Wife, Mummy, Nurse: Tandem Nursing {#BFBlogHop}

30 August 2012

Tandem Nursing {#BFBlogHop}


This week's Breastfeeding Blog Hop Topic is Tandem nursing/Nursing multiples.

Tandem nursing is a toddler continues to be breastfed after another baby is born-two children breastfed at the same time.  Do I have personal experience with this?  No, I don't.  I do have friends that continued to nurse throughout their pregnancy and after giving birth decided to nurse both their toddler and their baby.

The American Academy of Family Physicians state that:
There is no evidence that extended breastfeeding is harmful to mother or child. Breastfeeding during a subsequent pregnancy is not unusual. If the pregnancy is normal and the mother is healthy, breastfeeding during pregnancy is the woman's personal decision. If the child is younger than two years, the child is at increased risk of illness if weaned. Breastfeeding the nursing child after delivery of the next child (tandem nursing) may help provide a smooth transition psychologically for the older child.
If you do decide to tandem nurse, nurse your baby first, especially a newborn, then nurse your toddler.  By doing this, you are making sure your newborn gets everything he needs before your toddler.

Ultimately the decision to tandem nurse is up to you to decide if you go this route.

Do you have experience tandem nursing? 

Linking up at this week's #BFBlogHop at Sisters 'N Cloth.

13 comments:

  1. no, but i plan to! :) my son is so sweet- he brings the baby doll to me for 'milky time' for them both, so that bodes well for tandem nursing with future siblings!! :D i think it's just about the sweetest thing in the world to see two little ones tandem nursing & playing with each others hands :)

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  2. Before having my daughter, I would have never dreamed of tandem nursing. Now my son is here, and we are tandem nursing and loving it! I figured I would wait it out and see how things went and go from there.

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  3. I don't have any personal experience with tandem nursing, but I agree with Meleakua about siblings holding hands while breastfeeding. It is so sweet!

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  4. I am so jealous of moms who can breast feed into toddlerhood and tandem nurse, my supply dried up at 9 months and I tried everything :(

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  5. I do not have any experience. Our first little one is due in November, but I plan to get pregnant before my first child's first birthday. So it's in my future! <3 :)

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  6. I couldn't imagine nursing two at once. Seems complicated!

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  7. Thank you so much for the quote from the AAP, I was pleasantly surprised to see that endorsement!

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  8. Wow! You are one talented mama. I feel like I am wrestling my 15 month old most of the time. I am not sure I could manage one on top of that :)

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  9. If I had two kids that were breast feeding at the same time, yes I would!

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  10. I also really loved the quote from the American Academy of Family Physicians. I've heard several people say that there are doctor told them they needed to wean during pregnancy, even though everything was going well. One of the many things I loved about my OB was that when I got thrush while pregnant and breastfeeding my 2 year old, he didn't freak out at all. In fact, I told him we were working on weaning, and he told me I certainly could if I wanted too, but there was no reason to if I didn't want too :) ~Melissa

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  11. Hmmm, that should say that "their doctor told them". Not sure what my hands were thinking ;) ~Melissa

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  12. I have not tandem nursed but it's amazing to hear stories about it.

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  13. I don't have any experience with it, as I wasn't able to successfully breastfeed my 2.5 year old and I'm now nursing my 3 month old, but it's amazing that some mamas do it!

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