Tandem bf-ing/bf-ing while pregnant research articles

Rachael - posted on 03/27/2011 ( 29 moms have responded )

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Hey ladies I am in my OB rotation of nursing school and we have to do a poster presentation on anything women's health. I have found that sadly even some of my instructors knowledge of breastfeeding (especially after 1 year) is a little lacking. I want to do my presentation on either tandem breastfeeding or breastfeeding while pregnant because these are areas I think provider knowledge tends to fall short in. (my clinical instructor is very "pro bfing," but sees the WHO recommendation of bf-ing until age 2 as "population control") this is where you lovely ladies come in, I need sources. Professional research journals are best, so none of this Kellymom stuff unless it happens to cite a refference I might be able to use.
Thank you in advance for all your help! Lets teach my classmates that I am NOT "crazy breastfeeding girl," but rather that I gave my son an amazing head start in life!

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Ania - posted on 04/07/2011

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wait kellymom has researched articles under every topic have you noticed that? plus if you make kellymom a firend on facebook there are a lot of articles on bf everry day added to your facebook. Check kellymom again there are always articles on the bottom

Hailey - posted on 04/07/2011

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I fed my daughter, fell pregnant and continued to feed her. I tandom fed them both when my little boy was born as there was only 17months between them. I didnt reasearch into options or safety as i hadnt heard anything about tandom feeding or misscarrage related info, i just did it because it felt natural. They are now 3 and 4, no longer feeding, they self weaned at 3 and 2 1/2.

Sara - posted on 03/29/2011

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Sorry no resources that meet your needs, but glad that you are working hard to raise awareness as I BF'd my twins tandem until they selfweaned at 2 1/2

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Great post! I am currently pregnant and breastfeeding my 17 month old daughter 2-3 times a day. Some helpful information I found was with the Australian Breastfeeding Association. This website http://www.breastfeeding.asn.au/bfinfo/i... has a great list of topics covering those areas you mentioned. They would also send you more information if you wanted it. They have booklets you can purchase for $5 on these topics as well. Good luck and hopefully you can change some peoples perceptions about breastfeeding!

Tammy - posted on 04/10/2011

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hi i am tandem fedding my 2 babbies.....a got pregnent with justin when my dauther elizabeth was was 5 1/2 mth old was definly not ready to stop brest fedding Justin was born full time 5 days late wight 8 pounds 15 and qouit long ..nice and helthfyhat no problems duing pregnecy what so ever.....still brefedding elizabeth she is 20 mth now and justin 2 days away to be 6 mth old..i think it gives them a good bont ..and it takes away alot of jeloixsiy....just ask if you want to know more..xx love tammy

Carmel - posted on 04/10/2011

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I also got some unpleasant comments from some family and others for breastfeeding past 12 months and tandem feeding. Mum was also concerned that my older toddler would completely strip the breast of milk, leaving none for the baby. I was under the impression that the more suckling that was done, the more milk would be produced.

Nya - posted on 04/08/2011

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I think it is wonderful that you did a presentation on this important subject. I am still tandem nursing my 2 1/2 year old son and 10 month old daughter, (my son only once per day), but I have been met with a lot of opposition about this, to the point that I told everyone I had weaned my son, just so they would get off my back. America is way behind in their knowledge of extended breastfeeding and tandem nursing!

Valeria - posted on 04/08/2011

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I have a 16 mo old and am still bfing while 7 weeks pregnant, my ND told me to up my Calcium and maintain my supplementation (prenatals iron vit d omega 3 and cal and cal/mag.) So far so good, she also mentioned to eat smaller meals more consistently which has helped over come any nausea. Don't know if this is what you're looking for . I plan on bf oldest till 2 yrs, which will be around the time the new one is born . :) So far its running smoothly. :)

Ella - posted on 04/06/2011

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have a look at "mothering your nursing toddler" by Norma Jane Bumgarner, she covers both topics and I'm sure she sites good references in but don't have a copy to hand to check.

