Breastfeeding whilst pregnant

Breastfeeding While Pregnant

If you are breastfeeding when you become pregnant with another baby, it is absolutely fine to continue to breastfeed the older child throughout your pregnancy for all but a very few women.

It may help you to keep your toddler calm and contented when you feel tired or unwell, and your toddler will continue to benefit from your milk and from the comfort and closeness he gets from breastfeeding.  Many toddlers wean themselves off breastfeeding while mum is pregnant, because the milk supply does decrease, but some toddlers and some mums like to continue throughout the pregnancy, right up to the birth of the new baby.  When breastfeeding of an older child continues following the birth of a new baby, it is important to ensure that the new baby is fed first and is fed according to their demands.  It may be convenient to allocate a specifice breast to each baby/child, according to preference or once the younger baby has established breastfeeding.  Continuining to breastfeed the toddler and the new baby is called tandem feeding, and many mums find that continuing to breastfeed the toddler helps the older chil to adjust to and accept the new baby.

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