It can take some time to get the hang of breastfeeding one baby, but what about two? Common questions for breastfeeding moms of twins include:
- Will I produce enough milk?
- Will I have time to breastfeeding two babies?
- Can I breastfeed both babies at the same time?
- Which positions can I use?
Before you get overwhelmed with all of the what-ifs, remember that having the right guidance and support can make all the difference. Here is a helpful guide when breastfeeding more than one baby.
At the start, you may want to breastfeed your babies individually. This will allow you to determine how well each of your baby latches on to your breast. It will also give you a chance to see if there are any individual concerns you need to address. You might want to have a 24-hour chart to take down how long and how often each baby is being eating. Once you have established each baby on the breast, you can begin the process of breastfeeding both babies at the same time.
Nursing twins at the same time
You should have rolled-up towels or nursing pillow. Either of the two is needed as a support for your babies when you are nursing them. Choose pillows that are made for twins. They are designed with large and firm surfaces to support two babies at once.
Choose which nursing position you will be most comfortable with. The clutch or football hold is best when breastfeeding twins. To do this tuck your babies under your arms, one on the left and one the right like a football. When doing this, your baby should be facing you with her nose level with your nipple.
It can be tricky to get both babies on the breast if you don’t have someone who can help you.
If you are alone, you can take a bouncy chair and position it at the feet of wherever you are sitting (glider or couch) and place one baby in the bouncy chair. Then, you can take the other baby and sit down. Position the first baby and get him/her latched on. Then, you can reach down and pick up the second baby from the bouncy chair and get him/her latched on. It may be tricky at first, but once you get the hang of it, it is easy to get both babies latched on when you are by yourself.
You can also go for breastfeeding them one at a time. Have your partner feed one baby with a bottle while you’re nursing the other. Remember that it is best to alternate breasts with each feeding. This is especially recommended when one baby is a stronger feeder than the other. Alternating back and forth on a regular basis will help in producing same amounts of milk in both breasts. This also reduces the chance of blocked milk ducts.
If you are exclusively breastfeeding, you can feed one baby while the other is still sleeping or is occupied in a swing or bouncy chair, and then switch and feed the other baby. It can make the process of breastfeeding/pumping longer when you feed twins one at a time, but sometimes this routine works better for the babies and even for the parents.
Will you have enough milk to feed twins or multiples?
Trust that your body will make enough milk to feed both babies. This is what your body and your breasts are designed to do!
Remember to keep your body hydrated by drinking lots of water and to eat a healthy and balanced diet.