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Can you breastfeed while pregnant and is it safe? Find out here.

Mofe'tiOluwa

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If you are pregnant and you have a toddler who should still be breastfeeding and you are wondering if you can still breastfeed when you are pregnant, then you are not alone; a lot of pregnant women wonder too.

Even though you are pregnant, your body will continue to produce milk so you would be able to breastfeed. Really, nothing stops you from breastfeeding during pregnancy as long as you are healthy and your pregnancy is going well.

A lot of women also worry if breastfeeding during pregnancy safe. You should know that breastfeeding does not pose a risk to your toddler, your unborn baby and you. So breastfeeding during pregnancy is safe and you should also not worry about your toddler using up your milk before your newborn arrives; your body will continue to make enough milk.

Some women find that while they breastfeed, they experience some mild contractions. These contractions are as a result of the hormone oxytocin released during breastfeeding. This hormone stimulates contractions but during breastfeeding, the amount released is not enough to cause premature labour.

If you choose to breastfeed during pregnancy, it is very important that you eat well. This will ensure that you and your babies get the nutrition you need. Here are other important things you should note:

  • You might experience sore nipples while breastfeeding but this should not discourage you from nursing your baby if you really want to
  • You may need to wean your baby if you’ve had a miscarriage or a premature labor before or some bleeding

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Mofeyintioluwa is a health enthusiast who has particular interests in nutrition and fitness. She also loves music and enjoys reading Christian biographies. She thinks social work and public health are noble professions. Ultimately, she's exclusively for Jesus.