Topic Overview

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
higher priority.

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
    time limitations.
  • 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 Reviewer Sarah Marshall, MD – Family Medicine
Kathleen Romito, MD – Family Medicine
Adam Husney, MD – Family Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer Kirtly Jones, MD – Obstetrics and Gynecology

Current as ofMarch 16, 2017