What are miscarriage and preterm labor experts saying?

August 4, 2011. Posted in: Book: Tandem Nursing,Breastfeeding & pregnancy

Excerpted with permission from
Adventures in Tandem Nursing:
Breastfeeding During Pregnancy and Beyond

by Hilary Flower

La Leche League International, ©LLLI 2003
ISBN: 0912500972

Lesley Regan, PhD, MD, heads the Miscarriage Clinic at St. Mary’s Hospital in London, the largest referral unit in Europe, and is the author of Miscarriage: What every woman should know. She was surprised to hear that anyone considers issues related to miscarriage to be reasons for weaning. She added:

Once a pregnancy is clinically detectable, breastfeeding should pose no added risk of pregnancy loss. There isn’t any data suggesting a link between breastfeeding and miscarriage, and I see no plausible reason for there to be a link.

Obstetrician David Weismiller, MD, wrote a synthesis of research on preterm labor for the American Academy of Family Physicians; he is an assistant professor and director of women’s health in the Department of Family Medicine at East Carolina University School of Medicine, Greenville, NC. He concurs that there is no evidence that implicates breastfeeding in increasing the risks of preterm labor in healthy pregnancies.

… from Chapter 12: Health Concerns

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“It has been a pleasure to have the opportunity to read this authoritative account on breastfeeding during pregnancy. I am delighted to have been asked to comment specifically on the risks of miscarriage for a breastfeeding woman. Hilary Flower has provided a detailed explanation that is easily accessible to the lay person, as to why the normal pregnant uterus only responds weakly to the action of oxytocin hormone until the very end of pregnancy. Undoubtedly, this is one of nature’s own safety checks to prevent miscarriage and preterm labour in women continuing to breastfeed regularly during their next pregnancy. I feel sure that this book will provide women with confidence and reassurance to believe that ‘breast is best’ for their baby.”

Lesley Regan, PhD, MD
Head of the Recurrent Miscarriage Clinic at St. Mary’s Hospital in London, the largest miscarriage referral unit in Europe, and author of Miscarriage: What every woman should know

Excerpted with permission from
Adventures in Tandem Nursing:
Breastfeeding During Pregnancy and Beyond

by Hilary Flower

La Leche League International, ©LLLI 2003
ISBN: 0912500972

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