If the answer to this has already been posted elsewhere...feel free to link me to it.
My daughter is 8 months old. My husband and I are planning to conceive our next child in the near future. Thinking that tandem feeding would be more than I could handle...my plan is to wean my daughter 2-3 months before baby #2's arrival.
I'd like some feedback on this. My fear was that if I waited till baby #2's arrival my daughter might feel bad...that somehow baby #2 stole her mommy's milk from her (to some degree). So I didn't want weaning to be coupled with the new baby's arrival--though I suppose she might be too young to have such feelings, I really don't know what to expect from a 17+ month old child.
I'm also wondering about colostrum and tandem feeding. So if I'm still nursing my first child when baby #2 arrives...does my body STILL go through the cycle of making colostrum followed by breastmilk...and should I abstain from feeding this first child during the period I'm making colostrum? I'm confused about this process.
Do nipples still go through that 'raw' and painful period with a newborn even though you've BEEN nursing thus far and are fine?
How have the rest of you who do tandem feeding managed it? How do you make sure your newborn gets adequate time nursing and baby #1 gets what she needs without feeling like you're never NOT nursing? Do you ever nurse both at the same time? It sounds absolutely exhausting.
Anyway...I guess what I'm trying to say is I wasn't planning on doing tandem nursing...but perhaps if these details are explained and the explanations ease my mind and make the idea seem doable I might do it.