I'm pregnant. Should I stop breast-feeding my first child? No, you can continue to breast-feed your
first child while you are pregnant. But talk to your doctor about your
nutritional needs and other issues you should be aware of. For more
information, see the topic
I want to become pregnant. Should I wean my child? You can continue to
breast-feed, but breast-feeding may make it harder to become pregnant.
For more information, see the topic Breast-Feeding.
When I wean, should I be concerned about my baby's teeth? Be
sure to give your baby adequate nutrition to build healthy teeth. And as you
wean your baby from the breast or the bottle, limit sugary liquids, especially
at bedtime. This can cause dental
cavities. Don't put your baby to bed with a bottle.
And after 12 months of age, stop night breast-feedings. For more information,
see the topic
What if I develop pain and tenderness in my breasts while trying to wean?Breast engorgement is less likely to occur if you
gradually wean your baby rather than suddenly stop breast-feeding. Weaning from
the breast is easier when your baby is already taking solid foods and has been
breast-feeding less often. The pain and discomfort from breast engorgement
improve as your breasts stop making milk. You will likely feel better in 1 to
5 days. Home treatment, such as applying cold packs to the breasts, may relieve
some of your symptoms. For more information, see the topic
Should I start or stop giving supplements to my child? Most doctors suggest
vitamin D supplements for children. Talk with your doctor about how much and what sources of vitamin D are
right for your child. Babies who are breast-fed may also need a fluoride supplement starting at 6 months of age.