Breastfeeding · Pregnancy

Can I still breastfeed my baby while pregnant?

Pregnant individual holding baby

Congratulations on your pregnancy! Many new parents want to know if it is safe to breastfeed when they are pregnant. You may worry that breastfeeding will hurt your unborn baby and that it will interfere with your pregnancy. You may wonder will I have enough milk for my older child and can I breastfeed two babies together.

Yes, you can breastfeed when you are pregnant. If your pregnancy is going well and you are healthy you can continue to breastfeed. You may feel uterine contractions during breastfeeding because of the hormone oxytocin. These contractions have not been shown to cause complications or concerns in a healthy pregnancy. Other changes you might notice:

  • Your nipples may feel more tender
  • You may make less breast milk
  • Your breast milk may have a different taste

Most children happily continue to breastfeed when parent is pregnant. You may need to adopt a new breastfeeding position as your belly grows. After the birth of your baby you can breastfeed your older child and your new baby, together or at different times.

Remember to:

  • Look after yourself
  • Eat a variety of foods and drink when you are thirsty
  • Get extra rest

If you are concerned about pregnancy and breastfeeding speak to your health care provider. You may also eChat or speak with a Public Health Nurse at (416) 338-7600.

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