Originally Posted by NewMama2007
I went to my first LLL meeting last night - they recommended that after birth, and until my milk comes in, I only nurse the new baby so she gets all the colostrum, since DD is a more efficient nurser and will bring the milk in quicker, and baby needs the colostrum more...but telling DD#1 that she can't have her num-nums when she wants them may just break my heart!
I'm surprised that they would advise that. It was not necessary in my experience and one of the oft-cited benifits of tandem nursing is that the oldern nursling can help bring in, and then regulate, your supply in the early days. DS was over his birthweight at only 2 days--- something I attribute to the fact that DD's nursing helped bring the milk in. I *think* that in the case of twins or triplet births they would each get less colostrum, but it's not considered dangerous. Sure, the colostrum is more concentrated, but the with *more* milk your new baby will be fine.
Of course, if your milk comes in quickly and you aren't around DD it probably won't be an issue, but for us DS was born at home and it would have been very heartbreaking to DD to not be allowed to nurse. During pregnancy when my supply dwindled and the taste changed I told DD that DS would be bringing lots of new milk with him. She would have been sad if he had "kept it" to himself.
That said, I think that each tandem nursing relationship (and, of course, each nursing relationship) is different. It seems like most often the older nursling increases their nursing for at least a short time. A few decrease their nursing (maybe because they have more visitors/excitement?). I know that DD gained about 5 lbs in the first few months (she hadn't put on much weight during my pg and was 31 months when DS was born).
I'm sending you good vibes for a healthy & easy birth followed by a wonderful nursing experience for the (soon to be) three of you.