Breastfeeding Tips for Moms of Multiple Births

Multiple births can be a joy but they can also create problems, especially if you are feeding the babies yourself.  But don’t despair!  There are ways to make this easier for you, if you follow the helpful tips below.

Mums of multiples, who have already mastered feeding, and other baby experts recommend the purchase of a good nursing pump.  The pump not only encourages the production of milk, but it lets you to save as much milk as you need to feed your babies. There is an electric double pump on the market which allows you to express from both breasts at the same time. You can even feed one baby whilst using the breast pump on the other side.  This maintains your milk levels for the nursing baby and allows you to save milk from the pump for later. If you feel that these pumps are a little expensive, there is an alternative to buying one as they are available on a rental basis from medical supply companies.

You could also ask friends or family members for advice about feeding your babies.  They are sure to have lots of help to offer you with your new day to day routine.

Twins can be breastfed simultaneously.  There is no right or wrong way to do it as long as the babies are fed.  It really is down to you and what you feel most comfortable with.

It is important when you are feeding your baby yourself, that you find quiet and relaxing areas in your home to do so, ensuring you are not disturbed.  You need to keep healthy and try to reduce your stress levels whilst breastfeeding, so make sure you get enough rest in between feeds and engage in a proper diet with plenty of fluids.

The experts say that newborn babies should be breastfed anything from eight to fourteen times within each twenty four hour period. They also suggest a simulation of the baby’s feeding routine, so you will produce more milk.  Pumping times vary from one woman to another, but should continue whilst you have a natural flow.

When you are surrounded by people who are happy to help you with your babies, you have nothing to worry about.  Remember to try not to do it all alone.  You will only tire yourself out and the whole thing will become complicated.  Take it steady and all will be fine.

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