Breastfeeding during pregnancy

Adele - posted on 02/23/2012 ( 7 moms have responded )

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I have a preemie baby aged 3mnths+ and he was born at 24wks gestation. He is breastfed and I have just found out I am pregnant with my second child! Am I still ok to carry on breastfeeding?! Is there any one out there with help or advice that may have been in this same situation themselves!?

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Lori - posted on 02/23/2012

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Most women can continue to breastfeed during their entire pregnancy without any harm to themselves or the pregnancy. Look up Hillary Flowers book called "Adventures in Tandem Nursing". It has lots of helpful information about breastfeeding throughout your pregnancy, and about nursing both an older baby and a new baby.



There are a few cases where you should not continue to nurse through a pregnancy... but they're relatively rare. I'd suggest getting the above book, reading it through, and discussing it with your Dr. Is the reason your first baby was born early something that puts this baby at higher risk of also being born premature?



If you want to do some more internet searches... google the term "tandem nursing" There's also a group here on Circle of Moms for tandem nursing moms. You might want to check that out.

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Shauna - posted on 02/26/2012

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I've heard your breastmilk can change flavor and the baby may (but also may not) reject it. I was pregnant the month we weaned my son (didn't know it at the time) and he sure didn't want to drink much that month from me. But if baby's up for it still, and you are, then you're just fine!

Nicole - posted on 02/24/2012

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I did my training for becoming a lactation specialist! You may cramp more then usual due to nursing while pregnant, but you shouldn't be alarmed by it! Your uterus contracts while feeding is all. If you have certain medical conditions you would need to consult your OB.

Nicole - posted on 02/24/2012

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I went to my first OB appointment and When the dr. walked in I was nursing my 11 month old :) She thought it was wonderful that I will continue to feed her! She will ween when she is ready too. I will feed both once this baby comes if she still wants to be nursed! As long as she needs it She will get it :)

Lori - posted on 02/24/2012

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Generally the contractions that nursing brings on are more like braxton hicks contractions and will not induce labor. However with you already having a premature baby once I wouldn't want to advise you incorrectly. And I do agree it would probably be in your sons best interest if you were to continue to breastfeed him. Breastfeeding offers so many protections to babies, and being premature he needs those protections even more. Hopefully your Dr. is supportive of breastfeeding, and is knowledgeable about the safety of continuing to breastfeed while pregnant. Another person to contact would be an IBCLC. (International Board Certified Lactation Consultant). If you know one already give her a call and ask your questions. If not it may be worth your time to find one in your area. An IBCLC is generally more knowledgeable than just a LC (Lactation Consultant). Many also will answer questions over the phone for free.

Adele - posted on 02/24/2012

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Thank you, I definitely have to have a read of this book you've mentioned! I will speak to my midwife and also Dr about carrying on breastfeeding whilst being pregnant. I wasn't at all concerned about carrying on nursing my son until my partner read something about breastfeeding bringing on contractions especially if there was a history of early labour. I will carry on asking about it and searching for various answers as I am very keen on nursing my son as he's taken so well :)



Thank you ever so much for your time Lori :)

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