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.
Nursing while pregnant is not dangerous for you or your unborn child. Read more about this here.
Tandem benefits include:
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.
If you do decide to wean your child before you give birth, you can read more about gradual weaning here.
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.
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