Is it safe to breast feed while Pregnant?
There is no reason not to continue breastfeeding while you are pregnant if you want to do so. Many mothers not only continue nursing during pregnancy but also “tandem nurse” – that is, breastfeed both their newborn and their older child.
You may worry that you would not be able to eat enough to both nourish the baby growing inside and produce enough breast milk for the nursling but eating a healthy, well-balanced diet is all you need.
Here are some other things to be aware of as you nurse during pregnancy. All of these are perfectly normal:
Your nipples and breasts may be more tender during pregnancy.
Your milk supply may diminish . Your breast milk may taste different. Why? Because toward the end of pregnancy, breast milk changes to a colostral type of milk. (Colostrum is the thick, yellowish milk your body produces while you are pregnant and for the first few days after your baby is born.)
Some mothers are concerned that nipple stimulation during breastfeeding will lead to premature labor. Nipple stimulation does trigger your body’s production of the hormone oxytocin, which helps with milk letdown and also plays a role in the contractions you have during labor but the amount of oxytocin secreted from nipple stimulation is not enough to cause serious contractions.