If you get pregnant and you are breastfeeding does your milk supply dry up?
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ME - posted on 07/08/2009
I recently got pregnant while brestfeeding...my son is 17 months old...and just because I haven't seen this info here, I will share it with you all...My son seemed to know before I did that I was preggo because he started reacting very strangely to either the taste of the Milk or the amount I was producing. He would act like he wanted to breastfeed really badly and then make a face and quit after 20 - 30 seconds. I also felt a funny feeling in my tummy, which is NOT breastfeeding aversion...it's contractions, and according to my OBGYN CAN, but doesn't always cause complications in a pregnancy. This, of course, makes sense to me now that I've been told, because one of the benefits of breastfeeding to a new mother is the contractions that it causes which help the uterus to go back to normal. My uterus, then, is expanding for the new baby, and breastfeeding my son is causing it to contract back down! The second thing that I have noticed is that I am dramatically losing weight...I am 5'9" and went from 146 ten days ago, to 139. My doctor is concerned about me continuing to breast feed through this pregnancy because of the contractions and because of the weight loss. She did NOT suggest that I cut my son off entirely right away...but she did suggest that I replace some of his daily b-fing times with Milk, and encourage any signs from him that he is ready to ween completely. We have continued to bf at 4am when he wakes up, and first thing in the morning before he has breakfast...but the rest of the times I have cut out. This was hard for me, because I LOVE breastfeeding, and did not want to force-ween him, but I also want to do what's best/safest for his new sibling...I just thought I'd share...not so you will follow MY advice, but at least talk to a Doctor before you make any final decisions!
Lori - posted on 05/07/2013
Ericka - congratulations!
The decrease in supply might last until just before your new baby is born, when you body is getting ready to make milk again. The best thing you can do is to continue to eat enough, and drink enough fluids. And remember, the hormones that are causing your milk supply to drop, are the same hormones that are supporting your new pregnancy.
There's a great book by Hilary Flower called "Adventures in Tandem Nursing" I know you can get it on Amazon, but can probably find it other places too. It's the only in depth book that I'm aware of that deals with nursing a baby through pregnancy. I read it when I got pregnant with my 2nd and I was still nursing my first. Answered so many questions that I had.
Along those lines, keep a good eye on your 5 month old to make sure your LO is getting enough. You may find nursing more frequently helps. Best of Luck to you!
Sonia - posted on 07/07/2009
I nursed my daughter through my pregnancy w/ my son. I did notice that my milk supply dropped quite dramatically but my daughter insisted that there was still milk for her. She was 2 and already nursing less frequently, so I might have had more milk if she were younger and nursing more. Anyhow, she continued to nurse the whole pregnancy and let me know when there was colostrum in my third trimester. When my son was born, my milk came in so much faster than it had when I had my daughter. I tandem nursed for awhile after my son was born. Then my daughter self-weaned and my son continued to nurse until he self-weaned.
If a woman is practicing ecological breastfeeding (on cue around the clock, no pacifiers or bottles or supplements, delayed solids for at least 6 months), the average return to fertility is 14.5 months, I think. Of course, that being an average, some women will return to fertility earlier and some women won't return to fertility until after weaning.
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Kim - posted on 07/09/2009
I got my first period again when my daughter was 6mths and I fell pregnant that month she knew before I did she did the whole not liking the taste of my milk for a week or so then she got used to it and I didnt have a problem feeding her again (I since lost the pregnancy but that had nothing to do with breastfeeding).I didnt have any problems with my milk the whole time just have to keep up the vitamins and lots of water!
Vanessa - posted on 07/08/2009
I'm still nursing my daughter and I'm pregnant. I'm slowing down though, cause I plan on BFing new baby.
you can breastfeed both of them if you want too.
i am currently breastfeeding both my children (and they are not twins).
My period returned 5 weeks postpartum for both my children despite exclusively breastfeeding. The are totally regular, coming about every 29 days. Sometimes a little longer. My daughter is 3 mo./13w and I have had 2 periods and can tell number 3 is on her way. URGH! Just like clock work, just like it was with my son. I am still breastfeeding my son even, and my daughter now too, yet I got my period back right away. I got pregnant the second time at 19.5 months postpartum. About a year ahead of plans. We were using condoms, but when my period would come each month we'd go without anything... well we started pushing it a day or two past the end of my period. Well that 19th month we got pregnant. Whhooopppsss! It's worked out well actually. My kids are 27mo. apart and we have a boy and girl so we are done! Hubby is going to get snipped, especially since Aunt Flow came back once again at 5w postpartum.
