August 17, 2022 3 min read
If you are a mum to a breastfeeding toddler and pregnant again, there might come a point when your toddler hasn’t weaned off breastmilk and the newborn arrives to start breastfeeding.
Tandem feeding refers to nursing more than one child (not twins) at the same period of time. They could be nursing at the same time or feeding one after the other. This situation occurs when you are nursing your toddler while you are pregnant and when the new baby arrives, the toddler continues nursing. So, you end up breastfeeding both the toddler and the newborn.
Sometimes, it could also happen that a toddler who has stopped breastfeeding, demands to be nursed after the arrival of the baby. This can also lead to a situation where the mother tandem feeds two children.
There is a misconception that mothers should always stop breastfeeding when they conceive again. However, this is not true. If you are healthy and have a normal pregnancy, you can comfortably breastfeed your toddler.
It is a good idea to check with your doctor to ensure that you have a healthy pregnancy and can continue nursing.
But, usually, tandem feeding is not at all bad. In fact, it can also have some benefits.
Here are some benefits of tandem feeding:
Toddlers often go through a lot of emotions when a newborn enters the family. Nursing is a way they can calm down and feel secure. So, tandem feeding can actually be good for the toddler rather than abrupt weaning.
Breastmilk production is usually driven by the demand for it. So when two children are feeding, it increases your breastmilk supply. Newborns nurse more often and toddlers might not nurse that frequently. So, it is quite possible that both the children are nursing at different times. Thus, the mother’s breasts receive more stimulation for milk production resulting in an increased or even an oversupply of breastmilk.
Breastfeeding is a wonderful experience that involves the release of oxytocin. Oxytocin promotes love and bonding. While a mother who is tandem feeding can continue to share a loving bond with both her children, it can also be a chance for the siblings to bond over breastfeeding at the same time.
Breastfeeding is a wonderful journey, and if you have two babies with you on the journey, it can give you double the joy. Just know that you are enough, and know that you can always ask for help. Try to relax and enjoy this period and all the wonderful moments of bonding that it brings.
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