Breastfeeding while pregnant.

Heather - posted on 08/03/2011 ( 27 moms have responded )

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i am just wondering my daughter is almost 12 months and i will be done breastfeeding then but is it bad that im breastfeeding and im about 9weeks pregnant? ive been hearing a bunch of different things

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Ella - posted on 08/16/2011

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I'm 8 months pregnant and have been feeding my son all the way through with no ill effects, I did some research when I was first pregnant and there is absolutely no scientific evidence that it is bad for you, the baby in your tummy or the baby at your breast. In fact there is very good evidence that tandem feeding a newborn and a toddler is good for both of them, it helps with sibling bonding and stops the toddler from feeling like they have been replaced. keep going for as long as you feel able!

Jane - posted on 08/07/2011

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Hi Heather,I have 8 children and breastfed my through all my pregnancies( except the first,of course) I even breastfed the todler and newborn together for about 3 months in some cases.Look after your own health,eat well and excercise(a regular walk is great) I've had no problems.Enjoy:)

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Hi! I'm currently 32 weeks pregnant and still nursing my 20 month old daughter. I've found it especially helpful during her teething and times when she is upset or starting to tantrum. As the other Moms have said, unless you have serious medical issues, it's perfectly safe and I believe can be helpful to continue nursing. I'm quite excited to tandem nurse, I really hope my daughter keeps on nursing through. I've heard it can help with jealousy problems. The only concern I have is when I have to go into hospital to have the baby and if my daughter has to miss a feed or two and if she won't want if after that. I guess I'll see!

Lori - posted on 08/03/2011

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Normally breastfeeding while pregnant is perfectly OK. You do need more calories to support both you, your nursling, and your new baby. Additional 500 calories for nursing plus additional 300 calories for pregnancy. Keep up your fluids too.

If you want to read more about it, get the book Adventures in Tandem Nursing by Hilary Flower. It addresses concerns about nursing throughout your entire pregnancy, through nursing a toddler and a new baby at the same time.

Unless you want to wean, or you have some sort of medical condition, being pregnant does not mean you have to wean.

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Lisa - posted on 09/04/2011

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I breastfed my son when pregnant. I was about 7 months pregnant when he chose to stop feeding as said my milk was 'yucky' as it changes taste the more pregnant you get to start to make collustrum milk for new borns. He was 20 months old. I just made sure I ate healthly and had rest. I felt well in my self so just carried on. Both my children are really well and hardly get ill (I put this down to breast feeding). In fact my son currently has chicken pox and you would not know he has it as he has not been unwell at all, just pickled with spots. Breastfeeding is great!

Mari-Ann - posted on 08/15/2011

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I fed our eldest daughter once or twice a day until 3 weeks before delivery date of our second daughter. It was more a little discomfort than anything else as the pregnancy progressed and absolutely nothing prevented me from feeding our second daughter. In fact, I was in a better state because I was still used to breastfeeding. Hope all goes well.

Dawnett - posted on 08/15/2011

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I breastfed my son while pregnant with my daughter. He quit ON HIS OWN--( No 'weaning') when he was 18 months & I was 6 months pregnant.

Danielle - posted on 08/14/2011

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Absolutely nothing wrong with being pregnant and breastfeeding. I breastfed my son until he was 16 months old, which made me 6 months pregnant when he weaned himself. Sometimes pregnancy can cause your milk to dry up but if you can still do it and still want to do it, go strong :-)

LaLasha - posted on 08/14/2011

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No it is not bad. She may self wean soon my daughter did but that isn't certain. Anyway your nurslings is fine and your baby is fine you are fine and there is no ill affects as long as you are healthy and eating and drinking enought.

Crystal - posted on 08/11/2011

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I breastfed while pregnant, i just had to make sure i was eating and drinking enough with no problems!

Ashley - posted on 08/09/2011

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I want to thank you Heather for posting this question b/c I am going through the same thing. I want to thank everyone else too. These posts were very helpful and encouraging. I think I am going to embrace tandum nursing if my tot is still nursing after the birth :)

Heather - posted on 08/09/2011

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Thanks everyone for all the help... i just wanted to get other peoples opinions. i never had any health issues and never had any issues with my first pregnancy. so far everything has been good just gotta up on the water and all that i do zumba twice a week and as long as the germany weather is good i try to walk everyday ..

Wendi - posted on 08/08/2011

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I have 3 daughters, with 32 months between them all. While pregnant with my 2nd and 3rd, I was still breastfeeding the previous baby. It was perfectly fine for me, and I had no issues. They both practically weened themselves around 13 months... The midwife told me that pregnancy will change the taste of your milk, and your baby will no longer want to nurse... that was true in my case.

