Breastfeeding During Pregnancy

The decision whether or not to continue breastfeeding through a pregnancy is an individual one. Allowing mom to discuss and separate out her feelings (physically and emotionally) can be of help to her. 

Considerations include:

  • Age of the nursing child
  • Child’s readiness to wean
  • Whether mom is experiencing breastfeeding related discomforts
  • Possible changes in mother's milk supply and the taste, causing child to wean self

Obviously, there are some health concerns, which could affect the decision, these include:

  • History of premature delivery
  • Uterine pain or bleeding
  • Continued weight loss by mom

Further information:

  • The side effects of pregnancy, such as fatigue, nausea, a growing abdomen and sore nipples may cause emotional ups and downs about the decision to continue to breastfeed.
  • Breastfeeding in and of itself is not a drain on physical energy. However, most women do feel fatigued with pregnancy.
  • If the nursing baby is less than one year, it’s important to watch the infant’s weight gain. If baby is not gaining appropriately, it could be due to a decrease in the milk supply (which can happen, usually in the last four months of pregnancy).
  • A well-nourished mom should have no problems providing for her unborn child and nursing. Often, more calories and an extra vitamin supplement are needed.
  • Uterine contractions commonly experienced during breastfeeding do not cause a threat in a normal pregnancy.

Probably the best option for a mom who is unsure of her decision to breastfeed while pregnant is to simply take each day as it comes, rather than quickly deciding to wean.