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Naturopathic Support for Nursing Aversion Associated With Tandem Breastfeeding

Tandem breastfeeding can be defined as breastfeeding while pregnant, or breastfeeding two or more babies at once. Women who tandem breastfeed may choose to do so because of short pregnancy spacing between nurslings, with the older nursling not yet ready to wean. There are many potential benefits for mother and child: the toddler continues to receive the benefits of breast milk and tandem feeding may help with bonding when the new baby arrives. Women who breastfeed whilst pregnant typically experience a reduction in supply, often somewhere between weeks 16 and 22 of their pregnancy, for around two weeks referred to as the "dry phase". Most nurslings will continue to comfort feed through the two-week dry phase. After this period, the mother will produce colostrum until the new baby arrives. After the newborn arrives, breast milk will return and the older nursling will commonly show a renewed interest in breastfeeding. This can be a positive aspect of tandem nursing and can help to relieve early lactation engorgement. Read more here.