is it Ok to Breast feeding while Pregnant

Mphatso - posted on 06/28/2010 ( 7 moms have responded )

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I am still breastfeeding my 16 Months old son and I am pregnant. I feel guity as i was told that it is not healthy to beast feed while pregnant. My son loves breast milk, the other day i tried to wean him he cried the whole night. I still enjoy breast feeding him, and he loves his breast milk. What should i do?

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Amy - posted on 07/02/2010

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If you are both happy breastfeeding then feel free to carry on. If you think back to before bottles then surely it's natural to nurse more than one child? Back in the dark ages a mother wouldn't stop feeding their 9/10 mnth old for the new baby.

I don't know what effect it has on the type of milk - maybe your son will get richer breastmilk when your new baby is born as i know milk changes according to the needs of your child as time goes on.

If you do decide to wean or cut down on the amount you're breast feeding there are many things you can do... Supplementing it with bottle, giving drinks in cups so they're not as thirsty etc. I stopped breastfeeding at 15mnths but the amount had been reducing for quite some time and then he bit me really hard several times. We were ready to stop. Don't just suddenly in one go stop as he won't understand why you wont comfort him any more.

Kathryn - posted on 07/01/2010

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I don't know where you heard this or who it was that told you, but breastfeeding is the best option to offer your baby at any age. My 2 oldest girls are 14 months apart and I breastfed while pregnant then went on to tandem nurse until the older one self weaned. I continued to nurse the other one and then was pregnant again. She weaned while I was pregnant just before her second birthday. My youngest daughter is now almost 17 months old and she is still nursing, and for a very brief period after she was born, my middle daughter went back to occasional nursing.
It's completely false that nursing takes away nutrients or anything from an unborn baby during pregnancy. Keep nursing. Let your baby self-wean when ready! Good for you and your little one if you're still nursing strong!

Gloria - posted on 07/01/2010

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Well, my 2 younger brothers are 13 months apart. My mom BF'd my 1st brother until a week before my other brother was born. They are both very smart individuals the middle child (brother #1) will be 30 this year.

Pauline - posted on 07/01/2010

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It's perfectly fine. I breastfed through my entire last pregnancy. The baby was perfectly healthy. I had no issues with preterm labor. My boys are 1 and 3 and still nursing :)

You should contact LLL.

Kasey - posted on 06/29/2010

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Im not sure but I thought you weren't supposed stimulate your nipples while you were pregnant. call a nurseline, or your doctor.

Tracy - posted on 06/28/2010

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It is perfectly ok to feed whe pregnant. I did, my older daughter self weaned at 19 months and by then I was 24 weeks pregnant with number 2. she is BF as well and shows no sign of stopping. There are many women out there who tandem feed (a toddler and baby) alongside each other, I would of tried had Nat continued. I did have a GP tell me not to feed when pregnant, but my helth visitor who is a BF councillor put my mind at rest as she agreed with the info I had researched about feeding myself. Don't feel pressured into anything that you don't want to do, if you and you little one are happy to feed through pregnancy ( and beyond ) then well done you.
Good luck x

Shara - posted on 06/28/2010

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Not sure who told you it was unhealthy to breastfeed while pregnant, but that is absolutely false. Many moms breastfeed while pregnant with their next child and some even co-nurse once the next baby arrives. I too am pregnant with my second child and have not yet completely weaned my first. Perhaps you should consult with a Certified Lactation consultant who can give you some information to help. It is possible that your hormones in the 2nd trimester may change the composition of your milk and your current baby won't like it anymore. He would then most likely self-wean. Good luck and happy breastfeeding!!

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