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#1 of 3 Old 04-01-2012, 07:17 PM - Thread Starter
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Hi, all!


I just had my second baby on March 22nd. My first turned 9 months the day after that jaw.gif

DS was a little early, and I apparently got pregnant RIGHT away. My supply seemed to dip just a little while I was pregnant, but since I had a HUGE oversupply problem, it never seemed to affect DD. We're baby-led weaning, and she's still about 85/90 percent breastfed. Now that DS is here, it's like nursing twins! DS nurses like a champ and is gaining weight just as he should. I was just wondering if any of you mamas have had tandem nurslings close in age, and how did you handle it? DD has been refusing solids and just wants to nurse...is she feeling jealous? 


What can I do to make sure DS and DD are getting what they need (emotionally as well as nutritionally)? TIA!

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I have tandem nursed by not babies that are super close in age.  It's very normal for 9 month olds to not be that interested in solids.  When she does eat make sure it's nutrient dense foods like homemade chicken stock, avacados, egg yolks etc.  To make sure you have what it takes to nurture them emotionally and physically I'd suggest eating well and taking care of yourself so you have enough to give.  It really is so important to nap when they do and take advantage of help from a partner, friend, mother or whomever.  I found myself sometimes feeling touched out and impatient with my older nursling when I was doing to much and not taking care of me.  Hope this helps.  I really like these recommendations for nutrition and nursing. http://www.westonaprice.org/childrens-health/diet-for-pregnant-and-nursing-mothers


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The babies I tandem nursed weren't quite that close in age but I remember feeling like I was nursing someone all the time. A nine month old still needs to nurse a lot so I agree with mamagranola28 that as long as the solids you offer are nutritionally dense your dd will be okay. Even though you didn't have supply problems during your pregnancy your milk now is bound to be much richer than it has been and she is probably nursing so much because of the change in your milk. I remember my older dd nursing more once my newborn milk came in - her cheeks got fuller and rosier, she went through a growth spurt - after a while she went back to her old nursing schedule and ate more solids but it was like she was feasting on milk for the first while after the new baby came!

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