Now that you have confirmation that a new baby is on the way, your mind may be racing and wondering about your older child, who is breastfeeding. Depending on your older child's age, you may not have been planning to wean him or her yet- and don't necessarily have to make that decision. Many moms to be can continue to breastfeed while pregnant, but you should check with your doctor or midwife first to make sure that this is the best decision for you.
Our Best Tips to Help you when Breastfeeding While Pregnant.
1. Be sure to take good care of yourself by eating well. Good nutrition is important during this time. You're not only nurturing a growing baby, but you are also nursing your older child.
2. Morning sickness can be an issue during any pregnancy, but sometimes breastfeeding can aggravate this all-too-common condition. Try eating crackers or a peice of toast while nursing to keep the nausea at bay. If you find that these measures don't help and you are feeling drained and miserable, you may need to consider weaning your older child.
3. Sore nipples are common in early pregnancy and breastfeeding can aggravate this symptom. Your older child may not be very careful about the way he or she latches on. You can cope by keeping nursing sessions short; try counting to 10 out loud and then offering your child a drink and a snack from a cup as a distraction.
4. As your pregnancy advances, your milk supply will decrease. This is a normal side effect of your pregnancy. Do add more food and drink to your other child's diet to compensate.
5. You'll also have to experiment with new positions for breastfeeding as your new pregnancy advances. Having your child lie across your lap may not be as comfortable in later months. Lying side to side can work, and it will take pressure off your back. A toddler may feel comfortable with sitting beside you to nurse.
6. Once your new baby arrives, you can continue breastfeeding both of your children. You'll want your newborn to get a good feeding of colostrum in the first few days after the birth, so make sure you feed your newborn first. Once your milk comes in and breastfeeding is well established, you may want to let the older child feed first, especially if you have too much milk or an overactive letdown.