Continuing on from my previous post on Tandem Nursing…
Probably one of my biggest concerns about tandem nursing is positioning – especially in the early days when the newborn is still rather fragile. Nursing both children one by one should be fairly straightforward, but what happens when they both want to nurse at the same time? What are the recommended positions?
I’m sure we can reason with Gavin to let the baby go first during the day time, but if he wakes up at night to nurse, he may not be so cooperative and the last thing I want is to have a baby and toddler fighting for milk in the middle of the night. In which case, I had better be armed with some knowledge of how to nurse two at the same time…
KellyMom offers the following suggestions which I believe are from the book “Adventures in Tandem Nursing During Pregnancy and Beyond” by Hillary Flower:
- Initially, semi-reclining (with pillows behind your back) may be easier than sitting or lying flat.
- Double-cradle: both children in cradle position, with newborn’s legs resting on toddler.
- Double-football: toddler can have his/her head on a nursing pillow and body stretching away on the couch; alternatively, your toddler can be sitting next to you with knees away from you.
- Various combinations with one child in cradle position & one child in football hold.
- Try side-lying with the newborn on the bed; you can then have your toddler perch on your side, or kneel behind you and dip his head down (pop-over nursing position).
- Lying on your back: you can prop a child on each side with a pillow supporting their bodies.
I’ll get back on which positions I think work best after we’ve had a go at all of them. For now, I think I’m leaning towards the last one – lying flat on the back. I’m not sure if that works with a newborn, but we’ll see. The benefit of being able to lie back is so I can rest, too, which I’m sure will be beneficial in the early days while I’m trying to recover from the delivery.
In the meantime, here’s a question for any Mums out there who’ve had experience in tandem nursing before… What’s your favourite position for nursing two at the one time?