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Did You Breastfeed While Pregnant?

Actress Kelly Rutherford is still breastfeeding her son, Hermes, 2, despite being pregnant with a second child. The 40-year-old says she will continue to nurse him as long as it feels right. Some health professionals advise weaning a tot once the mama becomes pregnant with another, while others say there is no reason for it.

Did you (or would you) continue to nurse while pregnant?


Monea2144 Monea2144 8 years
My daughter is 23 months old and I am currently 30 weeks pregnant. I continue to breastfeed her, regardless of the pain...I would like to have her weened before the arrival of my baby, however I don't want to push it on her because of all the changes. My biggest concern is if I will produce enough milk for the new baby.
honey693 honey693 8 years
I'm hoping to get pregnant when my current little one is around 10 months and I want to continue breastfeeding her until at least a year, even if I am pregnant. That being said, if I have bad morning sickness I'll probably wean sooner than I would like to.
amerikanbeanhead amerikanbeanhead 8 years
I think if you have the okay from the doctor and its what you want to do go for it!
Greggie Greggie 8 years
For future reference, breastfeeding an older child does not deprive a newborn of colostrum. :) The body is still signaled to make colostrum at the end of the pregnancy, so both older child and newborn will get the colostrum that will then transition into milk again.
pinkprincess1101 pinkprincess1101 8 years
breastfeeding was not something i felt comfortable doing with the first two when i had my son it changed everything i wanted so bad to breastfeed and i couldn't he wouldn't take to my breast (he was also premature) and i gave up which i regret now, but breastfeeding should not be taboo, its natural normal, what the heck do you think fed people before formula.
yoya yoya 8 years
I nursed my oldest daughter till my 7 month of pregnancy and she was 3 1/2. Actually, she stopped nursing b/c there was no more milk. My second daughter nursed until she was 4. Breastfeeding was a spiritual journey for me. It forced me to slow down and just BE with my children. My youngest became very sick with Giardia last year and the doctors could not figure out what was wrong with her. They said if I hadn't still been nursing her then she would have probably had to have been hospitalized. But my milk provided the exact antibodies and nourishment that kept her stable and I literally nursed her back to health. Scientists now know that a mothers milk changes over the years and adapts to what the child of that particular age is in need of. Toward the end of my nursing relationships with my daughters my milk supply became so low they simply weaned themselves. This was natures way of saying our time is done. For those that think nursing an older child is weird then ask yourself why does nature allow it then. I can think of alot of other things in this world that are actually weird.
GMarie GMarie 8 years
I'm currently nursing my 21 month old son. He enjoys it. I enjoy it. What does that hurt? The benefits of nursing go beyond nutrition. There's bonding and comfort, even relief of pain for the child. It doesn't work out for everyone, and some mothers are uncomfortable with nursing. That's why there are other options. It's been great for us though, and I plan to nurse our future children as well.
SusanTeufel SusanTeufel 8 years
If you believe that, Droessler, then why are you lurking around lilsugar? Go back to reading somewhere else. I would breast feed while pregnant, I don't want to deprive my child just because of those circumstances. If my child was close to the age where I wanted to stop, I may try to ease them off slowly so they don't get all shocked to have to share.
lickety-split lickety-split 8 years
this topic always brings out the weirdos, lol. did you really join JUST to post on this link? whatever. i did not bf while pregnant, i had a lot of trouble with breast feeding and got pregnant for a second time when my first was only several weeks old. there was a name for what i had, can't remember, but i was actually advised by the hospital and my obgyn to not attempt to breast feed again.
droessler1 droessler1 8 years
droessler1 droessler1 8 years
stop having babies, the earth doesn't need any more!! and yes, BFing beyond a year is for the mother's pleasure, stop trying to fool yourselves and others
pattilup pattilup 8 years
i breastfed my daughter during the first 3 months of my second pregnancy. it was hard, b/c i was so exhausted. i didn't want to deprive the second baby of the colostrum, so i weaned her in time for my body to produce it for the new baby. i'm still nursing my son at 14 months, but will probably stop at 15 months, as we'll be trying for our third, and i'm already so tired as is watching these two!
