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Is It Okay to Breastfeed When I’m Pregnant?

on Dec 14, 2016

by Monica Scott, BS, RN

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When you are continuing to breastfeed while you are pregnant, it is important to keep up with the best diet possible. Make sure you are eating the right amount of calories to care for three.

It isn’t uncommon for women to have the need to breastfeed while they are pregnant. In fact, many women become pregnant so soon after giving birth that they wind up needing to breastfeed their newborn along with their older child. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

While many fear that this will not provide enough nutrients for both children, this is actually not something you should need to worry about. However, by eating a healthy diet, you will be able to care for both of your children and continue to breastfeed as needed.

Here are some things you will want to know about this practice, however.

It’s Safe

There are some myths out there saying that if you breastfeed, you will be at a higher risk of having a miscarriage. However, there is no evidence or scientific studies that back up this claim. However, while it is safe, it won’t necessarily by easy.

Women who do breastfeed while they are pregnant will have some challenges. For example, the nipples are often very sensitive early on in a pregnancy, which could make breastfeeding painful. It can also be very tiring to keep up breastfeeding while you are pregnant, especially when you are nearing the end of your pregnancy. Many women become exhausted during this time, which makes breastfeeding that much more challenging.

Your Diet

When you are continuing to breastfeed while you are pregnant, it is important to keep up with the best diet possible. Make sure you are eating the right amount of calories to care for three. You should aim to eat an additional 300 for the growing baby inside of your and an additional 300 to 500 for the baby you are now breastfeeding.

It is best to get four servings of protein and six servings of calcium every day. You will also want to make sure you are staying hydrated by drinking 8 to 12 glasses of fluid each day. Naturally, you will also need to take morning sickness into account because this could wind up depleting you of your nutrients and fluids that you need to breastfeed while you are pregnant.

If you are choosing to breastfeed while you are pregnant, it is best to discuss your plans with your doctor. Your doctor will be able to help you formulate a plan that will help you keep your child and your growing baby healthy throughout the pregnancy. Naturally, this plan will also keep your health in check at the same time.

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Ms. Scott joined ConceiveEasy after working in prenatal obstetrical care for two years in a private practice before being promoted to Director of Nursing. She has a strong interest in women's health with an emphasis on promoting fertility awareness.

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