You can still breastfeed with your pregnancy

ANGELLA By ANGELLA, 16th Feb 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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For some reason, intentional or unintentional, women become pregnant while their little sweethearts have not yet celebrated their second birthdays and there some pertinent concerns that come with the pregnancy. One of the most common concerns of pregnant mothers is whether it is healthy to continue breastfeeding their toddler or baby after finding out that they are pregnant. Breastfeeding during pregnancy is healthy and if it is a normal pregnancy, go ahead and be generous to your little love.

Myth: Breastfeeding will be harmful to the unborn baby

There is a woman whom we attend the same church with and for sometime now, most women in the church have not been too happy with the way she has handled her case. You see, the woman, let us call her Susan, became pregnant when her son was barely a year. Throughout her pregnancy, she breastfed her son and women in the church did not take this with a pinch of salt. In a number of instances, they reminded her of how unhealthy it was to continue breastfeeding the toddler. I must admit that Susan received my admiration because I do not think most women, including me, could have stood the criticisms and reproaches. She went ahead with the breastfeeding until she gave birth. She even surprised many when she insisted on breastfeeding both the toddler and the newly born baby. After a while, the toddler, who had developed a rash on the face, grew into a very healthy child and the rash disappeared. Though not proven, I am persuaded to believe that the disappearance of the rash was due to high levels of colostrum in the breast milk after his younger brother was born. Although Susan has now stopped breastfeeding the older child, both children are now strong.

Fact: Breastfeeding during pregnancy will not harm the unborn child

If your pregnancy is doing well, breastfeeding is healthy and you should not stop if you still enjoy the breastfeeding relationship between you and your little angel. The common worry is that while you are breastfeeding your toddler, the unborn child will not receive adequate nourishment for its development as the food you take will be used to produce breast milk. You may also be worried that the toddler will use up all the colostrum that your unborn baby will require when he arrives. This should not give you any worries as the body has an amazing way of making up for that. What you need to do is to eat healthy foods and ensure that your meals are always balanced. Therefore, go ahead and continue breastfeeding if your pregnancy is doing well, and you are healthy. However, if you have a history of high-risk pregnancies, you should not breastfeed while pregnant.

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Breast Milk, Breastfeeding, Healthy, Pregnancy, Pregnant, Pregnant Women, Unborn Child

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I am a female writer has been in academic writing but I now want to write on topics that I love. Some of the areas my writing will focus on are crafts, jobs, health, business, family, and writing.

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author avatar pohtiongho
13th Feb 2015 (#)

Angella: Thanks for the very interesting article. What about ladies who don't have enough milk, when they breastfeed the child, how does the child have enough protein? How does the mother know the child is not having enough protein? If the mother finds out only many days later, doesn't that mean the harm has already been done?

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