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Breastfeeding Blog Hop week 16: Tandem Nursing

Posted: April 21st, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Breastfeeding | Tags: #Judahthetank, Blog Hop, Blogging, Breastfeeding, Lincolnton and Wy | 4 Comments »

This weeks Breastfeeding Blog Hop hosted by Life With Levi and co-hosted by The Slacker Mom and Diary of a Devil Dog Wife is about Tandem Nursing. 

Although I nursed my twins until they were a few months old, I probably will never have the opportunity to tandem nurse.  While tandem nursing is indeed nursing two children during the same time period, it’s traditionally defined as children of different ages.   I probably won’t nurse Judah much past 12 months and if we do decide to have another baby it will be a few years down the road, we can all breath a sigh of relief over that one!

I do however, have a little experience nursing two at once.  Or, in my case, two nursing babies who never ever nursed at the same time.  (Unless you count those two times that we crossed our fingers and prayed really hard to anyone who would listen that this would be the beginning of something great.)

It wasn’t.

If you’ve ever nursed twins, you are told  it’s going to be so much easier if you can get them to nurse at the same time.  Actually, I think all the books I read were really pretty adamant about the fact that you could just put them both to the breast, sit back and relax and it was going to work.  Easy peasy.  You were going to save so much time….right!

(I seriously want to be in these women’s shoes for one day.)

I had reluctant latchers who liked to pop on and off every 13 seconds when they had my full attention on them trying to keep everything cupped the right way and angled the right way and supported the right way and it was an insane amount of energy and time just to keep one nursing and to get two situated was a logistical nightmare.  As soon as one got going the other one would pop off.  It was an exercise in futility.

Just attempting it brought me to tears almost every day.

So, we carried on nursing them one after the other, then pumping and supplementing.  Lather, rinse, repeat.

It was pretty endless.  Did I mention I have no memories of the first 3 months that did not include breastfeeding, pumping or supplementing?

It was all encompassing.  And in a different way that nursing Judah has been all encompassing.  Judah likesLOVES to nurse.  Every time I pick him up he’s trying to get at the goods.  He might be nursing  up to a dozen times a day, but it’s not a fight.   It’s not emotionally draining.  Draining, yes…but in a good way.

I was pretty revved up to nurse the boys.  I remember a co-worker who’s sister had twins telling me one day that I was crazy to even think about nursing twins.  That was always in the back of my mind after that.  I don’t think I would ever tell anyone that.  Knowing how horrible it felt to fail at that goal with the boys made me push through this time around.

Breastfeeding is normal.  It is not something reserved for special circumstances, it’s not just for singletons or the babes of crunchy tree-hugging Moms.  It’s for everyone.  And everyone should have the support they need to reach their goals. 

Even if those goals involve nursing your toddler and your newborn at the same time.

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4 Comments on “Breastfeeding Blog Hop week 16: Tandem Nursing”

  1. 1 Dulce said at 11:52 am on April 21st, 2011:

    Thank you so much! I can't imagine how challenging it would be with twins, but I found early in our tandeming adventures that it was way too much for me to try to nurse both at the same time. We have them take turns, too. You are awesome! 🙂

  2. 2 erinclot said at 12:08 pm on April 21st, 2011:

    With the twins I never knew what it was like for a baby to just latch and nurse. Judah is a total breeze in comparison- he'll latch anything that comes within reach if you let him! I think if we would have been able to get to the stage where they had more head and body conrtol and wre able to kind of take control of their own side it would have been different…I'll never know.

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