Tandem breast feeding is when you nurse two (or more) siblings of different ages.
Many mothers learn about tandem nursing when they become pregnant while still breastfeeding their toddlers.
While it is very exciting that the new baby is coming to the world there might be some worries too.
Read this article to clear all the clouds about breastfeeding both of your children.
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Benefits for CHILDREN
You can find bigger list of breastfeeding benefits here.
When talking about disadvantages of tandem nursing it is easy to associate and mix it up with just having and dealing with multiple children rather than 1.
Next to some great pros of nursing your 2 children, there are however some cons of it.
Healthy nursing mother can provide enough breast milk to provide for two, three, or perhaps even four children since it works on a supply and demand basis.
Whether you are deciding or just going with the flow about tandem breast feeding you should keep in mind few factors.
One of the main concerns that mothers who are debating whether to tandem breast feed is whether it’s safe for a newborn to share mother’s milk with a sibling.
Is he getting enough milk?
Does milk provide all the nutrients and fats as supposed to?
Because of these unanswered questions many mothers choose to wean their children during pregnancy.
There seems to be no evidence that the unborn baby weighs any less at birth when his mother nursed through a pregnancy then when his mother doesn’t.
Could breastfeeding lead to preterm labor?
Years ago there used to be a belief that it is unsafe to breastfeed while pregnant. But thanks to many scientific research nursing while pregnant is proved to be totally healthy for mother and for children. It doesn’t do any nutritional risk to fetus or increase the miscarriage.
However, women who have a history of preterm labor or miscarriages from earlier pregnancies, nursing can increase the risk of miscarriage of preterm labor. It all depends how sensitive is mother’s uterus to hormone.
Consult your healthcare provider about this issue.
Become a pro at tandem breast feeding
1. Find your most comfortable position for nursing. Whether it’s laying down or sitting. Use nursing pillows under your arms, pillows to support your back.
2. Latch your little one first. Then let your flexible toddler find one of his acrobatic positions.
3. Let the baby latch on the fuller breast since he needs more nutrition (especially the first days).
4. A big, king-size family bed is a must for nursing. Especially tandem nursing. A lot of stuff can be done there. Most importantly 2 things at once. Feed kids while laying down and resting. I think tandem nursing cannot be done without co-sleeping.
5. Try different nursing positions to find the one that fits best for all of you.
6. Don’t forget to keep a healthy nutritious diet while nursing. Sleep as much as you can. Care less about the dishes or the dirty laundry. After all you are providing nutrition and calories for 3 human beings.
7. Finding support is very important.
8. You don’t have to nurse both children at a time. If it is too much for you (and for many women it is) then you can do a lot of other activities with your toddler while your baby is nursing. Make a habit of a special story time every time you nurse. It will make a nice bonding moment. As long as you give him attention, your toddler should not feel left out.
9. Don’t expect it to be easy. There will be days where it will look like you won’t make it. Just think about the bigger picture then. They will not nurse forever. Yet you are giving them the best start in life possible. You and they will enjoy the benefits of tandem breastfeeding for the rest of the life. How amazing is that!
"Tandem Breast Feeding was one of the most difficult things I have done in my motherhood," admits one mother. "But it was also one of the most rewarding, I never regret it" she adds.
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