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So you're going to welcome another angel, congratulations! The problem is you are pregnant while still breastfeeding your older baby.

Maybe your baby can eat food, be bottle-fed and drink by cup, but you still want to breast-feed it because of the nutritional benefits of breast milk. So you are wondering if you can continue breastfeeding during pregnancy, and what will happen after giving birth?

So you're going to welcome another angel, congratulations! The problem is you are pregnant while still breastfeeding your older baby.

So you're going to welcome another angel, congratulations! The problem is you are pregnant while still breastfeeding your older baby.

In most cases, you can continue breastfeeding during pregnancy, and many mothers continue to breastfeeding both babies after birth even though it is not easy. These notes below can help you do that:

First, ask your doctor for advice, but breastfeeding during pregnancy is usually not a problem. However, in some situations, such as you had premature birth because of early stretching uterus, or signs of premature birth during pregnancy, or unusual bleeding, your doctor may suggest you wean older baby. The problem now is that uterus contracts unusually because of breast stimulation. Most of these cases, your doctor will advise you to abstain from sex.

For some women, the symptoms of morning sickness seem worse if they are breastfeeding. If you have the same symptoms, always reserve food, when finishing breast-feeding your older baby, eat a few biscuits or bread to decrease nausea. In serious case, you may have to wean your baby.

Breastfeeding while being pregnant is not a problem.

Breastfeeding while being pregnant is not a problem.

Make sure that you have a good and healthy diet. Remember that in this case, your body is providing nutrients for a baby and a fetus, so enough nutrients for mother is essential.

Be ready for nipple pain (due to hormonal changes) which is common in pregnancy! Most mothers find the easiest way to deal with it is feeding many short times. Depending on the age of the older baby, you can negotiate with it about the time it can be breastfed (such as tell it "You will be breastfed while counting to 10, then you will be bottle-fed, or find something delicious to eat, or go outside!") Remind your older baby to open mouth larger and help it be breastfed properly. Though nipple pain is mainly due to hormonal changes when you're pregnant, but it may be due to the way your older baby breastfeeds (especially when it has teeth), moreover, at this age, baby is more hyperactive and naughty.

When mother's milk is less - a normal part of pregnancy, the older baby will need more additional food and drink in its diet.

If your baby always need breastfeeding to sleep, you'll want to familiarize it with other habits because you are about to have a new baby. For example, you can rub or slap its back gently and sing a lullaby at the last breastfeeding before bedtime. When it is familiar with this procedure, gradually separate each procedure, first, sing and rub its back for a while then breastfeed. When you extend the time delay between the procedures, it may fall asleep before breastfeeding. Your husband can also help you to do it, at least a few times, or it can have his own way to make baby sleep without breastfeeding. There is nothing wrong if you continue breastfeeding your baby to sleep, but it is better if your baby can sleep well in many ways when you cannot breastfeed, so it will be easier for both mother and child.

When your belly is big, you will need to find a more appropriate position. No, no, this is not a matter of sex positions - although you might also need a new position for "sex" - but the traditional breastfeed position holding baby in your arms and on thighs will no longer fit when you are pregnant with a big belly. You and your baby lie in parallel, face to face, is usually good position. In addition, your baby can sit, kneel or even stand next to you to breastfeed.

If your baby has understood things, you need to talk to it about sharing breast milk for new baby after birth. Many children will resist it - as a child talked to its mother "baby will be breastfed by grandmother!" when you mentions it. Do not be strained to your baby, you just need to explain to it about that.

Keep in mind that colostrum is very important for newborn baby, so, in the first days after birth, you should limit your older baby to breastfeed to prioritize for newborn baby. If possible, you should ask someone to take care of the older baby like your husband or grandparents. Breastfeeding both babies can speed up milk production - you do not have to worry too much about time to breastfeed. Some mothers, especially those have older baby that is too little and still breastfed regularly, will divide each breast for a baby. Other mothers breastfeed their babies depending on their demand.

If your baby has understood things, you need to talk to it about sharing breast milk for new baby after birth.

If your baby has understood things, you need to talk to it about sharing breast milk for new baby after birth.

Do not be surprised if your older baby - just a few days ago is very little - suddenly is filled out a lot when you have new baby. You even feel a bit uncomfortable when breastfeeding older baby, opposite to the feeling of caressing, gentle and protecting with newborn baby. It is normal, everything will be fine.

Some children is very happy when breast milk becomes more plentiful in a few days after birth, some babies are used to less milk and even can wean because they do not like getting too much milk like that. You will see your older baby has liquid stool in the first week after you gave birth, because colostrum is aperient.

If possible, ask for advice from experienced mothers (the mother of twin or triplet) - if there is no one like friends and relatives, please share with twin mothers on the internet to be able to solve difficult situations when breastfeeding two children. Remember that most of toddlers tend to be jealous with newborn babies, and may be angry, sulky or behave perversely with their brothers/sisters. If your older baby also acts like that (or worse), it is not because it is still breastfed, but because having new brother/sister is stressful to it.

Parallel breastfeeding is hard but still has many advantages. If you have problems in breastfeeding, your older baby may be an efficient supporter than anybody else. Your breasts are full of milk or too much milk? Your older baby can help you suck first to reduce the milk pressure to fit with its brother's/sister’s sucking ability. Your lactiferous duct is blocked? With a stronger sucking power, older baby can help clear it. And more important, it helps you calm a baby who is sad and suffer because of the feeling of desolated, help it feel that it is still loved and near its mother. There will be a day you feel thankful for this hard period.

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