Does Breastfeeding cause Miscarriage?

Jay - posted on 09/02/2011 ( 6 moms have responded )

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Me and my DH are ready to go again! Our lil lad is 6 months and I am still Breastfeeding. I just want to know if breastfeeding increases the risk of miscarriage? I am really worried and I don't want to start trying until I know it's safe! x

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Katherine - posted on 09/03/2011

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No problems here, I nursed my son all the way through my second pregnancy and now i have a 2 year old and a 2 week old and both are still nursing and my 2 weeker is gaining weight like crazy! :)

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Danielle - posted on 09/03/2011

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In a normal, healthy pregnancy, breastfeeding will now increase the risk of miscarriage. If you are at high risk of miscarriage then you may want to talk to your ob/midwife to see what they think but in most cases, it's perfectly safe. It does cause uterine contractions but so does sex and neither cause contractions that are strong enough to trigger premature labor or miscarriage in a healthy pregnancy. :)

Jay - posted on 09/03/2011

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Thanx Dannikka!
No way to stop him at the mo anyway, He will not take a bottle and only drinks water from his cup! If there is milk or formula he spits it everywhere! He knows I am trying to trick him! :P xx

Denikka - posted on 09/03/2011

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Breastfeeding may not increase your risk of miscarrying, but it will lower your chances of getting pregnant. It can actually be used as a viable form of birth control.
No harm in trying though :P I breastfed (not exclusively) to a year, that's when my son self weaned. I was pregnant within a month after I stopped :P My kids are 22 months apart :P Good luck with the second little one :)

Jay - posted on 09/03/2011

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Thanx Sara,
I don't know what my goal is! It was 6 months, but he is still going strong and wont even take breastmilk from a bottle so it is not even my choice any more!!
But I am enjoying it and it still feels so natural. I thought it would feel strange after 6 months but it doesn't.
The main reason I wanted to stop at 6 months was because we want to have another, but He isn't ready to stop and we are ready to try again, so tandem nursing seems like the answer.. It just wasn't something I had planned on! xxxx

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No. It doesn't increase your risk of miscarriage. Assuming your pregnancy is normal and healthy it's safe to continue nursing. If issues with preterm labor come up you may be advised to stop. I highly recommend the book, "Adventures in Tandem Nursing" by Hilary Flower. It has a lot of info about nursing through pregnancy and tandem nursing. Many doctors are not informed on this subject and may tell you you have to stop. Nursing through pregnancy is not easy though. Your little one may refuse the breast due to taste changes or lowered supply. If you want to nurse to a year (or whatever your goal is) you may want to consider waiting a few more months before you start to try. I also recommend looking for a La Leche League group near you. I joined shortly after becoming pregnant with my second. The support was/is amazing. I don't think I would've made it through this pregnancy still nursing if it wasn't for those moms. I have a 27 month old and a seven week old. Good luck!

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