Can a baby be breastfeed by two mothers?

Jennifer - posted on 07/31/2012 ( 4 moms have responded )

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actually I can't produce enough milk, and my sister is also nursing her baby, she is willing to feed my baby, is it fine, if I let her feed my baby and i also keep on nursing my baby. I mean any side effect or anything like it.

thanks a lot

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Denikka - posted on 07/31/2012

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Nothing wrong with it at all as long as, like Little Miss said, she's clean of diseases.
The only problem you may have is the same problem that you would find if you supplemented with formula. And that's a decrease in your own milk. When the demand lessens, the production lessens.
Your sister can pump, or feed directly, but feeding directly is going to be difficult if you're not right there, living together. It really depends on how often these feedings are going to be.

Be careful to come to agreements beforehand, to avoid conflict later. Things like how long this will go on for. What will happen if she wants to wean and you don't. Things like that :)

Just so you know, there's actually a breastmilk bank (like a blood bank) out there that takes in donated milk and gives it to babies who need it (I guess those who are allergic to formula but mom isn't producing, etc) So even now, it's not that uncommon to go the route of a *wet nurse* :)
Good luck with all this :)

~♥Little Miss - posted on 07/31/2012

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Yes it is fine barring she does not have transmittable diseases. Wet nurses back in the day were specifically for feeding other peoples infants. Just clear it with your pediatrician. It would be an awful lot of work for your sister. You probably would have to be living with her in order to feed your baby every 1 1/2-2 hours though. Good luck.

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Denikka - posted on 07/31/2012

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If you eat differently, it might taste a bit different. Especially if one of you eats things like garlic, asparagus or tends to like spicy foods and the other does not.
I wouldn't worry too much about taste. I don't think it'll make much of a difference to them unless one of you eats strong foods and then it's just a matter of making some slight changes to your diet if it's needed.
It's great that you and your sister can swap between you :) Just make sure that the feedings are pretty equal. If one of you is doing the majority, the other may dry up. If one does one feeding, then the other should do the next feeding.

Jennifer - posted on 07/31/2012

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thanks Little Miss and thanks Denikka for looking into the problem and providing me with suggestion.

me and my sister are twins, not identical, these days we both are living at our mother house.

when I am not able to feed my baby girl with enough breast milk, my sister asked me that she can feed my baby girl and her baby girl. I was first thinking of moving my baby on formula milk, but my sister insisted, that breast milk is very essential for baby growth, and me and my sister were fed by mother at same time, so she said she can do it as well, and I can also feed my baby with whatever i have, and she is even let me feed her baby girl as well, so that I can also enjoy my motherhood.

all we worried is about that breast milk from two different mother, would change the taste for babies.

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