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Old 11-30-2006, 11:39 PM   #1
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How does milk production work when you're nursing a baby and an older child? I know that our bodies make milk that is nutritionally appropriate for the child we are nursing, so how does that work with kids of different ages, especially in the beginning. Do you not get colostrum? Or do you get colostrum even when you've been nursing without stopping? Does your milk change for the new baby or does it stay the same as it had been? Is it something in the middle? Sorry if this sounds ignorant, but I've been wondering about this for a while and just figured I'd ask.

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The milk does change......dring pregnancy, and yes you get colostrum. In fact, the taste changes so much that some toddlers will choose to stop nursing during preganncy....they may or may not want to start again after "real" milk comes in......

In a tandem situation, the "new" baby takes over.....so your body make the milk that is "correct" according to your newborn infant......the milk isn't "bad" for your toddler, but is more precisely suited to the infant.
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Generally it is suited to the younger child, though w/two nursing production is higher, and the milk may be richer than it was when only one infant nursed. The chemistry of the pregnancy resets the clock, so to speak. Many moms nursing a toddler will lose milk supply at some point during pregnancy, or the milk may change significantly. And right after birth there is still colostrum. Good question!
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Thanks for clearing that up for me ladies!
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That's not a "dumb" question at all. I never knew this about nursing/milk supply. Isn't it amazing that God created our bodies to produce enough food to sustain another human being...and sometimes 2!!

Interesting stuff, ladies! Thanks!
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Someone posted a while ago that she nursed her toddler on one side, and her infant on the other. When she would let her infant nurse on the toddler side, her infant would get sick and spit up. I can't remember who it was now though...
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That's not a "dumb" question at all. I never knew this about nursing/milk supply. Isn't it amazing that God created our bodies to produce enough food to sustain another human being...and sometimes 2!!

Interesting stuff, ladies! Thanks!
I never knew this either but have been wondering about it since we have an 8 month old and dh thinks i'm pg again. Only time will tell. But yes, it is amazing how God created our bodies!
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Someone posted a while ago that she nursed her toddler on one side, and her infant on the other. When she would let her infant nurse on the toddler side, her infant would get sick and spit up. I can't remember who it was now though...
That was me. When ydd was on odd side at night she would spit up a lot. I started to think that maybe my body really was making two different milks. I started to keep ydd on her side at night and it made a difference nut odd's side got very uncomfy so I went back to switching. She still spits up but not as bad. Not sure what it was all about really but it was intresting.
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