Savannah - posted on 07/07/2009
Any holy cow, yes, you can get preggo while breastfeeding. I haven't had a period since July 17 2006. That was the month before I got pregnant with my first child. I've had another child since then and am preggo again. Without my silly little period.
Savannah - posted on 07/07/2009
It did for me, but I know that that isn't the norm. I was devastated, though, let me tell you. I loved breastfeeding my boys. I'm NOT getting preggo again after this coming baby and I'm gonna breastfeed this kid until he refuses to do it anymore! lol
Vanessa - posted on 07/07/2009
Wow, so you CAN get pregnant while breastfeeding! So did any of you get your period at all during breastfeeding?
hi Annie.....my periods returned when my daughter was 15 months old. (and still breastfeeding).
i avioded pregnancy until my child was 2 as i wasn't ready yet and then i got pregnant shortly after my daughters second birthday.
so yes....you can definatley get pregnant while breastfeeding.....don't let anyone tell you that you have to wean your little one to have another baby. if your not ovulating around the time you are ready to conceive contact your local breastfeeding support group (LLL or ABA or whatever it is where you live) and the can give you advise on getting your periods back while still breastfeeding.
Vanessa - posted on 07/06/2009
i breastfed right throughout my pregnancy and no my milk supply didn't "dry up".
i think my milk supply decreased slightly and around 28-30weeks of pregnancy my milk reverted back to colostrom for the new baby, but my daughter didn't mind and kept breastfeeding anyway. now i am breastfeeding them both.
i also had breastfeeding aversion (the creepy feeling in the tummy etc the other lady was talking about), but that wasn't until late in the pregnancy and i managed to feed through it just by limiting the length of the feeds to a few minutes each time.
an excellent resource on breastfeeding during pregnancy is "Adventures in tandem nursing" by Hilary Flower......it has many womens experiences in breastfeeding during pregnancy as different women report different experiences in breastfeeding during pregnancy.
Tanya, I totally agree, it depends on the person. However, I was so freakin' stressed because of our complications (poly is often not a problem at all, but when it is a problem it can be VERY serious), so I was so so so stressed. I was sure my daughter and/or I was going to die. We of course are fine and again my supply was and is just fine. Pregnancy didn't have much of an impact on nursing at all... other than I had the "creepies" and would limit the length of each nursing session while I was PG. I think I was very fortunate!
Tanya - posted on 07/06/2009
It depends on the person my aunt dried up almost right away but her friend nursed through her whole pregnancy and just kept going when the baby was born. It might also dry up faster if you are stressed. Thats what the doctor said was the reason my aunt had a problem.
Also, I didn't notice colostrum until I actually had my daughter, then it switched. My son did not nurse the entire time we were in the hospital either. I had polyhydramnios (excessive amniotic fluid) and my daughter was LGA, yet we still breastfed during pregnancy despite these complications, but it did mean a scheduled medically necessary c-section. So we were in the hospital for 3 days. Again, he didn't nurse that entire time, and by the morning of the 3rd day my milk was in. So my daughter got all colostrum. Although my understanding is your body will produce however much is needed/demanded, until your milk comes in.
My son is 2.5yrs old and still breastfeeds. My daughter is 13 weeks and breastfeeding exclusively (although I do give her pumped milk in a bottle, but it's all breast milk). Anyway, I never did dry up. My son didn't slow at all either. He nursed strong although I had to limit the time, like you can only nurse for 5 mins or 10mins at a time because I got butterflies in my tummy, the creepies, often and couldn't stand for him to nurse longer. But, that feeling went away w/birth and they both nurse strong now. I have a nice supply that regulated much faster this time.
Shawna - posted on 07/06/2009
Here is a great link for nursing and pregnancy. I breastfed my daughter during my second pregnancy until she self weaned.http://www.kellymom.com/bf/tandem/index....
My supply did drop a bit, as most may do. Your body will stop making milk and start producing colostrum as it prepares for your newborn. My supply did not drop heavily until I was 6 months pregnant.
Nikki - posted on 07/06/2009
I successfully breastfed my son while I was pregnant with my daughter. I just had to make sure I took in enough vitamins and calories to support the both of them. Talk to your doc and a nutritionist, they were able to give me a diet plan to follow.
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