Breastfeeding more than one child is
called tandem breastfeeding. 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 breastfeeding the newborn. Always breastfeed your newborn
before an older child. This ensures that your baby is nourished with colostrum. You may want to stop breastfeeding the
older child for these 3 days, although he or she can breastfeed right after
your newborn has finished.
Closely monitor your newborn’s weight
gain and growth.
If you decide to breastfeed 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 breastfeeding routine may naturally begin the weaning process.
Other Places To Get Help
La Leche League International
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: Women’s Health
ByHealthwise Staff Primary Medical ReviewerSarah Marshall, MD – Family Medicine Kathleen Romito, MD – Family Medicine Adam Husney, MD – Family Medicine Specialist Medical ReviewerKirtly Jones, MD – Obstetrics and Gynecology