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Where to Start With Breastfeeding Twins and Multiples

Are They Getting Enough Milk?

Breastfeeding babies are amazing creatures, as they can regulate themselves. They take what they need at each feeding and from each breast. However, it's natural for mothers to wonder and worry if their babies are getting enough milk.
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, it is recommended that a healthy newborn should breastfeed 8 to 12 times in each 24-hour period during the early weeks -- so roughly about 2 to 3 hours between feedings. Also, an average amount of time for breastfeeding should be 10 to 20 minutes per breast. As the babies grow, they will be able to go longer between feedings and develop a more regular feeding routine.
How to tell if your babies are getting enough to eat? Check their diapers. During the first few days, where the babies receive mainly colostrum, this may mean only one or two wet diapers a day. However, once the breast milk has come in, the number of wet diapers should increase to about five to eight wet diapers each day (for each child!). Also, each baby should have at least two to five bowel movements every 24 hours for the first several months. In addition, babies should gain around four to seven ounces each week in the early months.
Even after you get into a good nursing routine, you may still struggle to maintain your milk supply. In many cases, it is a good idea to pump even after your babies nurse to completely drain the milk from the breast. This can help increase your breast milk production, and you can freeze the extra milk for those times when it may come in handy.
(Click How to Store Breast Milk and How to Reheat Breast Milk for more tips on how to do this.)

Last But Not Least -- Take Care of Yourself!

While you are trying to juggle more than one baby, it's easy to forget that you need to take care of yourself as well! Although your babies are your priority, you won't be able to take care of them if you are run down and wiped out. Especially with the high demands your body needs to breastfeed, it's crucial to eat well and drink lots of fluids to maintain a good milk supply!
Try to sleep when your babies sleep, and don't be afraid to ask for help. Having people to help with the household chores or simply watching your little ones so you can take a rest or get a shower goes a long way!
(Click Taking Care of Yourself While Breastfeeding for more tips on how to make sure you stay healthy and rested as you care for your little ones.)
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