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If you have an older child who is still young enough to remember nursing, they may suddenly be curious about it when they see their mother nurse a younger brother or sister. Although you will not want to allow them to nurse again if they have been weaned, you should not banish them for being curious either. Allow them to sit next to you as you nurse the baby and talk to them about feeding the baby. The curiousity might linger, but it might help alleviate some of the jealousy and uncomfortable moments. Some mothers will try tandem nursing as well, where they nurse an older child and a new child continuously.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|