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Can you Breastfeed While Pregnant?

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If you are already nursing one child, and find out that you have another one on the way, can you breastfeed while pregnant with the other one? As long as you want to and your doctor has not cautioned against it, the answer is "Yes."

Some mothers continue nursing right through a subsequent pregnancy. After the baby is born, they tandem nurse, which means they breastfeed the newborn and their older child as well.

Breastfeeding While Pregnant: What You Need to Know

- Breastfeeding During Pregnancy is Safe

Breastfeeding while pregnant is considered safe for most women, you will eed to make sure that you are eating a healthy diet and drinking plenty of fluids. Be sure to eat when you are hungry and drink when you are thirsty. Your body will look after making sure that you are making enough milk to feed your baby and nurture the new life growing inside you.

- You May Experience Physical Change

During your pregnancy, you may notice that your breast and nipples are tender, and your milk supply dimish somewhat as your pregnancy progresses. These changes are normal. Your breastfeeding child may decide to wean him or herself off the breast before the baby is born.

The content of your breast milk will change as your delivery date draws closer. If you are nursing a toddler who is able to speak, he or she may tell you that it tastes different. As you get closer to the arrival of your newborn, your breast milk takes on a colostrum-type quality.This is the food your newborn will drink after birth and the first few days of life. It has a thick, yellowish consistency.

- Nipple Stimulation Should not Lead to Premature Labour

You need nipple stimulation by your older child to tell your body to start the "let down" process so that he or she can nurse by producing the hormone oxytocin. It is released by the body during labour and causes the uterus to contract. Under normal circumstances, the amount released during breastfeeding is not enough to trigger premature labour.

Breastfeeding is safe unless your doctor or midwife has said that you are at a high risk for early labour and put you on strict bed rest, which means no lovemaking or breast play allowed.