A lot of mums worry about if it is safe to breastfeed while they are pregnant especially if their child is not old enough to be weaned. This worry is very understandable because every mother wants to make sure they are not putting their baby’s life in danger.
According to Jan Barger a Lactation Consultant on BabyCentre, there's no reason not to continue breastfeeding while you're pregnant if you want to do so. You may worry that you won't be able to eat enough to both nourish the baby growing inside and produce enough breast milk for the nursing, but our bodies are amazing and they know exactly what to do.
Eating a healthy, well-balanced diet eating when you're hungry and drinking when you're thirsty is all that's needed.
Here are some other things to be aware of as you nurse during pregnancy. All of these are perfectly normal:
- Your nipples and breasts may be more tender during pregnancy.
- Your milk supply may diminish a bit.
According to MayoClinic, it's safe to continue breastfeeding while pregnant as long as you're careful about eating a healthy diet and drinking plenty of fluids. However, breast-feeding can trigger mild uterine contractions. Although these contractions aren't a concern during an uncomplicated pregnancy, your doctor might discourage breastfeeding while pregnant if you're at risk for preterm labor.
While breastfeeding during pregnancy is generally considered safe, there are some cases where weaning may be advisable:
- If you have a high-risk pregnancy or are at risk for preterm labor
- If you are carrying twins
- If you have been advised to avoid sex while pregnant
- If you are having bleeding or uterine pain
Although, it is safe to both babies it is important to take note that as the mother you are now going to be eating for three. You have to make sure your diet is able to accommodate the three of you. During pregnancy, nipple tenderness and breast soreness are common. The discomfort might intensify while breastfeeding.
Fatigue during pregnancy is very common and normal and probably has very little to do with breastfeeding. Taking care of a child breastfeeding or not is usually stressful even without adding pregnancy to the mix.
We would just advise that if your child is old enough to be weaned this would be the a good time to wean the child. Children would probably just be a little fussy because they notice that they are not getting all the attention again. Make sure that your child knows they still have your attention and love and they would be fine.