There’s no better news than the news of being a mother. But when you have a still-breastfeeding baby, you’re not sure if the news is ideal for you. All sorts of thoughts run through your mind – both positive and negative. One of those thoughts is if you are ready for it yet? Should you wean your baby already to prepare for the other one? It is safe to say that pregnancy and nursing can go hand in hand. And just because you have another baby on board, you don’t necessarily have to wean your baby even though he may not be ready for it yet. So here are a few tips that will help you in the journey of breastfeeding in pregnancy –
1Keep light snacks ready
It is a known fact that when you’re pregnant, most women go through morning sickness. But when you’re pregnant AND nursing, the morning sickness takes a toll on you as it is aggravated. So it is advisable to keep light little snacks ready. Anything that helps you in keeping the nausea away – whether a light toast or crackers, you should always keep it handy.
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2Get extra nutrition from your diet
When you are pregnant, you are eating for two. But what happens when you’re breastfeeding as well? You start eating for three simply. Because both your babies need nutrition that comes only from you, you have to make sure that your diet is full of nutrition. Get advised by your gynae and take additional supplements if he/she recommends.
3Keep your feedings short
Everyone knows that during due to hormonal changes in pregnancy the breasts get sore and heavy. Breastfeeding during this time can be extremely difficult. It’s even harder when you have a teething toddler. But if you keep your feedings short and your baby latches on properly, you should not have a hard time feeding.
4Decreased milk supply
Another one of the things that happens in pregnancy is the shortage of milk supply. In a case like that, you should ensure that your baby has more solids to compensate for the lack of milk. There is a phase when a toddler doesn’t want to eat much solid, in that case you could always try introducing top feed because it contains ‘almost’ all the nutrition that breast milk has.
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5Change of breastfeeding position
You’ll find it pretty easy to breastfeeding during pregnancy in its initial stages. But as and when your tummy starts to grow, it will get increasingly difficult. So you’ll have to come up with a position that is comfortable to both you and your baby. Mostly a position where you are lying on your side and the baby feeds while lying too could be very comfortable.
Do you have any other tips for moms who are breastfeeding their toddler and are pregnant? We’d love for you to share how you dealt with this experience yourself in the comment section.