Breast-feeding more than one child is
called tandem breast-feeding. If you continue to feed your older child along
with your newborn, keep in mind that the newborn's feeding is the
Some general feeding guidelines can help ensure
that your newborn is properly nourished:
Feed the newborn about 8 to 12 times in a 24-hour period, without
During the first 3 days after the birth, focus
all your efforts on breast-feeding the newborn. Always breast-feed your newborn
before an older child. This ensures that your baby is nourished with
colostrum. You may want to stop breast-feeding the
older child for these 3 days, although he or she can breast-feed right after
your newborn has finished.
Closely monitor your newborn's weight
gain and growth.
If you decide to breast-feed more than one child, make sure
your newborn has a healthy growth pattern. Talk to your doctor about any
specific questions or concerns. Be aware that the interruptions in your older
child's breast-feeding routine may naturally begin the weaning process.
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