I'm currently nursing my 3 1/2 year old and will soon be nursing a newborn. It suddenly (like at 5 am this morning) occurred to me that maybe this is something I need to think through or plan for in order to make it work?
My nursing relationship with DD started off rocky but has been a mainstay for her whole life. I'm currently pretty dry (I can hand express only a few drops of colostrum at this point) but she's still nursing 3-4 times a day. I'm sure she'll continue at the same rate, or increase, when the baby is born.
The baby is due 2/18 but I currently have placenta previa and it (unfortunately) seems likely that she'll be born by c-section some time in January-- which means my milk may take some more time coming in. I'll be home from work for the next 8 months so I won't need to pump. We'll co-sleep and nurse on demand (just as I did, and do with my bigger kid).
I've just been assuming that as long as the baby gets first dibs on the milk all will be well and that DD's nursing might even help things as she's such an expert sucker by now she may help increase or regulate supply. But, I then also remember that I had assumed that breastfeeding would be self-evident with DD and instead it was a frightening struggle for sufficient supply during those early weeks. And, pumping has always been a disaster. I just never made an abundance of milk. Instead, DD spent all her time nursing :)
So, I thought I'd check in here and see if anyone has any big picture advice to help us get off on this new tandem relationship on the right foot. Please share your tips or suggestions with me!