregnant and/or breastfeeding! My daughter was only 7 months old when I got pregnant, and she weaned herself about two months before my due date. My son was 11 months old when I got pregnant again, and he weaned himself off a few months after that. I think the pregnancy changed the quality of my milk and he just wasn't interested (plus he took formula too, and opted for a bottle instead). So yes, it is quite possible, and practical sometimes, to breastfeed while pregnant. Just make sure you take some vitamins or calcium to help your body keep up with everything. And if you're really brave, you can tandem nurse (nurse both babies) after the second one is born! That's something I wasn't willing to try, though! : )
I would suggest, however, that having children that close together can be quite a challenge. Mine are 16 and 20 months apart, and it's no fun changing that many diapers or having that many kids screaming at once. It hard on your body, and definitely hard on the psyche. If your husband is a very involved, hands-on father it might be different for you. Mine's not much of a babysitter. : )
Melody - posted on 04/10/2009
Rebekah- I'm in the exact same boat- we have an 8 month old and would like to try to get pregant again this Spring. I haven't had my period yet and still nurse 5 times a day (usually). I've been researching this some and we have decided that we'll try for several months and then wean at about a year if I still haven't gotten my period. If I do get pregnant, I'll probably keep breastfeeding a little longer than that- if he still wants to anyway. I don't think I'll try tandem feeding them though- I can't imagine that I'll want to keep breastfeeding a toddler while I'm dealing with a newborn!
You can most certainly can breastfeed if you are pregnant. In fact I know several ladies who nursed one baby until the other was born and then nursed both for a while until the first was weaned.
I personally didn't get pregnant until I completely stopped breastfeeding though. So it won't hurt to continue to try to get pregnant, and just wean your first when ever you feel like it.
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