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December 13th, 2010, 02:50 PM
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Hello! I have dropped by occasionally in the past but mostly lurked rather than posted.

I breastfed my second daughter Natasha regularly until she was around 2 years old and she naturally weaned, but has occasionally returned when she's been upset or unwell. I had my baby boy just under a week ago and I am supplementing him the same way I did with Natasha which enabled me to keep BFing when my health was not so good (I have CFS and supplementing helped me to keep my own strength up.)

Things are going really well and despite a difficult start with breastfeeding in hospital where they were extremely unsupportive Sam is enjoying it as much as I am.

Natasha has been naturally interested in what's been going on and it has encouraged her to want to BF too. I'd love to try tandem nursing and experience what it is like but I am nervous about trying to find a good position for them both. Natasha is a very tall girl for her age and in comparison Sam seems so tiny, I am worried she will move and squash him!

I'd just love to hear some personal experiences of which positions have worked best for you and which ones have not been as easy to manage. I'd really like to try it so even if it doesn't work out I can at least know I've tried.
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December 13th, 2010, 04:54 PM
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December 14th, 2010, 02:21 PM
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Have you looked at kellymom yet? I havent tried tandem nursing a newborn and a toddler but I do visualize to latch the newborn on while sitting and then just having the toddler sit next to me. DD nurses a lot that way sitting next to me.

ETA: another position I've thought off is to latch the baby on top of me while I lay down and have DD lay next to me. My boobs are big enough for me to lay on my back while she nurses.
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December 14th, 2010, 09:49 PM
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Here's my usual tandem positions:





With my boys (my almost-three-year-old is a very "busy" nursling), the position is still more like that one. I have to face them in opposite directions. They kick each other and aren't comfy if facing one another. My 3 year old can latch himself on, so I get him in the position, get baby attached, and then tell him to get himself on. Then I support his head.
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December 15th, 2010, 07:00 PM
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Anytime I nursed my girls together, it was about the same as Kim shows above. I would lay Anna over Abby while they nursed. I very rarely ever nursed them together though, and even if you nurse 2 children (at seperate times) it's still tandem nursing.
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December 16th, 2010, 04:06 AM
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Thank you for your advice and help, ladies - I really appreciate it! I think laying Sam over Natasha is probably the best way to try, Natasha still prefers laying over my lap so it looks like it will be the most natural for them. They both have the same favourite side though so one of them isn't going to be happy to lose out on that!

Thanks for giving me the confidence to give it a go
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