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Tandem breastfeeding for children of different ages

Tandem breastfeeding for children of different ages


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Tandem breastfeeding occurs when a woman who breastfeeds her child becomes pregnant and decides to continue breastfeeding during pregnancy, and once her child is born, breastfeed both together.

It is a decision that more and more women choose, and we are going to try to answer some questions that may arise in this regard. The most important thing is to know that this type of breastfeeding does not harm the health of the mother, the baby or the child who is breastfeeding.

During pregnancy breastfeeding changes, and more than half of children wean themselves. The main reason is that the amount of milk produced decreases, and that is something that many may dislike. It was previously thought that it was due to the change in the taste of milk, but this is not the case, since colostrum is not secreted until a few days before delivery.

One of the first symptoms of pregnancy is breast tenderness, and this may be the reason why some women opt for targeted weaning; as they find it uncomfortable to breastfeed.

Remember that for breastfeeding to work there are two factors that must be met: that the child wants to suckle, and that the mother wants to.

The sucking of the nipple produces uterine contractions, mothers notice that they give way when the child stops nursing. If the pregnancy is normal, without risk it does not produce the advance of the due date.

The baby's weight gain in the womb is normal, there have been no cases of low weight that could have been associated with this type of breastfeeding.

According to a study, the main reason that prompted mothers to make this decision was to respect the needs of the eldest child, others to live the experience of breastfeeding in tandem and lastly, to promote the bond between siblings.

Once the woman has given birth, let's see what happens with breastfeeding:

- It does not negatively affect the newborn: with more stimulation, milk production is maintained and there is enough for both. Newborn weight gain is normal. Furthermore, it seems that the "growth crises" are not objectified, since they have the necessary amount of milk at all times.

- The mother has to "organize" the feedings: You can breastfeed both at the same time, each on one breast. You can offer the newborn first, and then the older one. Anything goes, as long as there is harmony.

- Breastfeeding both at the same time has not been seen to increase the likelihood of contagion of the smallest.

- If you make the decision to breastfeed in tandem, it is very important to go to Support groups; that way you won't feel strange, and you can find understanding and advice.

You can read more articles similar to Tandem breastfeeding for children of different ages, in the category of On-site Breastfeeding.


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