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Breastfeeding during pregnancy

Breastfeeding during pregnancy


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Women can become pregnant while breastfeeding a baby. Many mothers want to raise two children as close as possible and choose to get pregnant as soon as the first is born. But one of the worries that lies in this situation is breastfeeding. Can they still breastfeed or affect the pregnancy?

Is breastfeeding safe during pregnancy?

Mothers have the impression that if they become pregnant during breastfeeding they will have to turn the baby they are breastfeeding and thus give up breast feeding. But doctors do not advise mothers to give up breastfeeding even if a pregnancy occurs during this time.

Particularities of breastfeeding during pregnancy

  • tandem breastfeeding is extremely common; so, not only can you breastfeed during pregnancy, but you can breastfeed both children at the same time (after the baby is born) even if they are different ages;

  • breastfeeding during pregnancy could trigger uterine contractions, but which do not pose problems; they are similar to those during exercise or orgasm during pregnancy;

  • breastfeeding does not necessarily increase the risk of miscarriage unless you have a very high risk pregnancy;

  • you will need a double dose of rest, because you will feel more tired when breastfeeding during pregnancy;

  • many women who are breastfeeding while pregnant find that they have more sensitive nipples; you can alleviate the discomfort if you often move the baby from one breast to another when breastfeeding;

  • it is necessary to pay much more attention to nutrition if you are pregnant and breastfeeding at the same time; the explanation lies in the fact that your body must provide both quality milk for baby food and essential nutrients to ensure normal growth and development of the fetus in the womb;

  • you can notice that during pregnancy the milk secretion decreases, especially in the second trimester of pregnancy; if the baby does not receive enough milk, consider the possibility of supplementing his food with artificial milk formulas;

  • sometimes, you may find that your baby refuses to breast feed; pregnancy can change the taste of milk which could cause the baby to self-quit because he does not like the taste; it may be only a late period or it may be the end of breastfeeding the baby; however, do not hesitate to try to breastfeed her if you still have milk.

When is breastfeeding contraindicated in pregnancy?

The only case where there is a clear prohibition of breastfeeding during pregnancy is when the mother has a medical history of abortions or was born prematurely. In this case, the uterus can be extremely sensitive to uterine contractions and the hormones produced by breastfeeding.

However, there is no medical evidence to prove that, except in this case, breastfeeding raises the risk of miscarriage or preterm birth.

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