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I’m pregnant again. Should I stop breastfeeding my child?

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Breastfeeding and pregnant again!! If this is the case with you, you must be having a lot of queries. Dr. Sayed Mujahid Husain, Paediatrician with Apollo Medical Centre, Bangalore, India explains why breastfeeding while pregnancy is possible and safe unless advised otherwise by your doctor.

There is no contraindication to feeding a baby if you are carrying again. The composition of your breast milk does not change. You need to see your comfortability and decide how long into gestation period you want to feed.

If you decide to breastfeed while expecting again, you will experience uterine contraction during breastfeeding. But these contractions are not strong enough to trigger labour or miscarriage. Similarly, some of the pregnancy hormones are bound to enter your breast milk, which again is quite harmless to your breastfeeding child.

Also, pregnancy does not change the composition of breast milk, and neither breastfeeding poses any threat to your unborn child. Whether you should wean or continue breastfeeding during pregnancy would depend on a lot of factors.

Here are some of the pointers that you should keep in mind before deciding to quit or continue breastfeeding:

  • The age of your child. Children below the age of 6 months and dependant on breastfeeding for nutrition will be affected by weaning.
  • Your fatigue level
  • Morning sickness and nausea
  • Your child’s readiness to wean
  • Your nutritional need
  • Your present circumstances

Breastfeeding during pregnancy is usually given a green signal by the doctors. Only in some exceptional cases, your doctor might ask you to wean your child to safeguard your developing foetus. Some of the reasons could be:

  • If you are expecting twins
  • You have uterine bleeding or pain
  • You have been asked to avoid sex during pregnancy
  • You are at a risk of preterm labour
  • You have a high-risk pregnancy

Your breast milk supplies may decrease towards the 4-5th month of pregnancy. Your child may find the taste of your breast milk change a bit, that can lead your toddler to feed infrequently and ultimately stop breastfeeding.

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