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Tandem Breastfeeding

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What exactly is tandem breastfeeding and how is it done?

Tandem breastfeeding occurs when a mother nurses or feeds two babies at once. They can be twins, multiples or infants of different ages.

 

K has been breastfed until the age of three, he is now four. Rey is two and a half and I have recently begun weaning her off the boob. M is still breastfeeding and I have begun introducing her to solids. Health officials instruct us to feed babies only breast milk or formula in the first six months of life as a newborn comes with a delicate digestive system, one that has much development to go through.

 

K & Rey were exclusively breastfed for 6 months. Rey was born when K was 18 months old and still had the odd feed here or there. M was born when Rey was just over two years old and still consuming “Liquid Gold”

 

Given the ages and stages that my children were born, I decided to tandem breastfeed. I can tell you that it is absolutely wonderful but it is also time-consuming, back-breaking and downright draining.

 

As an individual, it took a lot of strength and positive thinking to have two little ones milking on me almost 24/7 at times. I have to ensure that my own diet is regular and well balanced so that I can provide adequate nutrition to the kids without compromising on my own.

 

My tandem breastfeeding journey hasn’t been short of mishaps, bites, awkward positions and sleepless nights. It has helped me tremendously though, the bonding between my children and myself has been magical.

I experienced little to no problems introducing K or Rey to the “new baby” and they didn’t feel left out or excluded. I wonder if things would have been different had I  not actively practiced tandem breastfeeding.

 

I think I would have faced tremendous toddler tantrums and would have made my older children feel excluded, whilst inviting other psychological issues. My breastfeeding journey is far from over and it has been glorious throughout all its trial and tribulations. The greatest trial was attempting to feed in public! I managed to overcome that with the proper selection of clothing and not venturing out during feed times.

 

My family thought I was crazy to attempt this as a new mom, especially for the reason of my children not being twins or multiples, but I did it! Boy am I glad that I achieved the desired outcome.

 

If you are attempting to tandem breastfeed, I suggest reading up about it, as I did. As this helped decide whether I would actually execute feeding more than one baby at a time, from my breast. Research has also allowed me to learn feeding positions and how to keep myself on par, diet wise.

 

Remember breastfeeding one baby is already a strain on you as a person, mentally, physically and emotionally. Be patient with yourself and your babies. All will fall into place, eventually. I’m sure that you will be more than pleased with the results as I am.

 

Good luck and much love.

Mel

 

P>S For any breastfeeding queries you can join La Leche League South Africa on Facebook.

‌PAMPERS INTRODUCED US TO THE FIRST AND ONLY NAPPY WITH TWO AIR CHANNELS, THE NEW ‘BABY DRY’, HERE’S OUR REVIEW‌

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DISCLAIMER: 

This is a sponsored post however all opinions in this review are my own.

 

It has been two weeks since we have received a pack of the new Baby Dry nappies by Pampers. I can assure you that a new standard of excellence has been achieved. Upon receipt of this intriguing innovation, I was sceptical at first. I mean air channels? In a nappy? Woah! All I could think was Poo-nami! (What this really means is that air is able to move freely inside the nappy and to baby’s bottom.)

None the less, I tore open the packet and was greeted by a gentle aroma, which I figured to be the slight fragrance of baby lotion, which helps protect babies skin from rashes. My next thought… It’s really lightweight! Intrigued further, I put this innovation to the test.

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My experience has been nothing short of amazing! I mean it isn’t the first time I have made use of this well-known brand, both K and Rey were Pampers babies. With Makaira, things are a bit different. Many things in fact as no two babies or in my case three babies are the same. M has sensitive skin and was born much heavier than her siblings. Her skin issues made me reluctantly stick to a brand that she was introduced to at birth as I did not want to worsen her condition or harm her delicate skin.

Now that we had the opportunity to test the new design, that boasts every benefit that would aid her sensitivity I could not say no. Every Mum wants the best for their children.

With not one but two, air channels to ensure her bottoms are dry and less damp, and a dry-layer that absorbs wetness and keeps it away from her skin, I could not be happier. I have also noticed a drastic improvement in her behavior, owing to being less irritable and more dry. I am sold!

