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Tandem Breastfeeding [Everything Mamas Need to Know!]

I want to start things off by saying breastfeeding is a different journey for every mother. There is no comparing one situation to the next! It is my hope that all mamas get the chance to have a long and happy breastfeeding journey, even if it is hard at first. One tricky situation that you might find yourself in is tandem breastfeeding. We are here to tell you all you need to know about it and hopefully make it seem a bit less daunting. 

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What is Tandem Breastfeeding?

Tandem breastfeeding is when you nurse two of your babies at the same time. It is common among moms of multiples, but may also be used by moms who have children close in age. When nursing twins tandem breastfeeding often means one baby on each breast.  If you are tandem nursing two different aged children you may use tandem nursing in a couple of different ways.

Nursing is often the predominant nutrient source for your infant during their first year of life. This is why if you have another baby, you may still want to nurse your older child. Keep in mind, you may want to nurse your younger baby first. This will ensure that they receive an adequate amount of milk. However, if you are producing too much milk, tandem nursing may actually benefit you. You can tandem breastfeed your toddler to reduce engorgement when your baby is done nursing or in between sessions.

Another reason to tandem breastfeed is if you have a fast letdown. Some infants can struggle with a fast-letdown and have difficulty latching. A toddler may be better able to handle the letdown until it subsides at which point the infant may then be nursed.

 

Will I Like Tandem Nursing?

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Whether or not you will like tandem nursing is largely dependent on your lifestyle and personality. Tandem nursing can be difficult, especially at first. You are learning to adjust to a new baby and will still be required to meet the nursing demands of your toddler. If you are nursing twins, you will have to manage the schedule and demands of two infants. Tandem nursing can be overwhelming in either scenario, but worth the struggle in the end!

Tandem nursing certainly has benefits. After a period of time, you will probably get your children on a regulated schedule and nursing will not be exceedingly time-consuming. Of course, there are innumerable health and emotional benefits associated with breastfeeding. There are also positive aspects when nursing an infant and toddler. You will be able to connect with both your children and your toddler and infant will be able to bond through nursing as well. In addition, continuing breastfeeding your toddler will help to sustain some semblance of your routine pre-baby, comforting your older child.

Many women find that nursing a toddler can be used to soothe them during difficult situations and provides them with an opportunity to sit, rest, and reconnect with both their children. There are pros and cons to tandem nursing, ultimately you will have to decide for yourself if you like it.

 

Some Things to Consider When Tandem Breastfeeding

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Tandem nursing can have a variety of benefits beyond engorgement and letdown control. Tandem nursing can help bond your older child and the new baby. During a time when your toddler may be suffering from feelings of jealousy and detachment, nursing can be a beneficial way to soothe these anxieties.

In addition, studies have shown that children still receive health and nutrient benefits from breastfeeding beyond the first year. Nursing your toddler will continue to provide them with health and emotional support.

Providing Sufficient Nutrients to Your Newborn

When tandem breastfeeding, you may be concerned about providing a sufficient amount of milk to your newborn. It is important that your baby receives an adequate amount of breastmilk to sustain nutrition and weight gain. One of the ways in which this can be remedied is by always nursing your infant first, this will ensure that they are able to nurse for as long as they want and obtain as much milk as they want.

You may also want to nurse one child from each breast. This will ensure that your baby is receiving hindmilk and foremilk. However, if your newborn is able to empty one complete breast you should then put them onto the other breast to continue nursing.

Milk Production Concerns

Another consideration is milk production and if you will have enough milk to nurse two children. In most cases, the demand from both children will stimulate production. Nursing is regulated by supply and demand. When you are nursing more than one child, your body should respond to the increased demands.

Mama’s Well Being

The final consideration is the wellbeing of the mom. Nursing can lead to cracked and dry nipples, but as you have been continually nursing a toddler your breasts should be conditioned. You will likely not have to worry about nipple pain or soreness. Nursing also demands a great deal of the mother’s body. Be sure to get plenty of healthy calories and plenty of sleep.

 

Does My Newborn Always Need to Nurse First?

During the first few days to weeks your newborn should nurse first. Nursing your infant first will help to set your supply levels and ensure that your infant receives adequate nutrition. After birth you will be producing colostrum, a vital nutrient source for your newborn, so be sure to give them first dibs.

