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Friday, April 18, 2014
Pregnant and breast feeding, how long?
My wife is five weeks pregnant, and is breast feeding a child that is three and a half months old. What advice would you give about continuing breast feeding, and for how long?
Breast feeding during pregnancy is a decision that needs to be discussed with your nurse midwife or physician and the infant`s health care provider. Most well nourished women should have no problems with meeting the nutritional needs of the nursing child and the embryo/fetus.
However, there are medical reasons for the mother to wean during pregnancy, some of these include:
Uterine pain or bleeding
Personal history of premature labor and or delivery
Continued weight loss by mother during the pregnancy
Also, since you have an infant you are nursing it is important to discuss your continued breast feeding during the pregnancy with your child`s health care provider. Many women who nurse during a pregnancy experience a decrease in milk supply, which could affect your infant`s growth.
Tina Weitkamp, RNC, MSN
Associate Professor of Clinical Nursing
College of Nursing
University of Cincinnati