What Pregnancy Changes About Breastfeeding

If you’re pregnant and hoping to continue breastfeeding your current baby, you’re in luck! In a healthy pregnancy, it’s totally fine for most women to keep breastfeeding. 

You may see a change in milk supply as your hormones fluctuate, especially at about the 4th or 5th month of pregnancy. You may also get a nursing aversion or feel "touched out" (wanting to reclaim your body as your own!) by the act of breastfeeding. These feelings are normal and may pass in time.

Some moms are concerned that the oxytocin rush that happens during breastfeeding may cause contractions that can lead to labor. Most of the time, this isn’t a concern, but it may become a factor if your pregnancy becomes complicated.

If you have any risk factors, such as a history of preterm labor or bleeding in pregnancy, your healthcare provider may advise weaning your current baby off the breast to protect your pregnancy.

Health concerns aren’t the only thing to consider as you breastfeed during pregnancy. What are your feelings? If continuing to breastfeeding throughout pregnancy doesn’t feel right to you, don’t feel guilty. You’re growing a human! Take care of yourself and your own needs.

 

This message is not intended to provide individual medical advice. Always seek the advice of a physician or qualified healthcare provider for any questions you have about your health or medical condition, your breastfeeding issues and your infant's health. Never disregard, avoid or delay contacting a doctor or other qualified professional because of something you have read in our emails, webpages or other electronic communications.

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