After a short period, you can nurse both children at the same time, one on each breast. You may also want to continue nursing the toddler after your infant, or maintain different nursing schedules in which they nurse at separate times.

 

What To Do if a “Weaned” Child Asks to Breastfeed Again?

Nursing a newborn can reignite a desire for nursing in a weaned child. Whether or not you choose to begin tandem breastfeeding with your weaned child again is at your discretion. It is also okay to comfort your toddler in other ways instead of nursing again. If you do so, be kind but firm and be sure to devote periods of time and attention solely to your toddler while your partner cares for the baby.

Alternatively, you can begin nursing your toddler again. It may be easier to nurse both children at the same time so that you are not burdened with an additional nursing session or sessions.

 

What Positions Are Best for Tandem Breastfeeding?

You can tandem nurse using the same positions that you find comfortable for breastfeeding a single child. Some positions you may want to try when nursing two children include:

 

  • A football hold, in which each child’s body is directed under your arm and behind your body.
  • A cradle hold, in which the baby is positioned across the toddler’s lap.
  • A combination hold, in which one child is in a football hold and the other is in a cradle hold.
  • The toddler leaning on you or kneeling while the infant is cradled. It is likely that your toddler is now adept at nursing in a variety of positions and will be able to acclimate themselves to the position of the newborn.

 

Tandem nursing can be a great experience and bond both you and your children in ways you never thought possible. If you are considering tandem nursing it may be beneficial to speak with friends who have tandem nursed or seek out those with the first-hand experience to determine if you may be suited to tandem nursing. Check out the Rookie Moms Facebook Group, where you will find a tribe of moms to ask for advice!

 

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How to Choose the Best Twin Carrier [4 of Our Faves!]

A baby carrier is a necessity for many parents as it’s an awesome way to bond with your baby that lets you skip the stroller and tend to your child with your hands-free. If you are expecting twins, you might be wondering what about me? While baby carriers, from slings to traditional Ergos are readily available for single babies, it can be a bit more tricky to find something suitable for twins. Luckily, there are several twin baby carriers on the market right now. They offer all the convenience and appeal of a single baby carrier but cater to both babies at once. They also make it a little easier for one parent to carry, tend to, and bond with twins at the same time.

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What is a Twin Baby Carrier?

Twin baby carriers use the same principle and technology as single carriers. The only difference is that they allow one person to carry both children at once. The most common setups are with one carrier in the front and one in the back. Think; adult sandwich. Some carriers allow both children to be carried on your sides. This position kind of mimics holding and carrying both children at once in your arms, but with the added support of the carrier. Other carriers on the market allow the carrier to be used in tandem, and separately so parents can carry one child at a time. This is a great feature to keep your eye out for!

 

Must-haves:

  • Carry both babies at once: this seems obvious but many carriers are marketed as a “two pack” and not for carrying both babies at one time on one person. If you ever want to do anything hands-free with two babies, this is a must.
  • Easy to use and wear: managing a baby carrier with one baby is tricky as it is. So, a twin baby carrier must be easy to wear, get on and off, and configure with one arm.
  • Comfortable: baby carriers are getting better at distributing weight, but this is especially important when carrying both babies at once. You’ll want a carrier that can handle two babies, without hurting your back, shoulders, or arms.
  • Flexible: many twin baby carriers can carry both at once or be used as individual carriers. This is a must-have so parents can carry one baby at a time, or handle both at once if needed.
  • Safe for both babies: you’ll want a carrier that supports each child appropriately and takes their hips, spine, and weight into consideration. If it isn’t comfortable and safe for baby, it won’t be the right carrier for anyone.

 

The Best Twin Carriers on the Market Right Now

1: TwinGo Carrier Air

This is the ideal twin baby carrier, designed by a mother of twins! She wanted to be able to soothe both children at once, over having to choose which baby to carry. You will wear this twin carrier with one child on the front and one child on the back. This positioning makes it easier to have hands-free time while also connecting with both babies at once. Each carrier takes the baby’s safety and support into consideration with an ergonomic design and breathable fabric.

