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You can breastfeed while pregnant; some mothers go on to nurse both their new baby and their older child after the birth. This is known as ‘tandem nursing’.

Family, friends and healthcare professionals may express concern if you are breastfeeding while pregnant. Their concerns might include perceived risk to the health of your unborn baby, and they may also worry about your well being. There is no evidence that breastfeeding during low risk pregnancy leads to increased chance of harm to mother or baby.

Breastfeeding during pregnancy is a personal decision. Many mothers chose to continue breastfeeding to best meet the needs of their older child. You may also chose to wean your child now, or later in your pregnancy. Whatever you decide to do your La Leche League Leader can provide you with information and support.

Breastfeeding During Pregnancy and Tandem Nursing

LLLGB: Pregnant and Breastfeeding

LLL USA: Tandem Nursing While Pregnant

LLL Canada: Breastfeeding and Pregnancy

LLL New Zealand: A New Sibling Expected

LLL Greece Breastfeeding and Pregnancy:

*Parts of the contents of this page was generously supplied by La Leche League International

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