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Old 02-19-11, 11:39 PM
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Hi everyone.
I'm 18 and I have two kids already. Just wondering what all you mom's think of breast feeding while looking after two small children as well? To much stress? Not enough time ?
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Old 02-20-11, 10:09 AM
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It really depends on the other kids. I've heard other ladies on the board say they kept a basket of special toys that their other kids could only play with when they were nursing the baby, and that worked well. In my case, my older son was 18 months when Lukas was born, and he wanted me no matter what. It ended up that Lukas was unable to nurse, so I was needing to pump several times a day. It was terribly difficult, and I only ended up pumping for nine weeks due to the stress of trying to pump while my older son was crawling all over me, trying to pull me away, etc.

Give it a try and see what happens. It's much easier to nurse than to bottle feed from a logistical standpoint, and most of the people I know did it without incident with other kids around.
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Welcome. I agree with Rudi- maybe have special toys that are only played with when you are nursing. My older daughter was (and sitll is) very demanding of my time but we were able to make nursing her brother work for us. I found that it was still easier to nurse than to make bottles-he had to eat either way! We eventually got into a routine and my older one was OK with it all too. You need to do what works for you! Good luck!
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It's totally do-able! I would recommend getting a sling, one you can breastfeed in, this way you can still spend time with your little ones while nursing. Even without a sling you still have a spare arm for cuddles (not the case with a bottle) and you can always sit and read books with them. Your newborn will appreciate that too.
Also some breastfeeding Mums report that their BF child is less ill and settles quicker, meaning they have more time for their children. Also you don't have to spend time making up and sterilising everything so you have time in the evenings to spend with older children.

I wish you lots and lots of luck!
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as long as it's something you really want to do you can do it. For the first few months it might be really hard because most newborns want to nurse nonstop at first, and the other kids will want attention. Just knowing what to expect and knowing that it will not always be simple will help you not feel so overwhelmed when the time comes. I suggest getting a sling like Tracy mentioned and also the toys or books to keep the older ones busy. It can be very time consuming in the beginning and very stressful if it's your first time breastfeed but just remember that it get's easier as time goes by.
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