In addition to wearing both babies at once, each carrier can be worn solo. This allows both parents to carry a child for one on one bonding time. The sleep hood accessory supports the baby’s head gently to make it easier for sleeping. It also doubles as a sun shield. There are three models of the TwinGo Carrier. The original which has a larger pocket for carrying items, a Lite model which has the pocket removed, and the Air model which has a zipper to reveal a mesh panel for air flow.

2: Malishastik Twin Baby Carrier

If you’ve tried to carry both twins at once you know it’s a handful. This twin baby carrier situates one child on each hip so you can tend to them and carry them with added support. Most baby carriers you wear like a backpack, but this carrier is more like a harness that allows you to hold both babies on your sides. This carrier is also different from other twin carriers in that it is all one piece and doesn’t separate to allow for single baby carrying. It doesn’t have any different configurations, only one baby on each hip. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing if you enjoy the hip configuration, though! The Malishastik twin baby carrier comes in a wide range of colors from standard neutrals to those with a bit more color.

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3: Twingaroo Twin Carrier

Another great baby carrier for twins is this Twingaroo. You can use this twin carrier harness with one or two babies, either as a front wearing carrier with a backpack rear or with both babies, one in the front and one in the back. The backpack style straps are well-padded for comfort. Also, the rear carrier has a backpack style look which makes it easy to carry gear, snacks, and other necessities. There’s also a front pouch for little things like keys and phones. This is great for twin parents as it carries both children and works as a diaper bag, with everything on hand and still hands-free.

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4: Baby Tula Ring Sling (You’ll Need 2 of them!)

If you like the idea of a sling carrier, there is a little trick to make this work with twins. You can simply get two ring slings and put them on opposite sides. You will use the ring sling just as you would with a single baby (x2!). Many moms love the sling because of the closeness it provides with their baby being snuggled right up against them. Check out this video to guide you on how to put the slings on and get the babies in. I would try to explain it to you, but it makes a whole lot more sense when you just see it!

Pictured is a single carrier

 

 

Looking for advice from other twin moms? Head to the Rookie Moms Facebook Group!

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Best Double Strollers; 21 Options to Make Life More Simple

Double the trouble means double the products. Whether you are expecting multiples or simply adding to your little crew, you will likely find yourself looking for the best double stroller to fit your family’s needs. The good news is there are tons of wonderful options out there with all kinds of different configurations, sweet accessories, and styles to match your life. We have broken strollers down into three categories; day to day double strollers, double umbrella strollers, and double joggers. We are pretty confident that somewhere in this list you will find your perfect match. Make sure to keep in mind a lighter stroller will be easiest to push and pay close attention to how the strollers fold if you have a compact car or will need to store the stroller in a small place. Besides that, we say simply follow your heart!

 

The 21 Best Double Strollers

 

Day to Day Double Strollers

Uppababy 2017 Vista Stroller

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You seriously get the best of both worlds with this stroller; it is lightweight, has all the accessories you could ever want, and is so easy to convert into whatever you need it to be. The stroller comes with a bassinet seat, which is even equipped with proper ventilation and depth for overnight sleep making this stroller perfect for travel. If you have multiples you will be able to attach 2 bassinet seats or 2 infant car seats. However, if you have a toddler and a newborn the stroller can be adapted to that as well. Just you wait, there is even more. The 2016 Vista Stroller can even hold a 3rd child with the Piggyback Ride-Along Board attachment, which allows a walker to hop on for a ride. This stroller has an answer for every scenario on top of being slick and modern in looks.

Stroller Weight: 28 lbs as a single stroller, but varies depending on attachments

Age Range: Newborn up to 50 lbs, dependent on attachments

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Baby Jogger 2014 City Mini GT Double Stroller

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If you’re looking for a double jogging stroller that fits all your needs, from grocery shopping to off the beaten path hikes, this is the one for you. The wheels are built to last and the hand brake is super user-friendly. A huge bonus is that the seat backs are longer meaning they can accommodate taller kids, so this stroller will last you as long as your kids will even want to sit in it. Did we mention it’s specially built to increase airflow? If you’re in hotter weather this is definitely something to take into account.

