Breastfeeding Mailbox Mondays

Cloth Diaper Advice – Mailbox Mondays 4/8/13 – Tandem Nursing

Tandem nursing via @chgdiapers

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Sara says:

I am currently nursing my 11 month old and I’m pregnant, due in about 3 weeks. Can you offer advice on tandem nursing? Thanks!

My daughter was 3 1/2 and weaned when I got pregnant with my son. He was 22 months old and still a huge boobie baby when I got pregnant with his brother. While my daughter was mostly night time nursing at that age, he was still a 24/7 nurser, and nursing was the only way he would “nap” (on my lap, LOL.)

My plan was to breastfeed throughout the pregnancy and tandem nurse as long as he liked. Unfortunately, despite my best efforts, my milk disappeared around week 8 of my pregnancy. My son occasionally “dry nursed” (not fun) but would usually unlatch & make a face quickly. By week 10, he had pretty much quit cold turkey, and only nursed once or twice more before his 2nd birthday. By the time his brother was born, he had completely forgotten about nursing and never asked again.

I have read time and time again that milk doesn’t necessarily “dry up” during pregnancy, and there is no reason to wean. I expressed my feelings of failure to the partpartum doula who encapsulated my placenta, and she said she suspects that many moms dry nurse throughout their pregnancies. Kellymom has great resources on breastfeeding during pregnancy (which it sounds like you have figured out!) as well as tandem nursing, but since I was unsuccessful, I’ll have to defer to my readers!

Do you have tips for Sarah?

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Maria is the mother of 3, writing about cloth diapers & going green. You'll often find her juggling her preschooler and typing 1-handed in between sips of cold coffee. Maria works with many companies within the cloth diaper industry and beyond, providing social media management, product development and other services.

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