6 incredible secrets to successfully breastfeeding twins
It is generally said that breastfeeding twins is difficult and requires more work and dedication than breastfeeding a single baby. You may also have a tendency to worry about not producing enough milk to feed your two babies. Or you may be afraid that breastfeeding the twins will take too much time, and you will never be pausing. Usual problems such as sore or cracked nipples, engorgement and low milk supply, and worry about whether your babies have enough to eat may seem difficult to overcome when you have two or more mouths to feed.
1) Give equal attention to babies
Remember, every baby is a unique little person, even if your twins are identical. This means that everyone will have different needs and you will face different challenges in breastfeeding. Be sure to ask your helpers to monitor both babies, not just one.
2) Creating breastfeeding routines can wait
Do not rush to create a routine. We know that diet by program is important for establishing a good supply of milk. This can be difficult for twins because they are often premature or small and less able to effectively block and transfer milk. Very often, mothers of twins find that babies settle in a natural rhythm at about 6 weeks and life becomes a little easier.
3) In case you do not produce enough milk
If you do not produce enough milk to breastfeed exclusively, but want to continue to partially breastfeed your babies. It is advisable to breastfeed at least 8 times a day. Fewer feedings or when babies get very little milk will lead to a gradual decrease in milk production. And while it’s tempting to sleep rather than pumping at night, prolactin levels are higher during night-time feeding and can be important in maintaining your milk supply.
4) Sit on the floor
What do you do with number two and three babies while you feed the number one baby? Tip for the elderly: Sit on the floor! Put a blanket on the floor, put the baby or babies you do not feed on the blanket, and sit with your back against the couch to nurse. Then, the other baby can roll but you do not fear that he falls. You can also change the layers on the floor if you wish.
5) Feed both babies simultaneously
Breastfeeding two babies at a time should wait until you are sure that one of the babies is very well positioned. Then you can position the other baby. If you are breastfeeding at random, you will probably find that you are breastfeeding just once, both at the same time. Using a nursing pillow or even a regular bed cushion can be helpful in keeping both babies in position.
6) Take care of yourself
It is normal to feel overwhelmed when you have more than one newborn and mothers of twins are at higher risk of postpartum depression. Sleeping enough is very important. Accept all offers of help and do not be afraid to ask more when you need it. Be patient with yourself (and your babies) and give yourself time to understand how to make breastfeeding work for you and your new family.