buddynpumpkin buddynpumpkin 8 years
I might have if my kids were closer together in age. I had been done nursing my first child for at least a year before the second child was born. If it is ok with the mom, child and her doctor, I don't see why it would be a bad thing.
Greggie Greggie 8 years
The WHO also recommends breastfeeding as long as is mutually desired, as does the AAP. Neither have an end date recommendation, merely "at least" recommendations.
ladygrace ladygrace 8 years
Within the US, the AAP recommends breastfeeding for the first year, and not weaning at 6-9 months as a previous poster insists mothers should do. I would breastfeed while pregnant, and am currently nursing my almost-1 year old.
facin8me facin8me 8 years
It would seem that if the mother is able to attain the proper nutrition to maintain a pregnancy and continue to breastfeed, then there shouldn't be a problem. (Unless there is morning sickness that affects nutrition or other issues as Greggie mentioned). Back in the day before there was birth control and women got pregnant quicker after having a baby, I bet they had to nurse while pregnant and it wasn't an issue. I can't believe how many hang ups people having about nursing children older than an infant. The World Health Organization recommends exclusive breastfeeding until the age of six months and then complementary foods along with breast milk until the age of 24 months. Some babies will wean themselves before this time, and some mothers may not be able to handle the emotional and physical demands for that long, but there is nothing unnatural or disgusting about breastfeeding a two year old.
redheadkimie redheadkimie 8 years
I was breastfeeding my daughter and ttc at the same time, around when she turned one. I introduced my daughter milk but still was going to continue breastfeeding while pregnant but she weaned herself. AND TO ALL THE PEOPLE KNOCKING BREASTFEEDING A CHILD OVER ONE IT IS WONDERFUL FOR THEM IN MANY WAYS SO PLEASE KEEP YOUR RUDE COMMENTS TO YOUR SELF!!
Aphrosette Aphrosette 8 years
I can't believe how many posts there are with women nursing children old enough to walk up and ask. If my infant is STILL and infant when I get pregnant again, than yes I would nurse while pregnant, but I will only nurse an infant
Mommy-of-Three Mommy-of-Three 8 years
I was nursing my oldest son, 9 months old, while I got pregnant with my second son. He weaned himself shortly after that, probably because my supply decreased. I would have continued nursing if he'd wanted to. I am still nursing my 2 year old and would continue to do so if I became pregnant again.
kikidawn kikidawn 8 years
tandem nursing Thank you! Now I know what to call it :)
katedavis katedavis 8 years
I nursed my son until he was 14 months. If I had gotten pregnant before that I would have continued to nurse him until he was a year old (which is when I was planning on stopping with him). Honestly, the main reason I stopped nursing him was because I wanted him and his sibling to be 2 years apart and I needed some time off between nursing and getting pregnant again. I have neck and shoulder pain from my boobs as it is- I couldn't imagine having nursing boobs and pregnant boobs at the same time!
krae85 krae85 8 years
IMO breast-feeding ends between 6 and 9 months. two years old? They can talk by then! And I don't think I'd breast-feed child 1 while pregnant with child 2 regardless, because it seems like that would drain all of mom's energy and that can't be healthy for anyone.
StarSapphire9 StarSapphire9 8 years
My first was 13 months old when I got pregnant with #2. I nursed throughout the entire pregnancy and nursed both of them for an additional 18 months. I eventually weaned #1, because we were getting past my comfort zone, and I also wanted to get pregnant again. I got pregnant with #3 a month after #1 weaned. But #2 weaned 3 months before #3 was born. Although I would have been fine tandem nursing again, I was glad to only have to nurse one. #3 is 2.5 and she still nurses once at bedtime. When she is done, there will be no more nursing, since we don't plan on having anymore children. It's a little bittersweet, but I am looking forward to the next stage of life... no diapers AND no nursing. LOL
mstrauss mstrauss 8 years
Well I think breast feeding a 2 year old is another conversation, but I wouldn't breastfeed while pregnant. It would fell too strange for me to be feeding one while letting another grow in my stomach.
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