Tandem nursing

Stefanie - posted on 07/29/2009 ( 8 moms have responded )

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I'm tandem nursing my 2 1/2 yr old DD and my 3 month old DD. We are going on a trip to visit family and they don't agree with my extended breast feeding or tandem nursing and so I was wondering if there were any tandem nursers in here and what you found worked the best for nursing both on a trip? I can easily put off my oldest for most of the day but definately not the youngest, she needs to eat.
Any tips would be great.

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Vicki - posted on 07/30/2009

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Some of my family doesn't agree with extended breastfeeding either (my Grandma thinks the milk dries up after a year). I'm planning to nurse my son at least two or three years, which I'm sure at some point will come up at a family function. Personally I wouldn't be shy about it, and be sure to share the benefits of breastfeeding.

Tara - posted on 07/30/2009

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I have never feed both of my children at one time but I breastfed my first daughter till she was almost 2 she kind of just stopped breastfeeding on her own, and my second daughter just bit me a lot at around a year so it became more of a game than her actually eating but... as for your trip and the family issues... i say screw them you are feeding your children thats what breasts are for when you become a mother otherwise we wouldnt be able to produce milk or they would shut off after a certain length of time ;), in this time and day more and more people view breasts as "sexual" , so more women are "closet breastfeeders" they go hide and feed there babies and avoid doing what makes other people uncomfortable.. Just know what you do for your kids works for them and you and it was the way nature intended it.. I am not saying let it all hang out, but do what you got to do and if they dont understand...then they dont understand

Stefanie - posted on 07/29/2009

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DD = Darling Daughter (Sorry, it carried over from other sites. Does facebook not use these abbreviations?)
Tandem nursing is when you nurse more than one child at a time. Whether it be twins or an older sibling and a new baby.

Shari - posted on 07/29/2009

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What is tandem nursing and DD?

I don't know if this advice would help but maybe you should pump and store some milk for the trip for your older child and nurse your younger child.

P.S. Just wanted to say that I think it is a beautiful thing you are continuing to breastfeed. Breast milk is the best thing for your child. People think it is weird to nurse your child past a certain age and some people don't understand breastfeeding period but I just can't imagine any other way for my boy. I think it is going to be harder on me more than my son when I stop breastfeeding :)

Jamie - posted on 07/29/2009

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I wasnt crapping in your thread, it was a legit question in reference to your topic of breastfeeding, I didnt turn it into something totally different as you did in my thread. I was not able to breastfeed therefore dont know much about it. I know a lot about forumla and milk allergies but not breastfeeding.

Stefanie - posted on 07/29/2009

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I was kind enough not to "crap in your thread" so I hope you aren't thinking of doing the same.
Now to answer your ?:
The WHO recommends a minimum of two years and the longer you nurse the better. Breast feeding is not comparable to a bottle and breastmilk is not comparable to formula. My oldest does drink from a cup (has since 6 months) and does eat but still nurses 2-3 times a day. I follow child-led weaning. There are a lot of benefits to it.

Jamie - posted on 07/29/2009

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At what age do you stop nursing a child? I always thought it was a year old, just like a bottle. And allow them have cups and such. My son is 3 and couldnt imagine breastfeeding him since hes not a baby.

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