Breastfeeding while pregnant? Here is another decision a mother needs to make.
Bare with me through this article and find out all the info you need about nursing during pregnancy.
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The main concerns that mothers have about breastfeeding while pregnant are:
1. Can breastfeeding make my uterus to contract and lead to preterm birth or miscarriage?
NO. Oxytocin is being released during pregnancy. This is the same hormone that "calls" the labor to begin. However, women's uterus doesn't listen to this hormone (because the amount is very small) until mother is 37 weeks pregnant.
So you should not worry a bit about breastfeeding while pregnant.
But a mother who:
should consider weaning a child during pregnancy.
2. Will breastfeeding affect the nutrition of my unborn baby?
NO. If you are eating healthy nutritious meals, your body does take good care of you, your unborn child and the child who is nursing.
But if you are anemic, vegetarian, eating dairy-free or if you are not gaining enough weight - you should think of special dietary supplements.
3. Is my nursing toddler still getting nutritious breast milk?
YES. Your milk is safe for your breastfeeding child. Even though some of pregnancy hormones get into your breast milk, they are considered too low to do any harm or affect your nursing child.
To conclude, if you are having regular, normal, healthy pregnancy, then there are no medical or physical reasons to stop breastfeeding during pregnancy.
Even though there are a lot good reasons to breastfeed while you are pregnant, there might be some downside to it too.
These are common problems for breastfeeding mothers who are pregnant:
Keep in mind that sore, cracked, bleeding nipples can cause skin or breast infection. Many times mothers just need to fix the latch and try different breastfeeding positions when nursing toddlers.
have frequent meals or healthy snack such as crackers or bread before or while nursing. This should stop the nausea and rise your low blood sugar levels.
Drink more water.
Take some rest. Exhaustion can make you feel sick too.
Try breastfeeding at times when you don’t feel nausea.
Be patient. It will pass.
There are a lot of hormones for sure during pregnancy. Now add the ones that come around when you breastfeed. Women react differently to all of those hormones.
Almost 1/3 of all breastfeeding pregnant mothers experience completely new psychological feelings that are mostly because of the hormones. The agitation, the uncomfortableness during nursing time can start during mid-pregnancy and may last till the end of the pregnancy or continue through tandem breastfeeding.
If you are bothered by some moody days, try this:
- Shorten your days by doing less. Do the stuff you really need.
- Assure your partner that you still love him, even though it doesn't look like thanks to last melt down. Try to spend more time with him
- Do the things you love. Is it yoga, knitting, baking or building furniture? Whatever makes you feel good.
- If something is bothering you - don't keep it in - let it out. In a most acceptable way you can.
Make sure to look for the right support. Having someone who supports you and advises you at the moments, instead of questioning your decisions, can save you a lot of unneeded stress.
- First you should know that there are a lot of mothers who feel that way and it is natural and nothing wrong with it.
- Try to relax, meditate and take your thought away.
- Listen to your favorite music, read a book, watch a movie, talk to somebody
- Limit nursing sessions.
- Talk with somebody about your experiences. Find a mother who nursed while pregnant. She will understand you better.
What will happen with my breast milk when I become pregnant?
However, most women feel a decrease in milk supply starting mid-pregnancy. Also at around the same time, breast milk is changing into colostrum. At this point your nursing toddler may not be so fond of "mommy's milk" anymore. In fact some women found the breast milk to be saltier, thinner and of course less of it.
That's when most of the nursing children wean. Some wean for good, some come back to breastfeed after the real milk comes back, which is 3-4 days after the new baby is born.
Basically you should do the same things you did while you were pregnant and not breastfeeding. Maybe just a little extra now.
If you feel breastfeeding while pregnant is too much, you might think of ways to gently wean your child.
The best way to wean your nursing toddler is gradually. First, stop offering breast to him. Avoid sitting in the places where you usually nurse. Do not hold him in the positions he usually nurses. If he asks for a nurse, try offering him some healthy snacks or distract his attention. If it is impossible - don't refuse the breast.
As every child is different, the weaning process may vary. Some women decide to keep breastfeeding during pregnancy, because it was just too hard to wean the nursing child.
What was your experience while breastfeeding during pregnancy?
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