7. Myth: If I am breastfeeding a toddler, and I become pregnant, I have to wean.
Truth: If you become pregnant while nursing, there is no reason for you to have to wean unless your doctor considers your pregnancy to be a high risk one, and it would put you at risk to continue to nurse. You will most likely notice a diminished supply due to the hormones of pregnancy, and your nipples might be a bit tender, but as long as you and your toddler wish to continue to nurse, it is ok to do so. After the birth of your baby, your milk will go back to being colostrum again right after the delivery. As long as your newborn gets priority at the feedings and is fed first, there is no reason not to continue to feed your toddler. Remember, breastfeeding is driven by supply and demand. You should be able to make enough milk for everybody.
8. Myth: It is important that I don’t become the “human pacifier” for my baby.
Truth: Babies do basically two types of sucking at the breast: nutritive and non-nutritive sucking. Nutritive sucking is the active sucking that draws the milk from the breast, and is accompanied by a swallow. Non-nutritive sucking is the same as “pacifier sucking”. The baby is not getting food with this, but it is pleasurable and soothing for them. During a feeding, babies do both types of sucking at breast. It’s true that when they are no longer nutritive sucking/swallowing, the feeding is essentially over. However, your baby also has a strong need to suck for pleasure, and there is no reason they can’t satisfy this need at the breast. Consider that in other cultures, it is the norm to pacify at the breast. In our culture, this carries a negative association. If your nipples are sore, you might want to limit the non-nutritive sucking your baby does, but there is no reason you baby can’t meet both their nutritional and comfort needs via the same venue.