Nursing while pregnant is safe as long as you feel up to it. Here is a rundown of what to expect.
Decreased milk production
Hormone changes may impact your milk supply. Keep an eye on your nursing baby’s weight gain, and use formula to supplement if needed. Be sure to get at least 500 extra calories to provide for your growing fetus and supply the energy for milk production.
Increased nipple sensitivity and breast soreness will likely make nursing uncomfortable, particularly if your little nurser has teeth.
Breastfeeding causes the release of oxytocin, the hormone that causes contractions, so you may experience more Braxton Hicks contractions than usual, especially during
your last trimester.
The demands of pregnancy plus meeting the needs of a hungry baby may be overwhelming. Don’t feel guilty if weaning is the better option for you. A calm, well-rested mommy is better than an exhausted, worried one.