Frequent question: Can a pregnant woman continue breastfeeding her baby?

Yes, your body will carry on making milk while you’re pregnant, so you’ll be able to breastfeed. While you’re breastfeeding your toddler, your unborn baby will still get all the nutrients she needs from your body. Make sure you’re eating well, so you don’t go short yourself.

What are the side effects of breastfeeding while pregnant?

What are the risks of breastfeeding while pregnant?

  • sore nipples.
  • nausea (may be triggered during letdown)
  • fatigue.
  • feelings of being overwhelmed.
  • a decreased milk supply.
  • changes to your breast milk — the color, consistency, and taste may change.

Is it okay to continue breastfeeding while pregnant?

Generally, it’s safe to continue breast-feeding 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.

When should I stop breastfeeding when pregnant?

2 American Academy of Pediatrics recommends a minimum of one year of breastfeeding, and the World Health Organization calls for two years or more. Moreover, continued breastfeeding can be helpful to your toddler’s adjustment to a new baby.

How long can you breastfeed while pregnant?

If a mother is at risk of preterm labor, she should not breastfeed while pregnant until the baby reaches at least 37 weeks gestation, Hafken says.

Can breastfeeding while pregnant cause miscarriage?

Breastfeeding during pregnancy is an unlikely reason for the miscarriage. Expectant parents may also worry about sex, lifting or exercise, stress or depression, or experiencing a sudden shock or fright. None of these has been shown to cause pregnancy loss.

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