you cant breastfeed when you are pregnant

@stacyv81 (5904)
United States
June 13, 2007 2:49pm CST
So, I went to the doctor today, and I am pregnant. We do not know how far yet, in two weeks they'll give me an ultrasound so we can find out, but the nurse said I have to wean my 8 month old that I have been breastfeeding to the bottle now. I did not know that you arent supposed to breast feed when you are pregnant. Why? Well, this will be fun, I had planned to breastfeed her until she was one, but I guess plans change =)
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@eden32 (3975)
• United States
13 Jun 07
There are some concerns if you nurse while pregnant. The two big ones are nipple stimulation causing contractions and that it's harder to maintain your health if you are both lactating & pregnant. The contractions are a concern if you are at risk for a miscarriage. In a healthy, normal pregnancy your body will experience contractions for many reasons & it's not dangerous to the baby at all- in fact it probably helps tone your uterus for labor. If there is any reason you can not maintain a healthy diet- pre-existing medical conditions, extreme morning sickness, income, whatever; then nursing while pregnant may not be a good idea. But again, if you are healthy & the pregnancy is progressing normally, it can be a great experience. You're going to need lots of protein, and calcium; in addition to staying well hydrated & well rested. I have known many women who have successfully tandem nursed (nursing a newborn & an older child at the same time) without any issue. It's another opportunity for the siblings to bond & the older nursling won't feel like he or she was 'crowded out' by the new baby.
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@stacy624 (2777)
• Canada
13 Jun 07
Hi there Stacy, I would Check into a little more and maybe call a professional who specialize in this area, I have never heard of this before but things do change and I guess you just never know! If you like I could look for a number for you that would be helpful; I believe the name is called mother risk and they are very helpful when it comes to pregnancy. I wish you all the best and again CONGRATS! Stacy
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@maddysmommy (16233)
• United States
13 Jun 07
oh i didn't know that? did she say why?
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@mummymo (23707)
13 Jun 07
There are 2 main reasons that you are advised to stop nursing while pregnant , the first is that you can take away nutrients from the baby in your womb and the second is because the sucking may stimulate contractions early! I would speak to your doctor though because medical opinions do differ from case to case! xxx
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@carlaabt (3505)
• United States
14 Jun 07
I would definitely talk to the doctor before I started weaning my child. There are a few reasons that you would need to stop nursing your daughter, but if you don't have any of those health issues, there is no reason to have to stop. Your doctor should be able to give you specifics as to WHY you need to stop if he or she feels that it is necessary.
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@vonne28th (1494)
• Philippines
13 Jun 07
Congratulations by the way Stacy! and take care of yourself and your babies.
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@sacmom (14250)
• United States
15 Jun 07
First of all congratulations! How did the nurse know you still nursed your baby to tell you to stop? Did she give you any reason you why you need to stop?
@susieq223 (3742)
• United States
15 Jun 07
I don't know, I never heard that before! I wonder if that is just a recommendation they do nowadays, or if your milk dries up due to hormone changes? Interesting. Are you happy you are pregnant?
@mgmagana (3621)
• United States
15 Jun 07
i'm just assuming maybe the baby in ur belly needs all the vitamins and nutrients. Its understandable, but i didnt know that either. it's interesting to learn. Congratulations!! i hope u have a very healthy baby! wut gender do u want? r u gonna find out?!
• Nigeria
14 Jun 07
don;'t know about that but thanks for the discussion. at least i have learnt something new.