Some of you will know I had our second daughter one week ago today – on my birthday – the most amazing present anyone ever got :)
A proper birth story will follow at some point – although perhaps not on this blog. It was an amazing experience, and our home birth was truly everything I’d hoped it would be.
We regularly gets posts on the group asking:
- ‘Can I get pregnant whilst breastfeeding?’
- ‘Can I breastfeed through pregnancy?’
- ‘Will my newborn still get the goodness of colostrum if I’m also breastfeeding my older child?’
The answers to the above are well documented elsewhere, but basically they’re Yes, Yes, and Yes!
As you can read elsewhere in this blog, I didn’t just get pregnant at the drop of a hat. However – continued breastfeeding had absolutely nothing to do with it – and in fact it didn’t make a pick of difference to my fertility once my cycle returned! Everyone is different, but for the vast majority of people breastfeeding won’t make a difference to your ability to get pregnant. Kellymom has some good information on breastfeeding and fertility here, and on breastfeeding through pregnancy and beyond here. A ‘must read’ for anyone wondering about tandem feeding is ‘Adventures in Tandem breastfeeding’ by Hilary Flower. It is full of information, and answers a whole host of questions, including discussions about the range of emotions you might experience.
I never really expected to find myself breastfeeding through pregnancy – I just didn’t want to make my daughter wean before she was ready so we kept going. At one point I thought that she had self-weaned as my milk dwindled right down towards the end of the first trimester. However, about 9 weeks later when I started producing again she came back. Once the new baby was born there’s no doubt that there was tons of colostrum. Trust me – the colour was a dead giveaway! None of this was ‘planned’ – all I’ve done is let nature take it’s own course. I’m very glad I did.
So here we are. When my older daughter saw her new sister feeding shortly after the birth she immediately wanted to feed too. Apologies for the poor quality photo – this pic was taken shortly after dd2 was born.
Dd1 has been very sweet and gentle with her baby sister. This picture was taken a few days later:
I have no idea how long it will be before dd1 decides she doesn’t want to feed anymore. Perhaps not long. However, I’m glad that they were able to meet each other this way, and when dd1 decides she’s too big to nurse anymore, it will have been her decision.
Did you nurse two babies? Have you any tips for a newbie?