Display Mode:

    Main content

    Health Information

    Breastfeeding Your Newborn and an Older Child

    Breastfeeding Your Newborn and an Older Child

    Skip to the navigation

    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

    Organizations

    La Leche League International
    www.llli.org
    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: Women's Health
    www.hrsa.gov/womenshealth/index.html

    Credits

    ByHealthwise Staff
    Primary Medical Reviewer Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine
    Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
    Specialist Medical Reviewer Kirtly Jones, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology

    Current as ofSeptember 29, 2015

    This information does not replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise, Incorporated, disclaims any warranty or liability for your use of this information. Your use of this information means that you agree to the Terms of Use. Learn how we develop our content.

    © 1995-2016 Healthwise, Incorporated. Healthwise, Healthwise for every health decision, and the Healthwise logo are trademarks of Healthwise, Incorporated.