Mothering Forum banner

1 - 8 of 8 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
6,671 Posts
Discussion Starter · #1 ·
I was wondering. You know how breastmilk changes over time to meet the different needs of a developing baby? What happens when a mama is tandem nursing a toddler or older baby, and a newborn? Does the milk change to primarily meet the newborn's requirements, or does it stay the way it is for the older child? Do you still get colostrum? Is one child being nutritionally compromised in any way by getting a type of milk that was really intended for a child at a different developmental stage?<br><br>
Thanks for humoring me. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
2,151 Posts
Very interesting question/well, questions! I'd like to know too! I've never really thought about it! I'm sure neither child is being nutritionally comprimised thought! Not with breastmilk!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,351 Posts
The bm changes in composition during pg to make the colostrum and fattier bm a new baby needs. Here is a link.<br><br><a href="http://kellymom.com/tandem/faq/16milkchanges.html" target="_blank">http://kellymom.com/tandem/faq/16milkchanges.html</a>
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
830 Posts
Even when tandem nursing,the milk changes back to colostrum. The milk will usually come in faster(because of higher demand),but it will still go through all the changes.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
3,088 Posts
Thanks. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"> I've always wondered this too!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,541 Posts
I once read that a study was done and moms who were tandem nursing were told to keep the newborn on one breast all the time and the toddler on the other...<br>
What was found was each breast had slightly different milk compositions. Baby's enzymes in the saliva are absorbed into mom's skin and sends a message to the brain to let mom know what that baby needs...then breast produces it...<br>
I know it sounds like science fiction...I can't remember where I read it...sorry!
 
1 - 8 of 8 Posts
Top