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PostPosted: Sun Apr 25, 2010 12:52 pm    Post subject: Tandem breastfeeding  Reply with quote

I am still breastfeeding my 2 year old and am due to give birth to my second child in 7 weeks time.  I intend to feed both but am a little worried about baby getting everything she needs...Should I not feed my older child in the first few days when my Colostrum has come through?
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 24, 2010 3:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Sharon, If you feed your new baby 8 times in every 24 hrs, and especially within an hour after birth if possible, (to prime the receptor sights in the breasts which are most sensitive in the first 6 hrs after birth) then this will send  a strong hormonal message to your brain to make milk and your baby will get lots of colostrum then milk.
For the first few days the tiny amounts of colostrum will be all your baby needs. Her stomache is about the size of a shooter marble.
If you offer the breast to the newborn and then afterwards to your older child, everyone will be happy and satisfied. Remember, the more frequently and efficiently the breast is stimulated, the more milk is made.
This is irrespective of your calorie intake, since it has been shown that women in the Gambia who have a very low BMI and calory intake, still produce quantities of milk similar to western women and often feed several children at a time.


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