Last Reviewed: September 2009
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Another baby on the way
Can I continue breastfeeding during another pregnancy?
Continued breastfeeding during pregnancy is normally safe for mothers, the breastfeeding child, and the baby on the way. However, if you have a history of miscarriages or premature labour, continued breastfeeding may not be advisable. Discuss your situation with your doctor/midwife.
If your pregnancy is progressing normally, and you have decided to continue breastfeeding, there are a few things you may want to consider:
- Eating a well-balanced, nutritious diet can help you gain adequate weight and have enough energy.
- Suffering from nausea can often be helped by eating small snacks frequently, and trying to rest after eating. This can also help with dealing with fatigue. Your breastfeeding child will not become nauseated from breastfeeding.
- Having strong uterine contractions while breastfeeding your older child will not harm your unborn baby.
- Experiencing nipple pain and tenderness is caused by increased amounts of female hormones in your body. It may help to shorten or reduce the number of feedings, if the nipple pain becomes unbearable.
- If you have any concerns, talk to your doctor/midwife.
A few things you may consider about your breastfeeding child:
- Many children will continue to breastfeed throughout the pregnancy.
- Some children may begin to wean because your milk supply may be lessened or the taste of the milk may change as the pregnancy progresses.
Can my toddler keep breastfeeding when the new baby arrives?
YES! Breastfeeding a newborn, and an older child, is called tandem breastfeeding. Towards the end of your pregnancy, breast milk changes to meet the needs of your newborn. Breastfeed your newborn baby first before breastfeeding your older child. Breastfeeding is healthy for both children. If your breasts become engorged and it is difficult to latch your newborn, your older child can help by breastfeeding.
When the newborn is older, some mothers are able to breastfeed both children at the same time. Experiment with different positions that work for you. Many mothers continue tandem breastfeeding until their older child is ready to wean.