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Breastfeeding During Pregnancy

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.

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Current as of: October 8, 2020

Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review: Sarah Marshall MD - Family Medicine
Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine
Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine
Kirtly Jones MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology

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