Belinda - posted on 08/08/2011

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No it isn't bad. I breastfed my son right through my second pregnancy. You have to pay attention to your diet and make sure you're taking in enough calories but as long as there are no other issues everything should be fine.

Pam - posted on 08/08/2011

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your going to hear a bunch more things too, but if your healthy and do not havea high risk pregnancy then it should be fine. I breastfed during my entire pregnancy and weened a few months after the baby was born. My littl girl breastfed till 2 years old, and I was glad to find an end to the whole thing, it took a lot of distraction, as its easy to distract a 2 year old. Just eat a little more than you normally do, and have more calsium.

Aicha - posted on 08/08/2011

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I breastfeed my daughter while pregnant with my son the thing you need to know is make sure you hydrate and eat enough , also your nipples may be more sensitive so make sure and apply lots of nipple cream it helps a lot well it did for me

Olivia - posted on 08/07/2011

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Hello, I'm 14 weeks pregnant with my third baby and still breastfeeding my 12month old once a day. I did the same through my2nd pregnancy too. I chose to wean when was about 5 months pregnant and will do the same this time as I did not want to be feeding more than one at once and I wanted the older one to forget before the next one arrived. In my experience it is safe. Make sure you are on a good multivitamin, eating and drinking well and as others have said seek helpful medical advice for your specific situation. All the best. Enjoy your kids.

Olivia - posted on 08/07/2011

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I just had my little boy on July 29 (who was almost 2 weeks late) and I breast feed my now 19 month old daughter throughout the entire pregnancy. It all depends on your personal history if you are prone to miscarriages or other difficulties, so if you feel fine with it and if it makes you feel better ask your obgyn. Congrats and good luck

Marina - posted on 08/07/2011

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It isn't "bad", I was still bf both my last pregnancys but w/ my 2nd it did cause me to have a "threatened miscarriage" I didn't lose the baby thank God but I did start bleeding heavily at 12 weeks and bled super heavy for 2 full weeks. Terrifiying. So, this last time- I weaned my son within the first 3 weeks of pregnancy.

Lori - posted on 08/07/2011

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Nursing while pregnant shouldn't be a concern, although if you have a doctor with outdated information they may tell you otherwise. When I became pregnant with my 2nd son, my oldest was 18 months old and the doctor I saw for my first prenatal appointment told me either I had to wean my son or get an abortion- I never went back. My sons are now 6, 4, and 2 and I nursed a child through most of my second and third pregnancies with no issues. My milk either dried up or the taste changed about my 3rd trimester because at about the same point in both pregnancies my nursling weaned, so I never did tandem nursing, although I would have.

Angela - posted on 08/06/2011

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A normal pregnancy can absolutely be had by a breastfeeding mom. Generally the only concern is if preterm labor is an issue. There may be some adjustments that need to be made, but your baby will not suffer for the sake of breastfeeding.

make sure you keep up your protein and your fluids and nutrition. Protein is super important in pregnancy, and also in nursing. Kellymom.com has some awesome info on tandem nursing and nursing while pregnant. You may want to read Adventures in Tandem Nursing. I never read it but have heard it's great. I nursed my daughter through my pregnancy and continued for 2 years after my second daughter was born. I'm so glad I did.

Ashling - posted on 08/06/2011

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I nursed my first son until I was 17 weeks pregnant with my second! He weaned himself, I guess the milk must gave tasted different as Tracy said. I was worried also but the consultant and midwives said it was fine :) Congratulations and Good luck :)

Tiffany - posted on 08/06/2011

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I breastfed through my third pregnancy, then tandem nursed them for almost another year before my oldest weaned. My kids have all nursed past their third birthday, so it's all quite normal... :)

Angela - posted on 08/06/2011

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Another tandem nursing mama here. I'm on my second toddler nursing through pregnancy. My dr never had a problem with it. Just pay really careful attention to vitamins, nutrition, & drink lots of water :-)

Tracy - posted on 08/04/2011

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I was able to BF my first daughter until I was about 8-9 months preg with my second daughter, at that point my milk supply became greatly reduced and she started not being as interested (I heard rumors that it begins to taste different and some kids don't like the new taste but don't know how true that is). so then I had to switch to my frozen stash.

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As Lori said, breastfeeding while pregnant is normally perfectly OK. Many mums have not only breastfed during pregnancy, but continued feeding a newborn and a toddler. The only issue would probably be if you had any health concerns, or any problems with the pregnancy.

I breastfed my second daughter while pregnant with my third daughter, then continued after she was born. Grown up now, and no probs!

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