Wow, I can't believe it's been almost 2 months since we've posted! Have you had a busy summer? The little chickities at this nest have been fluttering around trying to keep house. Heather, Sierra and Donna apologize for neglecting our perch but better that we not neglect our families and our development of our wonderful Nesting Pillows..Right? Oh, my.
We are back on track and SO thankful for our perch writers who are also very busy juggling family, friends and business!
Today's post is from Holly at Integrative Mom~ Feeding The Nations
Since I did not wean my toddler during pregnancy, I was really wondering what would transpire upon the arrival of our new baby. So here I am, exactly 17 days into tandem nursing a newborn and a 2 year old. I have learned a lot, and there are already things I wish I could go back and change.
I was just planning on "going with the flow" and seeing what happened. My 2 year old was down to nursing once or twice a day, and even though I had read that he might want to nurse as often as the newborn, I didn't expect it. Nor did I have a plan for what to do if he tried.
One of the reasons I didn't try to wean my 2 year old before the birth of my baby was because tandem nursing is supposed to cut down on jealousy and stress in the toddler. The day I gave birth and for a couple of days after I feel it created more stress as I didn't have a clear idea beforehand of what I was going to do. When my 2 year old tried to nurse in the hours after my baby was born, i tried to discourage him. Much of my hesitation was wondering what others would think (friends, family, the nurses and doctors in the hospital etc.) And so I tried to stop my toddler and distract him which only led to frustration on everyone's part.
Once I decided that if it doesn't bother me, it shouldn't bother anyone else and let my toddler nurse when he asked for it, everything settled down. I was visited by.a lactation consultant in the hospital who had tandem nursed until her older child was four and a half and she gave me some great tips and some really cool facts.
For instance, my older son had a pretty bad cough the day my son was born, and I was worried about letting him nurse because of the transfer of germs. She reassured me by saying that nursing my toddler is actually the best thing I can do, because the virus in his saliva enters my body and then my milk ducts create antibodies to it that will then be passed on to my newborn to protect him from it. How cool is that?
And most everyone's main concern is whether or not I have enough milk for both of them. Well, I’ll put it this way- I joked yesterday that maybe I should see if there’s anyone else in my neighborhood who needs to be breastfed. I have enough milk to feed the nations. My newborn has been happy since day one because he didn't need to wait very long for his milk to come in and only lost 4 percent of his body weight in the hospital. By 5 days old he had already gained a third of that back and at his two week check-up, the one where they want to make sure he’s gained back his birth weight, he had gained 3 pounds since birth! I’d say I have enough milk.
I’m not sure how long I’ll be doing this, but for now it is working for us.The adventure continues...