Ideas for the first born while you are nursing a new baby

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Ideas for the first born while you are nursing a new baby

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If your older child is jealous of the nursing baby, first of all, it’s important to recognize that that’s really normal. So you want to help that child, the older child, feel included, feel important and feel involved. And you can do that by asking him to come and sit beside you, maybe read a story while you’re breastfeeding. Invite him to participate in the activities of the baby and perhaps invite him to play at your feet and he will have your undivided attention while you breastfeed. So these are all great ideas of how to make your child feel more involved and feel better. It’s important that you let him know that you understand these feelings. Feelings of jealousy are not very fun for anybody, so if you help him to know that they’re normal feelings, he’ll feel better about that too.

Learn about: Ideas for the first born while you are nursing a new baby from Jennifer Davidson, RN, BSC, IBCLC,...

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Jennifer Davidson, RN, BSC, IBCLC

RN & Lactation Consultant

Jennifer Davidson, RN, BSN, IBCLC, earned her AA degree in early childhood education and taught preschool for two years. She returned to college and received a bachelor's degree in Nursing. After completing school, she worked as a pediatric nurse at Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles for ten years. During this time she got married and gave birth to a beautiful son who changed her life. Jennifer realized she did not want to return to the same long hours that would take her away from her family. When Jennifer was offered a part-time job as an RN at the progressive pediatric office of Dr. Jay Gordon and Linda Nussbaum in Santa Monica, she accepted it and has been there for 18 years.

Somewhere after birthing and nursing another wonderful son, Jennifer discovered a new passion and began helping other mothers with breastfeeding problems. She completed the extensive training to become a lactation consultant and for the last eight years has been the breastfeeding specialist in the pediatric office. Jennifer has the wonderful opportunity of following women from their pregnancy throughout their breastfeeding journey. She is able to intimately know the women and their stories. Most important, Jennifer learns with the women how best to draw out their own knowledge in creating a successful breastfeeding experience. Repeatedly she has found that helping a woman trust her own instincts builds the most confidence and leads to the most success.

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