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Real Breastfeeding Questions Answered By A Lactation Consultant

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What's your thoughts on nursing two children (one a toddler, one a newborn)?
My toddler still nurses at bedtime and I’m due with my second baby in September! I’ve always thought I’d let my babies nurse until they were ready to stop but people look at me weird when I tell them my two year old still nurses or that I’m going to nurse both my kids at the same time (not together). Any tips? Should I wean my two year old? I’m not really sure she gets much milk anymore, I think it’s a lot about comfort! Will my milk supply pick back up when the baby is born? What about colostrum? Do I get that back for the new baby?

QC: Congratulations on having such a successful nursing relationship with your first baby! As far as what other people think… who cares! You need to do what’s best for you and your baby, and other people’s opinions on what’s normal or not should not dictate when you wean your child. If it bothers you that much, you may consider not sharing that information with people who you think might have a poor reaction. Personally, I think you should be proud of your accomplishment. At this point she’s probably mostly nursing for comfort and routine and not getting much milk, but I’d say continue until you’re both ready to stop. Your milk supply should come back in full swing when your baby is born and you will get colostrum although it will probably look more like transitional milk. The key to tandem nursing is to always allow the newborn to nurse before the older sibling so that the older child doesn’t drain the breast before the newborn gets a chance.