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Tandem Nursing

Tandem Nursing

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends exclusively breastfeeding your baby for the first six months of life without the implementation of solid foods and supplements.   Post the six month term breastfeeding is still recommended to one year of age and beyond.  During the time of exclusive breastfeeding it is unlikely a woman will become pregnant, but it is still possible to become pregnant while nursing.

According to an article published by Anne Smith in Breastfeeding Basics, nursing while pregnant typically does not endanger the fetus during normal pregnancy.  However, particular circumstances could cause for a mother to wean the older child sooner in order to avoid premature labor.  It is important to discuss your situation with your doctor to determine how you should proceed with your commitment to breastfeed a child while pregnant.  Having a baby while still committed to nursing another child may result in tandem nursing.

Tandem nursing refers to the circumstance of nursing siblings that aren’t twins.  Since breastfeeding provides so many health, cognitive development, and emotional benefits many women naturally want to remain committed to full-term breastfeeding.  However tandem breastfeeding can pose additional challenges and emotional strain on mothers.  In order to overcome some of the tandem nursing obstacles consider nursing both toddler and infant simultaneously.  This will reduce jealousy among siblings and may also cultivate a unique closeness when nursing in this manner instead of independently.

If nursing both children at the same time is not ideal for you then it is recommended to nurse the infant first since the older sibling is able to acquire additional nourishment through solids at this time.  Breastfeeding the newborn first will also ensure that colostrum is consumed by the baby which is most valuable during the infancy stage of life.   Some women find the challenges of tandem breastfeeding to be exceedingly arduous and therefore seek the support of a double electric breast pump at this juncture.

If you’re planning to breastfeed in any capacity including tandem nursing then opting for a double electric breast pump will likely increase the longevity of breastfeeding and thus keep you committed longer.  Most insurance policies offer coverage for a double electric breast pump when obtained from a Durable Medical Equipment (DME) provider like Aeroflow Breastpumps.

To get started completed the Qualify through Insurance form by clicking here.  An Aeroflow Breastpump Specialist will evaluate your insurance policy guidelines to determine coverage details and will contact you in a few business days to discuss your product options and benefit details.  The experts at Aeroflow Breastpumps understand the importance of breastfeeding, and no one knows breast pumps better than these professionals.  Submit your information today, and you’ll be one of the thousands of satisfied mothers who’ve obtained a breast pump through Aeroflow Breastpumps!

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