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Does Breastfeeding while pregnant raise any risks to pregnancy?

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March 28th, 2013, 10:44 PM
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My new pregnancy companion app said that it can cause miscarriage... this is completly new to me... ANY moms know anything on this topic?
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March 28th, 2013, 10:50 PM
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i have never heard of it causing a mc...I've known quite a few people to BF during pregnancy
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March 29th, 2013, 01:07 AM
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This is my first pregnancy where I have still been breastfeeding, but that said my supply is almost gone.
There is plenty of into out there that says that breastfeeding whilst pregnant is fine. For me personally I didn't feel amazingly comfortable doing it because of the cramping I was having & when I had a bleed I cut back to one feed a day.
Maybe speak to your health care providers?

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March 29th, 2013, 02:00 AM
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I've done it twice to twenty weeks. Baby was fine! If you have reoccurring m/c or a threatening m/c I would wean. A normal pg should be fine. My OBs were always fine with me continuing as long as I wanted. My milk dried up by 20 weeks and my baby was a yr old by then.
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March 29th, 2013, 06:30 AM
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Dropping in from the April DDC. I've heard that it can, BUT I've not seen anything to back it up.

I am 38 weeks with baby #2. I nursed my DD til I would have been around 24 weeks. I did have more cramping but that was normal and fine.

My daughter was already on solids and my milk supply dropped to almost nothing when she decided to self wean.

I cant imagine that a healthy normal pregnancy would be lost by bf'ing
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March 29th, 2013, 07:50 AM
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The theory behind it is that nipple stimulation (including breastfeeding) raises oxytocin levels, which are what cause contractions, and contractions cause miscarriage. But if you have been breastfeeding and aren't suddenly picking it up after you've become pregnant somehow, your body is already used to the raised oxytocin levels. Contractions during pregnancy are normal anyway (Braxton hicks, for example) and don't lead to miscarriage.

If you have a history of miscarriage it's thought that breastfeeding may increase the risk, but I would talk to a lactation consultant or contact La Leche League before weaning to get an expert opinion (doctors are not breastfeeding experts).

Many many women do and have nursed during pregnancy with no problems, so unless you have risk factors it is not something to be concerned about Except maybe for your comfort, it does get a little painful

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March 29th, 2013, 08:52 AM
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Thanks ladies ... You opinion means a lot
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March 29th, 2013, 10:35 AM
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I was still nursing my oldest when I became pregnant with my 2nd, and nursing my 2nd when i became pg with my 3rd. Both babies self weaned about 2 or 3 months into my pregnancy and I never had any issues. I also know quite a few ladies that nursed the entire way through pregnancy and even tandem nursed. I think as long as you feel comfortable, and you aren't having any other risk factors you will be just fine

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March 29th, 2013, 11:26 AM
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My kids were more spaced when I bf'd. (my first four kids were EBF). I would of definitely done this though, had I had the option with my last 3. (double mastectomy). Even with my history of m/c, I dont think bf'ing would tie into a baby that was not viable. Good luck, hope it goes well for you!
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