Breastfeeding Multiples: Yes, It’s Possible
Feeding twins presents a few challenges, but with the proper preparation and ample patience, you can feed two babies like a pro.
If you’re a mom expecting multiples, you’re probably already wondering how you’re going to make the breastfeeding routine work. It seems like one baby at the breast is more than enough to manage. Is it really possible to do two at one time? Or is it better to focus on one at a time and let each baby take turns?
For the sake of efficiency (and sanity), we work with moms to get them on a routine of tandem nursing. Breastfeeding multiples simultaneously, while it requires a bit of coordination, is by no means impossible. Best of all, it will allow you to do something other than full time nursing.
A perfect schedule for feeding twins doesn’t happen overnight—remember that. For the first few weeks following delivery, your babies are learning the mechanics of breastfeeding. We like to remind moms that while breastfeeding is completely natural, it certainly isn’t always easy. It takes a little while to get everyone on board and on schedule. With time and practice, however, it is possible to sync the babies’ schedules of feeding and sleeping.
When breastfeeding twins, there are a few essential elements you won’t want to be without. In the beginning, it’s an extra pair of hands. After a few months, you’ll be scooping each baby like a pro, but in the first few weeks following birth, your muscle tone and coordination may not yet be developed enough for the one-handed scoop. Ask your partner or doula for assistance in getting each baby into proper position.
Feeding twins also requires ample support. Emotional support, yes, that goes without saying, but you’ll also want firm support in the form of some well placed pillows that help prop each baby to breast and keep you comfortable during the duration of your feeding. Experiment with the strategic placement of bed pillows or use a specially designed nursing pillow for twins. These are a lifesaver for most moms.
Lastly, breastfeeding twins requires patience and good self-care. Remember, even moms of singletons often struggle to master the mechanics and scheduling of nursing and you’re working with two. If you stick with it, it will come. And if you need a little extra help, our lactation consultants are here for you. Our trained, certified staff will work with you to troubleshoot any feeding issues and cheerlead your efforts every step of the way. For more information on breastfeeding support, contact us today!