Thursday, March 26, 2009

Breastfeeding while Pregnant

Yes, I am in that situation right now. I'm officially 5 weeks and 6 days pregnant at the moment. And I am still breastfeeding my third son whom just turns 20 months recently.

Can we breastfeed while pregnant?

The answer is YES.

I share with you some of the excerpt I manage to get from the net.

Breastfeeding during pregnancy is fine for most women, although it's important to eat well. Hormonal changes in the early days may give you sensitive nipples making breastfeeding difficult. Nipple stimulation through breastfeeding or making love will cause mild uterine contractions, but, for most women, these are not strong enough to create a problem. However, if you have a history of premature delivery or miscarriage, or if you are bleeding, then you might need to think about weaning your older child.

Taken from here.

Another one

You may find well meaning friends and family express concern about the health and well being of your unborn baby if you continue breastfeeding during pregnancy. Here are some facts you should know about breastfeeding during pregnancy. These facts should arm you with the information you need to know to make appropriate decisions regarding your health and that of your unborn child.

  • Tandem breastfeeding is common. You don't necessarily have to wean your toddler or baby if you become pregnant while breastfeeding. You may decide to continue nursing both your babies after your pregnancy.

  • Breastfeeding during pregnancy will result in some uterine contractions, but uterine contractions are experienced regularly throughout pregnancy as with exercise or during orgasm.

  • Breastfeeding will not necessarily increase your risk of miscarriage, unless you are already at risk for miscarriage during pregnancy.

  • You will need extra rest and will probably feel more fatigued if you continue breastfeeding during pregnancy.

  • You will need to eat adequate nutrition to support your breastfeeding relationship and support the nutritional needs of your unborn baby. You may want to consult with a nutritionist to ensure you are eating enough to support both your children's needs, as well as your own.

  • Many women who breastfeed during pregnancy find their nipples are more tender than normal. You can try switching your baby's position to help alleviate this discomfort.

  • Many women find that their supply of breast milk decreases during their second trimester. You may need to supplement at this point if your baby isn't getting enough nourishment. Other times, the flavor of your milk may change around this time, and some babies self wean because they may not like the change.

  • Proceed gradually regardless of the decision you make. If you do decide to wean you should take your time so as to minimize the impact on your nursing infant.

Taken from here.

And the best (at least for me) is taken from here.


[S]itie [B]Um [B]Um said...

thanks for the info =)

NeroEcha said...

Mmg ok jer bf ms pregnant tapi satu je ko kena tahan nanti nipples ko akan rasa sakit bangat bila anak ko nak bf...tak salah aku lepas 4 bln baru rasa ler.