Pregnant? Still breastfeeding? You may be getting a lot of mixed messages about what is best for you, your child, and your growing baby. The Italian Society of Perinatal Medicine Working Group on Breastfeeding thought this topic was of enough interest/importance to dedicate a workshop to it during their national conference in 2013. Their review can be found here.
Their basic conclusion was breastfeeding during pregnancy could be promoted, especially during the 1st and 2nd trimesters. Many of the so-called “risks” of breastfeeding during pregnancy were not supported by research. There is little, if any risk of miscarriage, preterm labor or growth restriction in the general population of developed countries. Interestingly, it is noted that only developed countries seem to be concerned with the nourishment of the nursing child (older than 6 months) during this time.
So, what’s a gal to do? Essentially, keep breastfeeding! It's safe! Additionally, though it seems like there is little to worry over, it might not be a bad idea to keep a closer eye on your diet and hydration. Babies, both nursing and in utero, will take what they need, so stay fueled mama, that you aren’t left in deficit.
Many moms use pregnancy as a time to wean their older child. Beyond concerns for supply, many moms find breastfeeding uncomfortable during pregnancy. Did you experience breastfeeding while pregnant? Did pregnancy make you anxious to wean your older child? I am sure other women in similar situations would love to hear your experience.