Topic Overview

You usually can continue
breastfeeding your child if you become pregnant. If
you breastfeed while you are pregnant, be aware of the following
issues:

  • Breastfeeding during pregnancy is not
    recommended if you are at risk for preterm labor. Breastfeeding may stimulate
    uterine contractions, which can lead to premature birth.
  • You need
    additional calories and nutrients if you breastfeed during pregnancy. See your
    health professional or a dietitian for dietary planning.
  • You may
    experience more fatigue, nausea, and nipple soreness if you breastfeed during
    pregnancy.
  • Your milk supply may drop around the fourth month of
    pregnancy. The breastfeeding baby may start weaning naturally around this
    time.

Other Places To Get Help

Organizations

La Leche League International
www.llli.org

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: Women’s Health
www.hrsa.gov/womenshealth/index.html

Related Information

Credits

ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer Sarah Marshall, MD – Family Medicine
Kathleen Romito, MD – Family Medicine
Adam Husney, MD – Family Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer Kirtly Jones, MD – Obstetrics and Gynecology

Current as ofMarch 16, 2017