3 Practical Tips for Tandem Breastfeeding a Toddler and Newborn
More and more mothers are practicing tandem breastfeeding. In this article, we have asked Amberley Harris from www.maternal-instincts.com.au, a midwife, lactation consultant and breastfeeding advocate, to share some of her tips on how to navigate this wonderful stage of motherhood.
1 Breastfeed your newborn first
Your newborn is the most important recipient of your breast milk. They need to get the required nutrition from your colostrum. Keep in mind that your new baby will need time to learn to breastfeed. They usually feed at least every 3 hours throughout the day. You can then feed your toddler when the newborn is satisfied with their feeding.
2 Establish boundaries with your toddler
It often happens that toddlers have an increased interest in breastfeeding when their sibling arrives. You have to let them know that their baby sibling would feed first before they can have their turn. It’s also a great way for toddlers to learn that they have a sibling now. A beautiful message is made known to them when they consider sharing and bonding with their sibling.
3 Your body can produce enough breast milk for your newborn and toddler
Mothers can make a lot of breastmilk for both the newborn and the toddler. There are no issues with maintaining that breastfeeding relationship. Your supply will adjust to the breastfeeding demand of both your children. That’s how incredible a woman’s body is able to provide for the needs of her family.
Prioritizing your health is one of the key aspects of breastfeeding. You need to focus on good nutrition. A well-balanced diet that includes fresh seasonal produce, staying hydrated and getting enough rest will help you navigate your breastfeeding better. Practitioner-prescribed supplements are also highly recommended.
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