Help for Moms Considering Tandem Nursing
Breastfeeding tandem (or tandem nursing) is choosing to breastfeed two children of different ages during the same period of time. This does not necessarily mean that you are literally nursing both children at the same moment, but some women do.
Why Nurse in Tandem?
Most mothers who tandem breastfeed their children feel that natural weaning is extremely important. They see no reason to wean one child when they become pregnant or give birth to the next. Since there is really no reason to stop nursing to get pregnant, they simply keep breastfeeding as long as each child wants.
Do They Nurse at the Same Time?
Breastfeeding tandem for most mothers is actually done separately. They do not have both children at their breasts at the exact same time. The oldest usually nurses only after the younger child is finished.
Other breastfeeding mothers, however, actually enjoy the opportunity to nurse both children together. They claim this lessens sibling competition and fosters a special closeness between their children.
Is Tandem Breastfeeding For You?
Choosing to tandem breastfeed two children is a very personal decision that only you can make. Many women are happiest simply deciding not to decide. They simply continue nursing to see when the older child seems willing to wean…sometimes it happens during the pregnancy and sometimes it doesn’t. Until the child decides it is time, she will continue to enjoy nursing them both.
A valuable resource for anyone considering tandem nursing is a book called Adventures in Tandem Nursing: Breastfeeding During Pregnancy and Beyond. It is full of real life stories and tips from moms who once were in the same situations you are now. It is heart-warming and supportive…we love it!
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