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So despite thinking my 15 mo DS would be weaning this spring, we're actually nursing a bit more than before (dry nursing, I think?). He only wants to nurse for about 5 minutes or less, and it's usually only before bed at night, and sometimes in the morning or before naps on the weekends when we're home together.

We've been supplementing with formula since I went back to work in August and couldn't pump enough, and he eats TONS of solids (more than any toddler I've ever met). So I think this is more about ritual than nutrients. So along those lines, I got the book "Adventures in Tandem Nursing" and read it, and I kind of think I'm going to be open to this. I'll follow his lead, and see how simultaneous nursing works out for us, but that's what I'm thinking. Especially if it's a connection/seek the source/re-centering/soothing thing, I wouldn't want to deny him that given the major upheaval coming (and given that I can't explain any of it ahead of time...he has no idea what's coming).

Who else is here? What are your plans? Thoughts? I'm HOPING my crazy nipple tenderness goes away with newbaby comes, though...jeez!
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Yes, I'm planning on tandem nursing here too. DD just turned 2 and still nurses 3+ times a day. I feel kind of bad that there is no milk for her, though I am happy that she is getting a second serving of colostrum!

My nipples have been really painful when she first latches on, but that feeling goes away in the first 20-30 seconds. I've been wondering if she will help bring the milk in much more quickly once the baby is born and if I should reduce her nursing sessions the first few days once the babe is her so that the babe gets all the colostrum she needs?

I hope all goes well with tandem nursing and that I don't end up finding it really frustrating or something.

I'd love to hear any insight you've read in the book you are reading. Maybe I should see if our library has it or wants to buy it.

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Emilash, and anyone else who is nursing while pregnant, is anyone experiencing contractions due to the breastfeeding?

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I'm not going to tandem, but I've been told that colostrum can cause diarrhea in older nurslings. Don't know if it's true or not, just passing it along! I guess it makes sense since it's partially designed to help move the meconium out.
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I am still nursing my 3 yo. We have cut down a lot but she still needs it. I thought she would wean but now I think she will still be nursing once the baby gets here. I know there are times when I have no milk. She tells me. And my nipples are sooooooo painful at times that I have to ask her to stop. She usually understands but sometimes it is very hard for her to stop. I want to read that book. I really didn't want to tandem but I feel like you that it is going to be such a huge change that we may be grateful for that connection. I am just going with the flow......

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I'm with you mamas here. I was planning to wean dd2 completely and we have nightweaned, but she still definitely wants to nurse during the day (comfort, connection) and once before she goes to sleep at night in bed.

I wasn't planning on tandem nursing but I can't really see just cutting it off cold turkey, it doesn't seem right, she loves it sooooooo much, I can't do that to her.

Like others, I feel very sensitive and in pain when she first latches on, but then that goes away. I remember nursing my first two newborns and it was always painful at first for me. Not sure why it's so but it is.

I'm kind of looking forward to having dd2 around to help with plugged ducts or full breasts instead of having to pump.

I have a bit of colostrum now that comes. I can hear her swallowing at times. But she doesn't stay on much after that, I don't think she likes the flavour of it. That's okay.

I don't have the time, money or energy to read Adventures in Tandem Nursing right now. Would you pleeease care to share any bits from it? TIA

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I haven't experienced contractions when nursing (more so than the usualy Braxton Hicks I get a lot).

As for the book, Adventures in Tandem Nursing, I did skim though all of it (had to buy it, my library doesn't have it), but I found it kind of disorganized. What I got out of it was a lot of anecdotes from people tandeming, the clarification that both simultaneously nursing two and not-simultaneously nursing but still nursing two are both considered tandem nursing. There were pics with some ways to position two babes, some nutrition info, some info about who to feed first (which basically gave a variety of options not saying one was better than the other) and I can't really remember the rest. There were a lot of reference pages with long works cited lists.