Stroller Weight: 46 lbs

Age Range: maximum capacity 100 lbs total

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Joovy Caboose Ultralight

Joovy took their original stroller kept all the sturdiness and versatility, but lost 4 lbs to create the Joovy Caboose Ultralight. You can have two seats or convert them back to a bench or standing platform. In fact, this is the lightest sit and stand stroller on the market according to their website. On top of that it folds up easily and small enough to fit in most car trunks. This stroller reclines all the way back for nap time because Joovy understands that missing a nap can turn ugly real quick.

Stroller Weight: 23.5 lbs (WOW!)

Age Range: 90 lbs

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Chicco Cortina Together Double

The Chicco Cortina Together is the perfect option for anyone who needs a double stroller on a budget. It’s reasonably priced and grows with your family, from infant car seats to some of the tallest seats that exist in a double stroller making it comfortable for older children. We love that the storage bag is very large and can be zippered shut. It folds up fairly well but isn’t the best in the game. The shades are also a bit disappointing, but these are small sacrifices to make when you consider the lower cost. The stroller is still made of high-quality materials and will surely get the job done.

Stroller Weight: 34 lbs

Age Range: Up to 40 lbs in each seat

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Baby Trend Sit n Stand Double Stroller

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Baby Trend kept mama in mind when they finally made a double stroller with a snack tray and cup holder not only for each child but for you as well! The huge basket is perfect for storing pretty much anything else. This stroller can have two seats or the back can be switched out to a standing platform. It is a great option for parents who think their child will be growing out of a seat soon but may want to add it back on for particularly long trips. You can easily fold this stroller with one hand because with two kiddos you need all the free hands you can get.

Stroller Weight: 32.5 lbs

Age Range: Newborn (with the car seat attachment) to 2.5 years old or 40 lbs

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Bugaboo Donkey

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We know that the name of this stroller has probably already caught your attention, and we are here to assure you it will actually be a much smoother ride than one from a donkey. This is the perfect day to day double stroller if you need something narrow but sturdy and capable of converting into different configurations. It is one of the few double strollers that won’t leave you worrying about fitting through doorways or aisles. Say hello to all those errands you’ve been missing! You can attach two bassinets, two seats, or one of each. The seats can also face forwards or backward, just in case someone needs a little extra attention. It is not the easiest stroller to fold up, but if it’s something you use every day you might not even need to get into that.

Stroller Weight: 33 lbs

Age Range: Newborn to 37 lbs in each chair

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Best Double Umbrella Strollers

Chicco Echo Twin

This is probably my favorite of the double umbrella strollers. It’s pretty sturdy meaning it will last you through some great adventures and/or errands, but still has the compact feel that you want. This stroller is little heavier but ergonomically easy to tote around with a handle, and at least you can count carrying it as your bonus workout. It’s made to fit just about perfectly through any door frame. It has literally everything on the checklist from maneuverability to the 5 point harness, and that’s why a recommend it so highly.

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Zoe XL2 Best v2

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For the price, this stroller is really high quality and will last you a while. The Zoe is one of the lightest weight and smallest folded double umbrella strollers. Despite its super lightweight, it can still comfortably hold even your 4-year-olds. The canopies are awesome and will provide ultimate shade for your babes and the recline really well for nap time. As for accessories a snack tray, drink holder, and great storage, all come along with this umbrella stroller.

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Joovy Twin Groove Ultralight

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While not many double umbrella strollers are a great option for newborns, Joovy got it right. They recline, individually, and turn into an almost bassinet like a seat. It grows super well along with your kiddo and can end up holding up to 50 lbs in each seat. This stroller has pretty much everything on the checklist, including a great canopy and amazing underneath storage. It has safety reflectors, so you can feel more comfortable enjoying late night strolls with your little ones!

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UPPAbaby G-Link

There is both a 2016 model and a 2018 model out right now, depending on your budget both make a great choice. Biggest perk, it’s only 24 lbs so you should be able to carry it anywhere. The canopies are top notch and the stroller can stand on its own when you fold it up. This stroller is a great option if you’re kids are a little older as it can hold up to 50 lbs in each seat!

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Delta Children LX Double Umbrella

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Bang for your buck is what this double umbrella stroller will get you. At just around $55, this super lightweight stroller is a favorite of many parents. The seats recline just enough to get comfy and there is a little bit of a canopy to shade your kiddo from the sun. It’s pretty easy to maneuver and compact. Hello, grocery store aisle! Hello, theme parks!

