breastfeeding while pregnant

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Tue, 11-04-2003 - 12:13pm
I have heard that too much nipple stimulation could induce labour. Is nursing considered nipple stimulation. I guess I'm wondering if it is safe nursing your toddler while pregnant. I stopped nursing because I found out I was pregnant, when my oldest was 18mnths. I was worried that the stimulation would induce a miscarrage....I mean "could" induce a misscarrage and the chance was not worth it to me. I have heard several times that some mothers are nursing their toddlers while pregnant.

My other concern is that the new baby is missing out on the important stuff, like the collustrum. I though that you milk develops while you are pregnant to fit the needs of the "newborn". Does it still do this if you are nursing the whole time you are pregnant?

Just a question!

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Tue, 11-04-2003 - 12:43pm
ime, you are not at risk for a miscarriage unless you have some history of pre-term labor. i have miscarriage history, but was able to safely nurse my toddler ('til he was 17 mos old) during my pregnancy. he gave up when i was about 20 wks pg...which is when the milk starts to taste different. the milk does change so that it is "right for a newborn," and since a toddler is not using the breast as his sole nutrition its not an issue. the mother's body puts the new baby before the toddler. anyway, some give up because of the taste change, some don't...
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Tue, 11-04-2003 - 12:48pm

I am not sure about nipple stimulation. I nursed for the first half of my pregnancy with no problems. I know the co cl here (Michelle) has tandem nursed. I stopped being my nipples were to sensitive and it hurt. I also noticed she was doing it out of habit and it no longer was needed, she missed and left a hickey.


I do know the body will produce what the youngest needs. So the new baby gets the collustrum and so would the older baby. Some older babies will wean because of this. Some will wean over the milk because it will taste different then what they are use to. And of course some just adapt to it.




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Tue, 11-04-2003 - 1:03pm
well, nipple stimulation can bring on ctx...so it can be an issue for some, but its rare. breast pumps can be used to induce labor (over pitocin), but few obs offer that route.
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Tue, 11-04-2003 - 1:09pm
Yeap. This is why I didn't try my hand pump before my babies arrived. I have had preterm labor but hadn't with number 3. I hadn't thought of that while nursing though my last pregnacy. But if it had started to happen

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Tue, 11-04-2003 - 1:09pm
i nursed halfway thru my second pregnancy and stopped because i didn't want to tandem nurse, i was worried the little baby wouldn't get enough if he had to share, i know nipple stimulation will help keep contrax going but not sure if it would actually start labor, that would be a good question to ask your ob,

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Tue, 11-04-2003 - 6:05pm

Yes, it is safe to nurse while you are pregnant.

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Wed, 11-05-2003 - 11:13am
I was reading the "La Leche League" web site to comfirm. I don't know how to attach so you are going to have to go there yourself. I'm confused because you said that your body still knows its pregnant so it still produces "colosrum". Well, you are right in part, you body starts producing colostrum in the last trimester of pregnancy. Colostrum as you are aware is specially formulated to meet the needs of a new born baby. This is why it is very important to have your new born nurse 9-12 feedings in a 24 hour period (more often if you can) to recieve all the benefits of the colostrum, because it is very limited. This is the milk, before the mature milk comes in.

My concern is if you are starting to produce this in the last trimester of pregnancy, and you are nursing your older child, and because colostrum is limited, how is you new baby getting the full benefit of colostrum. Or is it by this time you baby recieving colostrum at all? You don't have colostrum forever, throughout nursing. Or did you believe this?

Don't get me wrong, I think it is wonderful that you nursed your babies(both of them) I am the first to addvocate nursing. I'm just wondering the debate on the tandem nursing is giving all mothers the most effeciant information? There was no history for misscarrage for me anywhere in my family, until after my twins were born(they were my third/fourth) then I miscarried 2 singletons and another set of twins.

The history was there, but I had no idea until I got pregnant when the twins were 16mnths. And I already had 4 children by this point.

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Thu, 11-06-2003 - 1:57am

When you are pg, your milk starts to change to colostrum towards the end of your pregnancy.

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Thu, 11-06-2003 - 9:03am
This is all good to know information...thanks. I stop nursing all my children for the sake of each pregnancy afterwards. All my children(except the twins, they are 7min apart) were 2 1/2-almost three years apart. So I was able to nurse all a pretty lengthy time. I am thankful for that, I think because more information is being produced and we know better about the effects of tandam nursing then I think that mothers could realize that it is perfectly ok. I just think for the mothers who get pregnant 4,5,6 mnths after baby is born then there would be a reason I would tandum feed.( I met a lady once where she had a 11mnth old, 6wk old and she informed me she was pregnant again, I thought you had to wait 6 wks to sex..lol)

I wasn't debating the issues of tandum nursing I seriously was ill informed. LLL wasn't incouraging it but it wasn't discouraging it either....thanks

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Thu, 11-06-2003 - 12:13pm
"My other concern is that the new baby is missing out on the important stuff, like the collustrum. I though that you milk develops while you are pregnant to fit the needs of the "newborn". Does it still do this if you are nursing the whole time you are pregnant? "

Yes, and better than that, it stays newborn milk afterwards (gradually changing to meet the NEWBORN's needs) UNLESS you do like I did, and assign each child their own breast, in which case it is supposed to go back to toddler milk on the toddler side (I assume due to frequency of nursing sessions and strength of suction on that side...). I don't think the newborn will miss out on anything if you let him nurse first before the toddler OR you assign sides...I felt it was easier to assign sides. YMMV on this I think...

AS for miscarriage...I think it is only a danger if you have already had problems with that in the past and only if your OB/Mw says to avoid sexual relations. THe prostaglandins in the sperm can also induce labour if the mom is particularily susceptible and MORE oxytocin is released during orgasm than during the MER of nursing, so orgasm ought to be more risky than nursing. however, I do know some moms who got severe contractions while nursing later in pgcy and decided to wean then...some of whose babies went back to nursing after the delivery. I definately think it's a "take it one day at a time" thing b/c not only is everyone's tolerance level for various things (ie sore nipples, ctx. etc.) different, but every pgcy is different and what worked for one might not for another. :-)

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