Overall, it just made me feel better about my choice. My little guy is only 15 months, and our midwife/FNP just told us at his last check-up that it's time to say goodbye to the bottle (we supplement with formula- but he should be taking it from a cup and she said once we get that transition down we should switch him to cows milk), but she was very supportive of the tandem idea. That was good, too.
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I'm planning on tandem nursing if DS (almost 25 months) doesn't wean himself before then. I doubt he will... he's been dry nursing for the last few months and I just squeezed today and got some colostrum out. Like someone else mentioned, it does hurt quite a bit for the first 30 seconds or so, but it goes away... most of the time. If it doesn't go away I know it's because he's so lazy with his latch at times and he wiggles SO much! We only nurse before naptime and before bed, but sometimes he is still so restless and just won't hold still.

Someone asked if anybody that's nursing and pregnant has had any ctx.... I have had some BH. I might've had them before last week but I never noticed them... but then last week I was fighting off a potential kidney infection and was having some pain, plus that day I was really active and I think the combination of those two things, along with the fact that I was nursing when I felt them... was what made them VERY noticeable. I took a bath and they went away. Ever since then, I can feel them when I'm nursing. Not nearly as uncomfortable as last week, though. I never felt them with DS.

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I'm tandeming for now, hope the big one will hang on until there's real milk again!

Something neat that happened: A few weeks ago, DS was sick. He gets febrile seizures so I have to keep an eye on him. With all of the worry for him, my milk came back! Literally, I could hear him swallowing, his diapers got more "nursing-baby", and I could even squirt a bit out! Unfortunately, it didn't stick, but I was so grateful while it lasted that I could help him feel better.

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I'm tandeming for now, hope the big one will hang on until there's real milk again!

Something neat that happened: A few weeks ago, DS was sick. He gets febrile seizures so I have to keep an eye on him. With all of the worry for him, my milk came back! Literally, I could hear him swallowing, his diapers got more "nursing-baby", and I could even squirt a bit out! Unfortunately, it didn't stick, but I was so grateful while it lasted that I could help him feel better.
Just proves how amazing our bodies are!

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Something neat that happened: A few weeks ago, DS was sick. He gets febrile seizures so I have to keep an eye on him. With all of the worry for him, my milk came back! Literally, I could hear him swallowing, his diapers got more "nursing-baby", and I could even squirt a bit out! Unfortunately, it didn't stick, but I was so grateful while it lasted that I could help him feel better.
So interesting! I've noticed some white stickies coming now that dd2 is sick with a tummy bug. I'm hoping it's colostrum-ish in the immune building properties. I love having medicine in my boobs.

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DD is still nursing and I'm planning to tandem if she is still when the baby comes. I don't really see her stopping, though. She's really casual right now, and sometimes only asks once a day, sometimes a handful of times, and it lasts about 2 seconds usually. And that includes the time it takes to switch boobs Sometimes she actually nurses for a while, but not usually.

I'm not entirely sure why she still wants to nurse every day.. it doesn't seem to be a comfort thing, it just doesn't seem like it lasts long enough to be, and I have been dry for months now.

I kind of think she's checking to see if she can get anything and I think she will be back to her booby loving self as soon as my milk comes in

Around 25 weeks or so it stopped being quite so painful when she latched on, it's still tender, but not the knock-the-wind-out-of-you kind of tear inducing pain that I was having

As far as contractions, I have been having a lot, period, so I'm not sure if nursing induces any or if they just happen. I haven't had any that I thought should cause me concern, so I haven't worried about it.

That is super cool about getting more milk in when your LOs got sick! I wish mine had I've been getting sick every time DD does, though, so I'm sure that doesn't help. I'm still really sad about losing all of my milk, and feeling really guilty, too. She was such a little nursing fiend still

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I just wanted to crash this thread and give you mamas a big and support for tandem nursing!

I think it's such a beautiful relationship to share between a mama and siblings! If we have another babe soon after this, then I hope to hang on long enough to tandem nurse.

My dd will be nearly seven when our babe arrives and has been weaned since nearly 3yo, so no tandem here!

But my props to all of you who are able and willing to do it!

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I think it's such a beautiful relationship to share between a mama and siblings!
A friend of mine had twins and she posted on FB that now, at 4 mos. old, they hold hands when they nurse.

HOW FREAKING CUTE IS THAT??????

