Tandem nursing is apparent when a mother falls pregnant while nursing and then has
to nurse her toddler and baby at the same time, or if the mother is
breastfeeding twins. They may feed together or at separate times. A
mother with multiple births, might also decide to breastfeed all her
babies; this is also a form of tandem breastfeeding.
If you fall pregnant while breastfeeding, you do not need to wean your child, you can tandem feed and wait for your toddler to wean himself/herself naturally.
Breastfeeding tandem reduces jealousy and helps to increase bonding
between siblings. When the new baby arrives, your toddler might feel a
little left out, especially if he/she is told that they may not breastfeed
for your toddler, will help create less resentful feelings towards you
and the baby brother or sister. Children will also learn to share at
a very young age.
A decreased risk of pre-menopausal breast cancer in mothers who tandem nurse.
If both your children are breast feeding at the same time, it will
give you some time to relax, as you will not need to keep your toddler
busy while you breastfeed.
Disadvantages of Tandem Breastfeeding
Some mothers struggle to lose extra weight while tandem nursing.
You will need to deal with critical people that make bad remarks. They may say that your newborn will not be receiving enough milk, when tandem feeding. This is not true.
Some mothers may decide to breastfeed their children at separate times and this can cause them to feel as if all they ever do is breastfeed.
Some mothers may experience strong feelings of sexual arousal whilst tandem breast feeding, caused by higher levels of certain hormones.
Some mothers feel more nauseous during a breastfeeding session, whilst they are pregnant.
When your Body Starts to Produce Colostrum
A mother might wonder whether it is safe for their toddler to drink the colostrum that is produced during the last weeks of pregnancy and when the baby is born. Yes, it is safe; actually it is really like an “immune boost" for your toddler and contains extra nutrients and antibodies.
A mother may also worry that there will not be enough colostrum for two children. You will have enough for both, as colostrum works on the same supply and demand system as breastmilk. If you are really worried about this, you can always breastfeed your newborn baby first and then let your older child drink. Your toddler might not like the change in the taste of your milk (colostrum) and might even wean himself/herself off of the breast as a result.
The colostrum might make your toddler's stools a little runny, but this will only last until your mature milk comes in again.
Tips for Tandem Nursing
Eat extra healthy and do not try dieting while breastfeeding to lose weight. Your body will naturally get rid of the fat stores when your second child decides to wean himself at year two. This is just the way nature intended it.
Most moms have a great time tandem nursing and others wish they had
weaned their toddler before the baby was born. My advice, is that if you
feel any irritation during pregnancy while breastfeeding, it would be
best to wean your toddler before your baby comes along. This will prevent
your older child from being weaned abruptly when your baby is born.