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Kinderwagon Hop

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Some of you are probably big fans of the tandem stroller. Well, this double umbrella stroller is actually a tandem which is pretty rare. It has a lot of checklist items like reclining seats, super compact and easy folding mechanism, and a 5 point harness. Although the seats are a little small and the leg room squishy, so it’s best for smaller or younger kiddos. Bonus, you can fit one car seat in it if need be!  

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Kolcraft Cloud Double

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This is another really well-priced stroller making it worth checking out. It’s especially great if you are making this purchase in addition to your other stroller. There are two big cons here; there is no 5 point harness only 3 and there’s no storage basket. Besides those things, it has pretty much everything else going for it. The seats recline a bit, it’s easy to maneuver and transport and the canopies are pretty large.

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Maxi Cosi Dana for 2

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I love the sleek all-black look of the Maxi Cosi, but more than just looks it’s really easy to push with a middle handle for extra control and has super roomy seats for your babies. It can hold two newborn car seats, which is a pretty unique and useful feature. Its main downfall is that it’s not the lightest of umbrella strollers.

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Best Double Jogging Stroller

BOB 2016 Revolution Flex Duallie

 

It’s pricey, but with that price comes the ease of jogging and maneuvering a pretty awesome stroller. It has plenty of storage, is supposed to be comfortable for you to push and for your kids to ride in, and passed all the safety tests with flying colors. Added little bonus; it’s also meant for all terrains making this a great double jogging stroller for moms who enjoy being outside.

Stroller Weight: 33 lbs

Age Range: 8 weeks to 50 lbs per seat

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Joovy ScooterX2 Double Stroller

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This double jogging stroller is pretty much top of the line and stylish which is a huge plus. It has a ton of storage and zippered in pockets so you won’t lose anything. It also has to mesh pocket cup holders inside for your little ones which is rare for joggers (it’s the little things right?). This double joggers only downfall is that it isn’t great for off-roading so maybe not the choice for hikers.

Stroller Weight: 32 lbs

Age Range: 3 months to 45 lbs per seat

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Baby Jogger Summit X3 Double Stroller

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This stroller truly does everything well. While a lot of crossover options make you sacrifice in some way, this double jogging stroller does jogging, all-terrain, or mall strolling with no problem. The seats have a bar down the middle giving your kids lots of support. They also recline all the way back to flat with an easy mechanism for big nappers.

Stroller Weight: 35 lbs

Age Range: maximum capacity of 100 lbs total

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Thule Urban Glide Double  

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This stroller can hold one infant car seat, so it’s a great option for mamas of 2 who just want to purchase one stroller. It’s obviously not meant for you to jog with the infant car seat, but once your baby is old enough for the regular seat it’s perfect for a jog or just running errands. Moms also love that the handlebar includes a drum brake.     

Stroller Weight: 31 lbs

Age Range: maximum capacity of 100 lbs total  

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Bumble Indie Twin Jogging Stroller

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This double jogging stroller is well worth the price tag. It’s compact when folded, so you can fit it anywhere it needs to go including small trunk spaces. It’s also super comfy for your kiddos and offers tons of storage space. As for safety, the five-point harness will make you feel comfortable that your babies aren’t going anywhere. Make sure the tires are full and this bad boy is a piece of cake to push around.

Stroller Weight: 36 lbs

Age Range: no age/weight minimum on the lowest recline setting to 90 lbs total

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Baby Trend Expedition Double Jogger Stroller

  

This double jogging stroller is a super affordable option coming in right around $200. While the materials are a little lower quality and there are reviews of a little wiggle in the wheels, it’s super lightweight and easy to maneuver. Plus, you can always have someone handy take a look at a wobbly wheel to tighten it or put more air in.

Stroller Weight: 25 lbs

Age Range: maximum of 90 lbs total

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Mountain Buggy +One Stroller

This stroller is actually one of the rare tandem double jogging strollers making it perfect for narrow spaces. It goes from single to double pretty easily, so it’s great for families planning on growing. The back can lay down as a mattress while you’ve still got a newborn and then be converted into the second seat.

Details like weight and age depending on how you configure the stroller

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If you are still on the search for a stroller or car seat, you may also want to check out:

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