Is It Safe To Breastfeed When Pregnant?


Breastfeeding while pregnant is a complex topic, and for women who are expecting and nursing, there can be a lot of worries. 

How can you ensure that you are giving your little one who is nursing the nutrition that they need while still ensuring the health and development of your unborn babyIs it safe to breastfeed while pregnant, or could you be inadvertently hurting your baby? Read on to find out more.


1 What To Know About Eating

One of the most important things to know is that, yes, it is absolutely safe to breastfeed while you are pregnant, and breastfeeding while pregnant will not harm your unborn baby or your nursing baby in any way.

What you will need to remember is that while you are simultaneously breastfeeding and pregnant, you will need to eat around an additional 650 calories per day to make sure that you have enough nutrients for both babies, as well as for yourself.


Make sure to get these calories from smart sources, like lean meats, low fat dairy, whole grains, and fruits and veggie. Avoid “empty” calories like fast food, cakes, cookies, and chips. Make sure that everything you eat has a purpose to nourish both you and your babies.

2 The Challenges

As you can imagine, breastfeeding while pregnant is not without it’s challenges. For example, your nipples might be extremely sore while breastfeeding due to the sore breasts associated with pregnancy.

Your hormones might also cause you to become nauseous during the letdown of your milk. You might notice a decrease in your milk supply during the third or fourth month of pregnancy. Make sure to increase your fluid intake during this time.


Also, at the end of your pregnancy, your milk will begin to change to colostrum for the new baby. This will make your milk taste dramatically different and your nursing baby might refuse to drink it. These are a few of the challenges that you might have to deal with.

3 A Word On Weaning

If you want to wean your nursing baby or toddler during your pregnancy, it might be a good time to do so. If this is something you are considering, start by reducing one feeding per day, until your baby or toddler is completely weaned.


Make sure to replace nursing time with another one on one activity so your little one still feels like they have your attention. It might also help to have dad or someone else be the one to put your little one to bed if you are used to a nighttime feeding. These tips will help you to wean in preparation for a new baby.

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Ms. Ledoux began her career as an ObGyn nurse practitioner prior to becoming a practicing midwife in the Santa Cruz community. Working together with ObGyn physicians in her own practice, she has over 20 years experience in women's health, pregnancy and childbirth.

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