Two Boobs, Two Babies: The Beauty in Tandem Breastfeeding

Two Boobs, Two Babies: The Beauty in Tandem Breastfeeding

We at My Baby's Heartbeat Bear are huge advocates for breastfeeding and breastfeeding education. The other day, a converstaion about the beauty in tandem nursing occurred, and here I am... sharing with you what we discovered. I polled the social media black holes about breastfeeding, and these are the words that mothers used to describe nursing an infant.
Empowering Badass Cuddles
Challenging Primal Connection
A Journey Peaceful Freedom
Beautiful Fleeting Easy
Endless Hunger Comforting Calorie Burning
 Always Thirsty Frustrating Exhausting
Rewording Protective Milk on Tap
Demanding Magic Womanly
Amazing Accomplished Fruitful
Work Nourishing Draining
Involved Painful Exciting
Difficult Selfless Learning
Something you will miss someday Life Giving Acceptance
  I have written about breasts and breastfeeding, but I have yet to touch on the amazing commitment that so many mothers have – these mothers go well beyond the ‘norm’ of our society’s breastfeeding trends.  I am talking about moms who tandem nurse.  Moms who continue to nurse a toddler/child while also nursing a baby.  (This does not have to be done simultaneously – but it can!) tandem3 Technically, breastfeeding twins is not considered tandem nursing, but for the sake of the “Two Boobs, Two Babies” topic, I am including twins in this article.  (And, well, who doesn’t love twin pictures?)  Moms of twins (or more) have double the challenges as those of us who birthed singletons.  These moms deserve some love in here too!  (For the record, breastfeeding twins is totally tandem nursing in my book!) tandem tandem5 Breastfeeding stirs up a mixed bag of emotions, as you can see from the words chosen above.  Challenges such as latch troubles, tongue-tie, mastitis, thrush, production problems, can all make breastfeeding hard.  These challenges become part of the journey, and once these are overcome (or never experienced for some), the ease, simplicity, and freedom begin to fall into place.  Even so, deciding to continue breastfeeding a sibling of a new baby can be tolling.  The pros and cons are different for every mother.  tandem9 A sibling can aid a mother through the newborn engorgement phase of breastfeeding.  The time spent nursing the older sibling can help transition the child into his role as a big brother.  The feelings of jealousy may not occur within a relationship that includes tandem nursing.  Instead of pulling away or acting out, a nursing sibling may accept a baby and bond sooner than if he was not still nursing. tandem4 Our society may not be openly welcome to talking about full-term breastfeeding (or tandem nursing), but mothers are doing it.  The benefits for both mother and child stretch far beyond the bond created; they are physical (protective and healing), mental (confidence and intelligence), and emotional (safety and love).  It’s time that we celebrate these tandem nursing mothers! tandem8 tandem11   While you may not have had the opportunity to nurse more than one baby at a time, or you chose not to, there is something so beautiful captured in the photos of mothers who do tandem breastfeed.  Help spread the love, help #NormalizeBreastfeeding, and help normalize #TandemBreastfeeding. tandem1 tandem2   File May 21, 1 50 14 PM
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