Tandem Feeding- Is it for You?

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grandmother with her grandchildrenTandem feeding raises many questions for a mother, especially if we aren’t talking about twins. Will your newborn have enough colostrum after birth? Will you produce enough milk to satisfy two nursing children? Will you be able to keep up with the demands of nursing two children at the same time? Should you decide to go for it, there are many benefits to tandem nursing!

Your body is perfectly designed; so much so, if you are still nursing an older child, when it’s time to deliver your newborn, your body will naturally make colostrum again. The colostrum will not harm your older baby and can act as a booster shot, giving him or her plenty of nutrients. Your older child, who is now used to milk, may experience a day or so of looser stools; but your newborn will get all the postpartum benefits of colostrum.

Tandem feeding can also help to lower sibling rivalry that your children may experience. Many babies and toddlers are removed from the breast so that mom can prepare for a newborn. If they remember the breast, they will often revert (upon seeing their new little brother or sister nursing) and want to nurse again. If the older children aren’t allowed to nurse they might feel left out. Tandem nursing ensures that your older child doesn’t feel like he or she had to give up something they love in to make room for the baby.

Still, nursing two children can be hard on you. Keep in mind that your body will naturally keep up with the demand necessary, based on how much milk is consumed. With two children nursing, your milk supplies will be high. Should you nurse both children simultaneously, you won’t be able to switch breasts during feedings as you would with just one child. One breast may not be enough for your new baby (or for your older one) and you may find yourself having separate feeding times. This can be demanding on your time and energy. You also have to be sure that YOU are eating enough calories and nutrients to keep yourself healthy. Be sure to drink plenty of water during the day, continue taking your prenatal vitamins, and eat five to six times a day to prevent weakness and illness.

Tandem feeding is not for everybody. If you aren’t going to be home with your children, you may find that the time it takes to pump enough milk for both children is enormous. In some situations, you may find that the nursing dynamic with your older child changes and they want to nurse more than before. If it doesn’t work, realize that you have done your very best with your older child, and continue nursing your newborn. They rely on the antibodies and nutrients provided by breastfeeding to remain healthy.

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11 comments

  1. Avatar of Flo Flo says:

    This is weird, I agree that the older child would have to be weaned from the breast and the mom should prepare for the newborn

  2. Avatar of Dario Dario says:

    ok a little weird but if it’s healthy, hey

  3. Avatar of EbyMom EbyMom says:

    This is hard to understand and believe. the older child should give way for the new baby cos she has been on it for 2 years. she might be depriving the baby some nutrients. once u are breastfeeding and u get pregnant u should stop to make adjustments for the new baby unless the woman does not suffer from morning sickness and all that. anyway it is good to note

  4. i think i might try it if my little is still nursing by the time i get pregnant with #2 . i don’t want to deny her of the special bonding time we have while breastfeeding nor the benefits she gets from it

  5. Avatar of Jeanetta Jeanetta says:

    Never heard of tandem nursing, I’m having a hard time nursing one child…

  6. Avatar of ErinF ErinF says:

    Good to keep in mind. I’d like to try for #2 when the first is 1.5-2, so we may be tandem nursing for a while. It sounds like a juggling act, but I’ve heard so many great success stories.

  7. Avatar of cramer2124 cramer2124 says:

    I will be tandem nursing. I want my little one to wean when he is ready if i would not be pregnant i would still be nursing anyways so why stop?

  8. Avatar of maritza maritza says:

    OOOPS I ALREADY SAID THEY WERE DAUGHTERS

  9. Avatar of maritza maritza says:

    I LOVE THE CLOSENESS MY DAUGHTERS HAVE FOR ONE OTHER MY OLDEST IS NOW 3 AND BABY IS NOW 8 MONTHS OLD THEY LOVE ON EACH OTHER PAT EACH OTHERS HAIR I WOULDNT CHANGE IT FOR ANY THING EVEN THO PEOPLE THINK ITS TIME TO LET GO OF THE OLDER CHILD I FEEL SHE WILL KNOW WHEN IT TIME.. BY THE WAY THERE BOTH GIRLS..

  10. Avatar of Ashley Ashley says:

    wow im worried about breastfeeding one child. i couldt imagine breastfeeding two at one time

  11. Avatar of Osei Osei says:

    me myself don’t like the idea of it

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