Tandem Nursing

Kate - posted on 07/16/2009 ( 5 moms have responded )

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Has anyone ever done it? Thought about it? I know it is rare.

DS was born this morning at home, and DD (almost 18 months) is still nursing, so we have embarked on tandem nursing! DD nursed during my labor, and DS nursed right after birth. DD has nursed a couple times in the afternoon, DS is very sleepy. I'm sure at some point I will nurse them actually together.

I am really glad I am doing this...I feel like DD really needs to nurse. And since DS was born at home, she honestly doesn't think anything has changed in her world. There is just another person here, and she is fascinated. But her routine is the same and she was in to see DS within minutes. There is NO jealousy or anything at all. I am happy about that.

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Oh, I found it really hard to nurse them at the same time, although I have done it. Instead I am in the middle and turn from side to side to nurse them... early mornings, 5-7am when they've both made their way to my bed (I got/get DD out of her swing and DS has crawled in our bed from his toddler race car bed that is at the end of our bed) I seem to go between nursing both of them. Laying on my left side nursing DD for a while, then turn over when she's done and lay on my right side nursing DS. This works best and it is our routine now-a-days. :-)

Jesika - posted on 07/17/2009

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Good for you!!! I feel like DS is already always nursing...I can't imagine doing two! My DD is 2.5 but had weaned herself off nursing at 4.5mos when we realized she was intolerant. It takes a strong woman to achieve what you are! Congrats on the new baby!!!

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I am currently nursing my 2.5yr old son and my almost 15 week daughter. It's a little hard some days, but it's great too. My son really helps me keep my supply up just great for them both. My son also helps me often w/engorgement.

For the most part he knows his sister needs to go first as she can only drink milk, but he gets a little upset sometimes. We just try a lot of redirection during those times until I can nurse him too. Often he just wants a quick pull and is off playing... just the comfort of knowing he can I guess.

We're doing child-led weaning, so this is working out great to just nurse both.

Minnie - posted on 07/17/2009

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Congratulations! Aren't home births the best?



I so wish that I had been nursing my first child when my second was born. I think that it would have been the perfect way to give close mommy time to her despite the baby being here too.

Carrie - posted on 07/16/2009

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I only have one child (weaned a few months back) so I won't be tandeming... but I think it's great! I bet it's not as rare as you think ;) I bet a lot of people just don't share about it. Congrats on your new little one, and I've heard that a toddler is great for reducing that engorgement when your milk comes in!

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