Q: Good morning Doc, I had my baby in January and started menstruation in August. To my surprise I didn’t see it in October so I bought a pregnancy kit to see what was wrong. It was then I got to know I am pregnant. Should I stop breastfeeding my baby? She’s just 8months 2weeks
A: Hi dear, thanks for writing in.
The ideal situation would be to give some time after you’ve had a baby before having another one. It gives your body time to heal and replenish its stores of essential nutrients before taking on another pregnancy. This is the reason why new mums should ensure that they use some form of contraception after they have had their babies, even if exclusively breastfeeding. And for all of you who are dying to ask, yes, you can get pregnant even before your period ‘returns’.
Having said that, it’s generally considered safe to continue breastfeeding in pregnancy. In fact, some mothers would even breastfeed the new baby and the older one, concurrently. This is called tandem nursing. However, given the requirements of breastfeeding and of pregnancy, this mum must ensure that she is eating healthy and drinking sufficient fluids.
If your already born baby can talk, he may comment on the fact that the taste of your breast milk has changed especially towards the end of pregnancy and a few days after the birth of the new baby as colostrum is produced.
For more posts on colostrum, please click on this link: https://chatwithdrketch.com/2014/05/27/daily-health-tips-what-should-i-do-after-having-my-baby-if-my-breast-milk-doesnt-come-in-immediately/
For the mum, she may notice more breast tenderness…sorry J And also, milk production reduces as pregnancy progresses.
However, you need to check with your doctor if you have a history of pre-term or premature contractions because nipple stimulation (either during sexual intercourse or breastfeeding) may lead to pre-term contractions.
Your 81/2-month old baby can take other foods now too. You can give her freshly squeezed fruit juices (this basically means you’re buying the fruits and squeezing out the juice yourself or blending up a smoothie). Remember that your baby must not have any cow milk until the baby turns 12 months…well, unless it’s in yoghurt (unsweetened, flavor-free yoghurt). You can add some bananas to the yogurt and blend it up.
For more on weaning and preparation of yoghurt, please click on these links: https://chatwithdrketch.com/2014/12/29/daily-health-tips-weaning-foods/
I hope this helps.
Have a good evening, y’all 😀