1. Is it safe?
In general, if you are having a healthy pregnancy, you can continue to breastfeed. However, you may need to wean your baby if you have any of the following:
Be sure to check with your doctor or midwife to discuss any potential risks for your pregnancy.
Another thing to be aware of – breastfeeding triggers the release of oxytocin (the hormone that causes contractions), so you may experience stronger-than-usual Braxton Hicks contractions, especially towards the end of the pregnancy.
2. Will I have enough milk?
Some moms may find their milk supply goes does by the fourth or fifth month. If you baby is less than a year, you will need to watch their weight gain to make sure they are still getting enough nutrients from your milk.
Also, somewhere around the fourth or fifth month, your milk may change back to colostrum (the pre-milk needed by newborns). This may change the taste and may cause your little one to self-wean.
3. How will it affect my body?
For many women, pregnancy brings sore or sensitive nipples which can make breastfeeding more difficult. Try to keep feedings short and try different positions to help with the sensitivity.
Some women find breastfeeding can aggravate morning sickness. If this is the case, keep small snacks handy (like soda crackers or dry toast) to eat while breastfeeding, to help reduce any nausea.
A few other things to think about:
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