"You may be concerned about the viability of the pregnancy if you continue to feed. In a normal, healthy pregnancy, with no previous history of miscarriage in the first 20 weeks or preterm labour after 20 weeks, there is no evidence to suggest breastfeeding is threatening to a pregnancy. If you do miscarry, it is unlikely to be because you are breastfeeding.
Sometimes you may be told that breastfeeding is taking 'the goodness away from the unborn baby'. The reality is your unborn baby has first call on all the nutrients it needs, and may even be healthier than normal, as you may eat better and take better care of yourself during the pregnancy. The other worry people may have is your newborn may be deprived of colostrum. Some mothers do restrict their toddler to one side only during late pregnancy, but it appears the breast reverts to making colostrum automatically without mum having to do anything to help it do so." (Emphasis added)
|Breastfeeding at 32 weeks pregnant|
- Breastfeeding during pregnancy threatens the safety of your unborn baby
- Breastfeeding during pregnancy will be very painful
- Your breast milk will dry up during pregnancy
- Your breast milk becomes unsafe for your earthside child to consume
- Breastfeeding during pregnancy will make your life more difficult
- You have to wean your child to prepare her for a new sibling
- It will be easier to wean your child than to continue breastfeeding through pregnancy
- You will at least need to night-wean your nursling during pregnancy
- Commitment to ensuring my children receive the all important milk that is their birth-right and safe guards their life-long health
- It is very important to my parenting approach that my children determine when they wish to wean.
- My children derive a lot of comfort from feeding and want to continue breastfeeding for their emotional needs
- My children do not drop breastfeeding due to changes in my supply during pregnancy or possible changes to the taste of my milk caused by hormonal shifts
- Breastfeeding provides my pregnant body with much needed rest time with an otherwise active toddler
- Continuing to breastfeed through pregnancy and beyond is a great way of communicating to my children that they remain very important to their mother despite the arrival of a new baby
- The breastfeeding relationship and it's changing dynamics over time offer my children an excellent opportunity for learning about personal boundaries, relating to others, sharing, give-and-take etc.
- You can continue to co-sleep and breastfeed throughout the night as you have been since your nursling was born, and continue when the new baby comes along, tandem feeding throughout the night.
|Feeding 5yr old, 20 wks preg|
While my eldest fed through my second pregnancy and gave no indication that my milk had changed flavour or dropped in supply, recently my second daughter has expressed frustration over what I suspect is a drop in supply. From 22-23 weeks gestation my two year old began waking throughout the night and demanding big drinks of water and snacks. Previously she would stir in search of a breast, latch on, and go back to sleep instantly. At the time of writing I am 26 weeks into my third pregnancy.
|Tandem feeding 4 & 1 year olds|
a few days before #3 was conceived
|Breastfeeding 2 year old, 22 weeks into 3rd pregnancy|
Breastfeeding Through Pregnancy and Beyond
Breastfeeding During Pregnancy
Adventures in Tandem Nursing - Hilary Fowler
Mothering Your Nursing Toddler - Norma J Bumgarner
Breastfeeding Through Pregnancy and Beyond - ABA booklet (only $5!)