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Breastfeeding During Pregnancy

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Topic Overview

You usually can continue breastfeeding your child if you become pregnant. If you breastfeed while you are pregnant, be aware of the following issues:

  • Breastfeeding during pregnancy is not recommended if you are at risk for preterm labor. Breastfeeding may stimulate uterine contractions, which can lead to premature birth.
  • You need additional calories and nutrients if you breastfeed during pregnancy. See your health professional or a dietitian for dietary planning.
  • You may experience more fatigue, nausea, and nipple soreness if you breastfeed during pregnancy.
  • Your milk supply may drop around the fourth month of pregnancy. The breastfeeding baby may start weaning naturally around this time.

Other Places To Get Help

Organizations

La Leche League International
www.llli.org
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: Women's Health
www.hrsa.gov/womenshealth/index.html

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ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer Kirtly Jones, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology

Current as ofMarch 16, 2017

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