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Jumping in. I still nurse my 28 mon old. I believe it about the colostrum and diarrhea issue in older babies....my dh has runny poo all the time...I was going to start potty-training but don't want to deal w/ the mess of her runny poo....I can deal w/ pee but not poo ....My 4 1/2 yr old tandemed when I had my now 2 yr old and the transition went so smoothly for her, so I will do the same when this baby comes along w/ my 2 yr old....I just don't know if she will continue when the milk comes in....only time will tell. Good luck to everyone. I loved to tandem...to hold both my babies in my arms. It is such a blessing

PS....My 4 1/2 yr old just weaned a couple of months ago, so not sure how that would of been to nurse 3 at a time...kind of relieved though

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I wasn't planning to tandem, but while I was able to nightwean & cut out almost all of the daytime nursing, DD still needs to nurse to nap. I was hoping to get her to nap w/o nursing, but nothing worked. So now I'm just going to roll with it. I think she will wean & drop her nap at the same time, so I'd like to prolong that as long as possible.

I am just not sure how logistically I will nurse DD for her nap & deal with my newborn, though. We snuggle under the covers while she nurses. Where does the newborn go? DD hated being put down...

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I'm 99.9% sure at this point that we'll be tandeming. I don't see her stopping if she hasn't stopped yet!

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Reviving this thread to see how it is going for everyone in the third trimester.

For a few days now I have been feeling so uncomfortable and annoyed when dd nurses! Its awful. I just want to crawl out of my skin. I try to stay still as long as I can stand it and then distract her with something. It is especially bad when I am lying down for some reason. I know we can't wean this late in the game but I have no idea how I will get through the next ten weeks if this persists! Anyone else?

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I weaned last week, right before I hit 30 weeks. I just couldn't take it anymore and was never really committed to tandeming. She said goodbye to the meemees and got one nice last nurse, and now accepts it when I tell her that they are empty. I am so happy that it happened and that it went so well and that I now have about 10wks for her to "forget" so that she won't freak when she sees the new baby nursing.

We had to give up the nap as well, but that ended up being less of a big deal than I feared. Now our life will be so much easier!

Though I am emotional about saying goodbye to such a tender thing with her... it is sad to know that she is no longer nursing, and she seems so big to me all of a sudden! I do miss it but that would be the case no matter when I did it, KWIM?

All that to say--it's really not too late to wean if you really want to.

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Thanks superfastreader. I guess I just have this feeling that weaning will be so traumatic for my dd. She is still so attached to the num-nums. But perhaps I am underestimating her. Glad it went so smoothly for your dd and you still have time for her to forget.

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Thanks superfastreader. I guess I just have this feeling that weaning will be so traumatic for my dd. She is still so attached to the num-nums. But perhaps I am underestimating her. Glad it went so smoothly for your dd and you still have time for her to forget.
My DD looooooooooved her meemee. I had the same fears that you did. But she gave it up so easily! We nightweaned her at 2 and then cut out all day nursing except for naptime and occasionally first thing in the morning. But that nap nursing--she would cry and cry and cry for meemee if I asked her to try to nap w/o nursing. At night she was just fine but for the nap I just couldn't imagine she would ever stop. So I gave up on the idea that she would nap and just said, "It's quiet time. You can do whatever you want but mommy's going to lay down. You can snuggle with me but you don't have to." She ran in and out of the bedroom for an hour doing god knows what in our (safe) living room, and I got a much-needed nap. She didn't seem to care that there was no meemee.

And then the last time she nursed it was first thing in the morning last week & I let her latch on, but said I would sing her favorite song to her and then it would be all done. She put her hand over my mouth b/c she didn't want me to stop, so I said, "You may have a chocolate chip when we're all done." She came off immediately begging for a chocolate chip. The next morning, the first words out of her mouth were, "I want a chocolate chip!" (I did not give her one LOL.)

I think that the key every step of weaning was to break certain associations. When we nightweaned, it was by having DH take over bedtime and nighttime comforting. When we mostly dayweaned, we had family in town and we spent a lot of time outside of home. And then for napweaning, it was all about letting go of the nap altogether.

