How to successfully breastfeed twins
Breastfeeding two babies at the same time can be very challenging especially when it comes to the positioning and getting both babies on and off. I usually need someone to help me out, however when alone I place both babies on their boppy loungers or swing, then lift them up one by one being careful so they don’t roll off. Once I have both of them in position, they can then nurse at the same time. In order to be successful at tandem feedings, it’s important to get a few tips. Also remember there is no shame in having to supplement. This was initially hard for me to accept because on twin forums I saw many women exclusively breastfeed and I was determined to be one of them. But I eventually realized it was taking away from me enjoying the process because I was so stressed over it. I finally decided that being fed is best no matter what method.
Funny thing is when I decided to stop stressing so much about exclusively breastfeeding, it happened. My twins are now exclusively breastfeeding to the point that they have refused to take bottles for the past one month! I have had friends and family try to give bottles so I can rest or go out and only a few people have been able to successfully bottle-feed them after trying for 15mins with each one. It is stressful no doubt, but my point is FED is best, so please ladies, cut yourself some slack and quit stressing about what method they get fed with.
It is not compulsory to breastfeed both babies at the same time, in fact some people find their babies do better doing it one by one. However it does save you some time when you tandem feed. I do find it harder and less enjoyable since it involves some amount of acrobats to balance them and keep them latched on compared to one baby.
I hope these tips for breastfeeding two babies at the same time will help you out as much as they helped me when I struggled in the beginning and save you time.
I use the twin z pillow and love it. There is also the my brest friend pillow which I hear is great too. I don’t think you can really survive without these pillows. Although, some people choose to use two boppy, find what works for you. This pillow is listed in my top newborn essentials for twins.
Pick a location in the house that works for you and make that your station. Put all your essentials for nursing/pumping there so you don’t have to keep bringing them.
At the hospital after your labor and delivery, make sure to practice with a lactation consultant so you can get familiar with it and also to make sure your babies have good latches. Poor latches will prevent them from getting enough milk and therefore hinder your success at breastfeeding.
Start by breastfeeding one at a time then move to both babies
If it is your first time breastfeeding, start by doing one at a time to get the hang of it before attempting both babies. In fact from the advice I got when preparing, I was told to regardless of experience, start with one at a time especially due to their small sizes and poor latches.
Practice makes perfect
The more you practice the better you become at it. Use the breastfeeding pillows and try to get familiar with how to breastfeed on them.
Pumping regularly tells your body that it needs to produce more milk. Find a great pump and pump as frequently as you can. Some people do after every feed but I personally found that too stressful mentally so I do about 2 pumps daily but make sure to nurse my babies on demand. Its all about supply and demand, pumping more will help you increase your milk supply for your twins.
Alternate breasts for each baby
This helps to avoid one breast being better at producing milk that the other especially if you have a baby that latches better than the other. Try alternating the breasts by maybe keeping one on one side all day then switch them the next day. I find this easier than switching at every feed.
Try different positions
There are various tandem feeding positions, try them all to see which one works best for you and such to that. The favorite position may also change when they get older so be flexible, I currently use the double football position.
Give yourself grace
It is totally fine not to be successful at tandem feeding, it takes a lot of work. Do not beat yourself up because at the end, all that matters is that your child is fed.