Sabrina - posted on 04/06/2011

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I breastfeed my first until she was 15 months then her brother was born as I breastfeed her brother I also pumped and put it in a sippy cup, he was breast feed for 9 months. One of my sons only wanted to breast feed for 6 months, another daughter for 8 months, venyua was breastfed until 18 months and I am currently breast feeding my last hild a girl she is 7 months. So I was breastfeeding while I was pregnant, and pumping for a sippy cup once a newborn was entered into the picture.

Caroline - posted on 04/05/2011

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I don't know if this is too late or not (or if it's relevent.. it's not really what you asked for), but I breastfed my eldest during my entire 2nd pregnancy and then tandem fed for 18 months (he was 2 1/2 when he self weaned). I am happy to answer any questions that may help. I don't come here often, so if you still require assitance, my email is - c.centa@hotmail.com

Juliane - posted on 04/05/2011

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with my oldest 18mths old she weaned herself all of a sudden and then i found out i was pregnant. im sure my milk changed and she didnt like it so she weaned her self. when i say weaned herself she was like feeding 4-5 times a day to nothing. i weaned my 2nd at 18mths of age because i was pregnant. i never knew that i could of kept feeding her.

Nikki - posted on 04/05/2011

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I BF my son until he was 14 months when he self weened, at that stage i was 4 months pregnant with his sister, he refused to feed, the mid wife told me that the flavour of the milk changes when you become pregnant, this could be the reason...? I would have loved to have tandom feed my babies

Melysa - posted on 04/04/2011

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obviously not a population control many of us have b/f whilst pregnant! i was 5 months along when my son self-weaned!

Bonnie - posted on 04/04/2011

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I am breast feeding 19 month old twin boys. My pediatrician and my in-laws are very much against nursing at this age. I think they don't fully understand breast feeding.They really need to do more research. I also nursed my daughter past age 2. Some of the advantages are that when they are sick my kids will always nurse; even when they won't eat or drink. With twins it has really helped build our bond individually, which is super important with twins. Breast feeding gets better the older your baby gets.I almost always lie down to nurse; it's more comfortable for us both and it's the only rest I get during the day with 3 kids. Quite honestly I only know one friend who did not breast feed. Also I have met 3 teen mothers who never breast fed there babies...Breast feeding is cheap why waste money on formula? My one son was not thriving well and had serious reflux, I was told to give him formula and keep trying different formulas and then I cut out dairy; all Dairy...even canned soup and crackers have dairy. Once I stopped all dairy my milk was not being vomited, but the formula was always the worst, and he didn't need meds any more.
I know all of this is random but I hope it is helpful.

Bonnie

Kristen - posted on 04/04/2011

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I have no articles but I breastfeed my first son until he was 9 months old, at which point I was 3 months pregnant with my second son, my milk seemed thicker, it wouldn't let down easily so I started supplementing and he self weaned. I really wanted to feed him much longer but couldn't...

Carmel - posted on 04/04/2011

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I tandem fed my 2 girls for several years and have seen some references to tandem feeding in breastfeeding books I read.

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Wow. In terms of "population control" I started my period 6 weeks after DS was born exclusively bf'ing by all the "rules" (every 2 hours 'round the clock, etc.). The AAP recommends bfing longer than 1 year (I forget the exact timeframe but I know you can find it on their website). I just weaned my 20 month old because I'm pregnant. Neither he or I were ready. The nipple pain caused by just having super sensitive breasts during pregnancy was too much for me. I am open to unweaning after the baby arrives in September if he is. Both my CNM and the training I rec'd as a WIC peer counselor said that unless you run into complications during pregnancy, there is no risk to the unborn baby if a mother continues to nurse. I wish I could find the article, but nursing during pregnancy only becomes an issue to the unborn baby if the mother is malnurished (read lives in an impoverished 3rd world country). That's what I can think of off the top of my head..... and the woman who runs Kellymom.com is an IBCLC, so I would give credence to her info, it's from reliable appropriately trained source.