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Thank you for reviving this thread. Dd2 still asks to nurse a lot and I let her at bedtime, or when she is very, very upset (because it helps center her). But I dont have the nerves for extended nursing now that my boobs are feeling so sensitive all the time.

I kind of hope that she is not nursing when baby 3 comes, but I think I will play it by ear. If I have cracked, bleeding nipples in the beginning with baby 3, will I want my toddler latching on too when I finally get a break from nursing my newbornÉ Anybody have experience with thatÉ

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Surfacing, I have no experience with cracked nipples. My only issue last time was engorgement which I think would be greatly helped by having a toddler nursing.

I don't think we will make it though. I just can't stand it anymore. When it was painful I could stand it, but this???? Its indescribable. We are down to just a minute of nursing when we do. I think we are giving up naps too.

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Where are things at for you Mamas?

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Still BF'ing my son (today he turns 1.5!)...I'm loving it more and more, so I'm definitely headed into tandem-land. I did get that book (Adventures in Tandem Nursing), and I probably need to re-read, because all sorts of practical questions are reoccuring to me: how do I make sure newbaby gets enough, should each kid get their own boob (DS likes to nurse on both sides right now)....that kind of thing.

How about you, Surfacing? Others?
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Yes, we're still nursing here too. I am really looking forward to having milk again. It has been a bit of a challenge 'dry nursing'. I am sure the milk will feel much better. I look forward to nursing both my babes. I just have no real idea what I am getting myself into!

I have lots of questions too. Like, how do I make sure the baby gets all the milk she needs? How do I make sure the toddler doesn't become overly obsessed/jealous? How do I make sure to get some personal space when I have 2 babies and a husband all going for the same thing?!!

I havn't read adventures in tandem. If anyone wants to share the bits of wisdom with everyone, please feel free!!

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Also still nursing... though definitely less frequently. It looks like this one will be hanging on until there's milk again! I can't wait to see his face

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Same here! For the first time since my milk went away, dd told me yesterday: There's no milkies in there!?!
I look forward to giving her milk again. I feel bad she has not had real mama milk since she was only 20 or so months old.

I just can't wait to see what she says when there is an explosion of milk for her to have!!

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How do I make sure to get some personal space when I have 2 babies and a husband all going for the same thing?!!

HA! Yes!
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Here is some stuff I found on Kellymom:

Does my newborn always need to nurse first?

Although you may be advised to make sure the newborn always nurses first, this advice usually only holds for the first few days until your milk “comes in.” Prior to this point your breasts are making colostrum for the newborn (and it will transition into “mature milk” in the early weeks). This “liquid gold” is high in immune properties and agents that prepare the newborn’s gut for the milk to come. Because colostrum is in limited supply after birth, you will want to be sure that your newborn gets first dibs.

Often tandem nursing mothers find they have such abundant supplies after their milk comes in that little coordination is necessary. By monitoring your newborn’s pattern of nursing and signs of sufficient milk, you will know how best to coordinate your nurslings.


What positions are best for tandem nursing?

To find your best arrangement you will need to experiment and to try a variety of pillows (including a U-shaped nursing pillow). The positioning that works best is likely to change as your baby grows. Following are some options to consider:

* Initially, semi-reclining (with pillows behind your back) may be easier than sitting or lying flat.
* Double-cradle: both children in cradle position, with newborn’s legs resting on toddler.
* Double-football: toddler can have his/her head on a nursing pillow and body stretching away on the couch; alternatively, your toddler can be sitting next to you with knees away from you.
* Various combinations with one child in cradle position & one child in football hold.
* Try side-lying with the newborn on the bed; you can then have your toddler perch on your side, or kneel behind you and dip his head down (pop-over nursing position).
* Lying on your back: you can prop a child on each side with a pillow supporting their bodies.

Simultaneous nursing can be hard to coordinate at first, and for some women it triggers a strong agitation. It may get easier as your baby gets older and more used to nursing, and as your toddler gets used to the baby. Many mothers find that nursing each separately works well (and yes, this is still “tandem nursing”!).
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