Breastfeeding twin babies

Contributed by : Palak Vyas   
Breastfeeding twin babies

For the first few weeks, infants need to breastfeed eight to 12 times per day. That is once every two to three hours, day and night.

Feed both of your babies at the same time, it will save your time too. However, babies are individuals, so one twin may want to nurse every three hours, and the other, every two hours.

Tips to feed twins at the same time:

  • Consider a nursing pillow: There is a specially designed pillow available in the market for nursing twins at the same time. You can also use two regular pillows or rolled-up towels.
  • Find the right nursing position. Try positioning both babies in the football hold (along your side) or the cradle hold (across your chest), using the pillow to support their heads. Or combine the cradle hold and the football hold, again using the pillow for support. You can use trial and error method until both you and your babies are comfortable.
  • Alternate breasts: Switch breasts for each baby at each feeding to stimulate both breasts equally. Keep alternating breasts with babies, so the babies get equal eye exercises and stimulation. By practising this method, equal amounts of milk is produced in both breasts.
  • Focus on your latch. With twin babies, there are much more chances of sore nipples due to continuous nursing. Soreness is usually caused by a poor latch. So if your nipples are extra tender, try a prescribed cream to ease the pain and spend extra time working on your latch with each baby.

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