She works as a nutrition and wellness coach with focuses on infant and maternal nutrition, mindful eating, and weight loss. Continuing to breastfeed into your next pregnancy is a personal decision. It means taking care of all 3 parties involved — mother, breastfeeding baby and unborn child — nutritionally, physically and emotionally. We can help. Proper hydration, appropriate nutrients and adequate calories are crucial to support yourself, your breastfeeding child and your baby in utero all at the same time. If you want to continue breastfeeding while pregnant, have a discussion with your healthcare provider to discuss any risks that may apply.
Generally, it's safe to continue breast-feeding while pregnant — as long as you're careful about eating a healthy diet and drinking plenty of fluids. However, breast-feeding can trigger mild uterine contractions. Although these contractions aren't a concern during an uncomplicated pregnancy, your health care provider might discourage breast-feeding while pregnant if you're at risk for preterm labor. If you're considering breast-feeding while pregnant, be prepared for changes your nursing child might notice. Although breast milk continues to be nutritionally sound throughout pregnancy, the content of your breast milk will change — which might change the way your milk tastes. In addition, your milk production is likely to decrease as your pregnancy progresses.
MotherToBaby's free fact sheets for patients answer frequently asked questions about exposures during pregnancy and breastfeeding and are available in English and Spanish. NIH's LactMed database contains information on drugs and other chemicals to which breastfeeding mothers may be exposed. It includes possible adverse effects in the nursing infant as well as suggested alternatives. This CDC site covers a variety of topics including breastfeeding, formula feeding, feeding from a bottle, essential vitamins and minerals, and introduction of solid foods.