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I have a 3 year old daughter and is still breastfeeding her and I also have a 2 week old baby boy, Is it okay to breastfeed both of them?

Many people are scolding me for breastfeeding my 3 year old. They said I will not produce enough milk for my baby.

I have tried to stop breastfeeding my 3 year old but can’t because she always cries until she gets what she wants.

Thanks.

Asked by lin200326 - Posted 6 years, 7 months, 1 week, 5 days, 8 hours, 11 minutes ago.

Dear Lin,

Congratulations on having breastfed your toddler for so long, and congratulations again for the arrival of your newborn.

Your breasts are God’s amazing creation, and Nature has made it so that they know exactly the amount to produce especially when you are tandem-feeding (feeding two children at the same time). Your breasts will produce enough for both

There are many advantages of tandem-feeding:

  1. It reduces jealousy and helps with bonding between siblings. If you tell your toddler that she may not breastfeed anymore, she might feel a little left out or resentful towards her little brother!
  2. Both sister and brother learn how to share at a very young age.
  3. Your daughter will receives all the benefits of breast milk ie better immune system especially if she’s starting play-school which is a time when kids pick up germs and illnesses from school.
  4. Tandem nursing helps you stimulate better milk production, thus ensuring you have ample supply for the baby.
  5. It can relieve breast engorgement and problems of plugged ducts as the older child can suck more effectively than the baby.
  6. Research has found that it may decreased risk of pre-menopausal breast cancer in mom
  7. Time and energy saving, as you can feed both children at the same time. This will gve you more time to relax as you will not need to ‘entertain’ your toddler while you are breastfeeding the baby.

Well, there will always be other people who will criticize you for tandem-feeding (and for other things as well). My advice is to acknowledge and thank them for their concern, and tell them that you are very sure you have enough milk, and continue to do what you want to do. The children are yours and you are the best person to make the decision to feed or not to feed.

Happy Mothering!

Gina Yong
Breastfeeding Consultant, Holistic Wellness and Fitness Coach
Specialty : Breastfeeding Support

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