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Where to Start With Breastfeeding Twins and Multiples

Fitting in the Feedings -- Be Prepared to Feel Like a Milk Cow

Once your baby is establishing a good latch and your milk has come in, the process of trying to juggle feedings with twins and multiples can be another daunting task. Try to relax and realize that your job now is to feed your little ones, which is basically a 24-hour-a-day job. You may feel like your only function for the next several months is to be a milk cow, so try to rely on as much help from others as you can so that you can focus on helping your little ones get the milk they need to grow strong and healthy.
Having one baby to nurse is time-consuming enough as it is, so having twins or multiples will definitely bring on feelings of being a milk cow. If you have twins, try breastfeeding them together to save time. With multiples, you may have to nurse two at once and then switch to the other baby afterward. Also, remember to alternate breasts with your babies, as some may be stronger feeders than others.
Trying to establish a good routine may be tricky, as every baby is different. You may need to breastfeed as often as every hour. On average, babies should nurse frequently, with at least 8 to 12 feedings in a 24-hour period. Although each baby will be different, average feeding times usually fall into a range of 10 to 20 minutes per breast. Rather than watching the clock, try to pay attention to when your infants show signs of hunger, such as smacking, crying, or rooting.
(Click Is My Baby Getting Enough Breast Milk? for more information.)

Positioning More Than One Baby to Nurse at the Same Time

Breastfeeding two babies at once can be tricky at first, but once you find a good position that works well for you and your little ones, it will get easier and easier to do. There are nursing pillows specifically designed to help with breastfeeding twins. They have large, firm surfaces that are designed to support two babies at once.
There are a few ways you can position babies in order to nurse them at the same time. These positions can include the following:
  • Cradle hold: Place babies in front of you with their legs overlapping, making an X across your lap.
  • Football hold: Place the babies in a clutch hold, with their legs going towards your back and their chests against your sides.
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