Melinda - posted on 04/03/2011

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The only problem I ever had with breastfeeding my twins was an iron deficiency on my part...and most of that was because I'd lost a lot of blood during the birth and had a problem recovering. My twins however have always been on the large side.LOL. So much for breastfed twins being small or deficient in some way.

Anna - posted on 04/03/2011

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Rachael,
I would be interested in any info you find on what pregnancy can do to the 'quality' of your milk. Specifically, the fat/calorie content. My daughter is very small, 4th percentile (as was I, my sisters and all my other nieces to this point, all of us seemingly healthy thus far). Anyway, my doctor is fine with me bf during my pregnancy, but my daughter's doc wants me to wean completely and immediately. She says that my daughter (12months) is not getting enough calories and fat from my milk and wants her to switch to just cows milk and then cows milk and formula if she still doesn't gain enough weight. I was shocked b/c I had never heard this before, but I also question this doctors knowledge of bfing.

Rina - posted on 04/03/2011

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Hi
same as Rebecca - I b'fed my twin boys (now 21 mths) until 17 mths when they self-weaned themselves (sniff sniff) but that was my only time when it was just me and them, nice, calm and warm, even it was just for 10-15 mins (I'm talking about 17mths timing - they were efficient by then) with one more efficient then the other, it was nice that they didn't try to bash each other up, but just hugged, one arm was around each other, the other arm around my back, legs straddled my legs - I fed them sitting up on my legs, so no reflux issues that way. It was nice mummy and twins time (no guilt for not having to spend time with the older toddler), just me and the boys - nice! Hope this helps......experience shared ... :)

Rebecca - posted on 04/02/2011

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I have 21 month old twins who I nurse 2-3 times a day, always together...god forbid one get it and not the other. Always have had great supply and I believe that it benefits all of us. They are such busy girls that it is my only snuggle time with them.

Erika - posted on 03/31/2011

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Hello,
My twins are 2 years old now but I tandem fed them. Only until 9 months of age due to supply and lack of knowledge but I am now able to bf my singleton with zero problems.
Is this what you are looking for?

Minnie - posted on 03/27/2011

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Just search through Pub Med...it takes a long time, but there's stuff there. Good luck on your presenation! I hope they all are enlightened!



Oh- this article is from a journal of psychology. There may be some useful info in it for you. I read it a while back, and it's very long, so I'm not sure whether they touch on tandem nursing through the toddler years. But an excellent one nonetheless.



http://www.epjournal.net/filestore/ep051...

Rachael - posted on 03/27/2011

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You ladies are AWESOME!!! It is a poster project and a presentation, I was hoping to just touch on the basics of either tandem breastfeeding or breastfeeding throughout pregnancy. Discussing how both are healthy and normal parts of motherhood. I am the only student in my clinical group to even HAVE a child, and our instructor while amazing and supportive of initiating breastfeeding in the hospital and very pro-woman/child breastfeeding rights does not have alot of experience with breastfeeding past one year or breastfeeding while pregnant. I know Kellymom is legit, but it is not a research journal and I often have a difficult time locating her references. Thank you so much for all your help! Keep the info coming

Minnie - posted on 03/27/2011

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Hmmm..what sort of information are you looking for? The effects of oxytocin release upon the uterus while breastfeeding? Or maybe miscarriage risk while nursing?

That information is contained within Adventures in Tandem Nursing, as Sara Mentioned.

By the way, the kellymom stuff is compiled by an international board certified lactation consultant who also is a La Leche League Leader. She knows her stuff.

It may be difficult for you to find much actual research on tandem nursing because most of it is just anectodal. It is what people have always done and will do. Are you looking for research that shows that nursing during pregnancy is healthy or that nursing two is healthy?

Rachael - posted on 03/27/2011

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i just found that online, but reasearch articles would be helpful too.

Thank you!

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I found all of that information in "Adventures in Tandem Nursing" by Hilary Flower. She sites all of her sources. Maybe you could find that book at your local library or if you're a member of LLL you can check it out of your group library. I think it has everything that you will need in it.

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