Add that to Micro Absorbent Pearls that are able to absorb thirty times of its own weight and help to lock away wetness for up to 12 hours … means I am able to sleep through what would have been the dreaded 1 am nappy change. Since M is dryer for longer, she is also able to have a peaceful sleep. Did I mention that it is also equipped with anti-leakage barriers? This provides a great fit and prevents leaks.

 

 

Our experience has exceeded my expectations and I sincerely hope that you will consider using the new Baby Dry. You can buy a pack for approximately R230 and look out for the new packaging with the bold AIR-CHANNELS logo. The name has changed from Active Baby Dry to Baby Dry and there is a slight change in the weight range, so do ensure you grab a pack that is ideal for your baby’s weight. The small sizes are equipped with a wetness indicator that turns blue when wet.

 

“Inspired by babies created by Pampers”

 

#pampersairmagic #pampersbabydry

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It’s Official

Hi

 

Thank you for dropping by. I have finally accomplished my task of joining the bloggersphere and I’m here on the interwebs! Yay!

This is my official website called ” Motherhood Matters” by Yummy Durban Mummy.

 

The last few weeks have been outrageous for me, as I have been spending many late nights glueing it all together.

 

Yes, everything you find on this site has been crafted by me and I am quite proud of myself. Though I have to admit that some chores had to be shirked on in order to bring this vision to life. I guess as long as my children are clean, fed, entertained and educated the rest can be put on hold for a bit. (Like the growing mountain of laundry.)

 

On this website you will find me sharing longer articles, activities, tips, tricks; basically, everything surrounding motherhood. Feel free to voice your concerns, ask questions or just enter all the cool competitions I have in store.

Do follow me on social media as that is where you will be able to catch up with the kids and I, on the daily.

 

If you are new here, I would like to say Hello and Welcome!

This is a parenting and lifestyle blog, with all topics surrounding motherhood, which is indeed a vast spectrum. I do hope you will be engrossed in all that I have to share.

 

For now, I have to warn you… I am addictive lol.

Please bear with me as you will find minor adjustments to this site as the days go by. There is still a slight chance of a work in progress.

You may find a typo or mistake, here or there, do let me know.

As the saying goes,

 

 

‘ Mistakes are proof that you are trying… ‘

YDM

Before we go any further there are a few people that I owe thanks to:

 

-To my children K, Rey & M for inspiring me daily and giving me the courage to put myself out there

 

-To Nadia @thenonadventuresofastayathomemum for encouraging me to venture on this journey,

 

-To Jacqui  @onemessymama for a nudge in the right direction, to get my official website and blog onto the interwebs,

 

– To Simone @themumblogsa for all her technical support, video calls and advice,

 

– To Amber @brandalchemyrsa for my gorgeous logo, support, encouragement and for turning all my media and documents into visual masterpieces,

 

-To my Mum & Dad, aunts, sisters, and nieces for allowing me to chew your ears off about my venture, even though it sounded french at times,

 

Ladies thank you very much. Each of you has been an important part of bringing this all to life and I thank you, very much.

 

Last but not least, I would like to thank my husband and my cusband,

ADP & AD

 

(lol that is a made up word, by the way, it’s my cousin husband, a blog post for another day)

 

for holding my hand through it all, for dealing with my rants, for babysitting, for calming me, for seeing to meals, for forcing me to get some shut eye, for ensuring I get out of the house, to stop and smell the roses… Guys, you two are very important to me and I love you very much.

 

The last thank you goes to Tristen @trinico for being an amazing soul who responded swiftly to my every query and complaint.

 

Ok, Ok I know I’m not at the Grammy’s, I’ll stop now… though my last thank you, the most important of them all…

Is…

To you…

Yes!

You!

Thank you, for taking the time to read this post and for joining me on my journey of ” Motherhood Matters “ , I am sure that we will get along just fine.

 

 

Much Love

Mel

 

 

 

‘ Good company on a journey, makes the way seem short… ‘

Izaak

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