Breastfeeding During Pregnancy

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You usually can continue breastfeeding your child if you become pregnant. If you breastfeed while you are pregnant, be aware of the following issues:

  • Breastfeeding during pregnancy is not recommended if you are at risk for preterm labor. Breastfeeding may stimulate uterine contractions, which can lead to premature birth.
  • You need additional calories and nutrients if you breastfeed during pregnancy. See your health professional or a dietitian for dietary planning.
  • You may experience more fatigue, nausea, and nipple soreness if you breastfeed during pregnancy.
  • Your milk supply may drop around the fourth month of pregnancy. The breastfeeding baby may start weaning naturally around this time.

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ByHealthwise Staff

Primary Medical Reviewer Sarah A. Marshall, MD - Family Medicine

Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine

Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine

Specialist Medical Reviewer Kirtly Jones, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology, Reproductive Endocrinology

Current as ofNovember 21, 2017