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:
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.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.
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.