Pregnant While Breastfeeding
All doctors unanimously agree that breastfeeding is the best choice for both mother and her newborn baby; doctors will urge new mothers to breastfeed their newborn babies and also advise against giving their babies formula at all in the first 6 months of their baby’s life. There are various benefits for both the baby and mother in breastfeeding; this is why doctors always urge mothers to breastfeed their babies. Some of those benefits include but are not limited to:
• All nutrients that baby needs for the first 6 months of life are found in breast milk.
• Protection for baby against viruses going around because breast milk is filled a special substance that a mother’s body makes to protect her baby against common viruses that can make people sick.
• There’s a lower chance of baby being allergic to different foods when baby is breastfed.
• There’s a lower risk of developing breast cancer when a mother breastfeeds her baby.
We all know that breastfeeding is great but what about when a woman is pregnant? Can she still breastfeed her toddler or young baby while she is pregnant?
Breastfeeding while pregnant
While many doctors are against pregnant women breastfeeding their older babies, there are a small percentage of doctors who don’t have any problems with it. They let the woman choose if she wants to continue breastfeeding her older child or not while she is pregnant.
It is believed that when a breastfeeding woman gets pregnant, if she doesn’t stop breastfeeding the developing baby in the mother’s womb may not get adequate nutrients for it to grow. This is why some doctors ask mothers to stop breastfeeding early on in her pregnancy. Another concern with breastfeeding when pregnant is preterm labor.When a woman nurses her child, the uterus will usually contract. Some doctors fear that this contraction of the uterus might lead to preterm labor which then will result in a miscarriage. However, there are doctors that argue against breastfeeding ever causing any miscarriages or preterm labor. In fact there are no real research out there to suggest that breastfeeding while pregnant causes miscarriages and preterm labor.
While there are a lot of women that do like breastfeeding while pregnant, there are also women who choose breastfeeding while pregnant and don’t face any challenges or problems and that do it successfully. These women even go further on to tandem nursing.
Tandem nursing is when a mother nurses both her older child and her newborn baby and continues to do so with both babies.
There is a lot of benefit in tandem nursing. Both babies get the full benefit of breast milk. However, it can get overwhelming for some mothers to nurse both babies. Again, it all depends on each woman individually. Some women don’t find tandem nursing overwhelming or difficult and in fact enjoy the close relationship between both children. Nursing both babies at the same time is believed to lessen jealousy in the older child as well.