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Twins mean you’ve got double the love, mama. But does it mean double the work when it comes to breastfeeding? Although breastfeeding with twins can be challenging at first, you’ve got this. All you need are a few solid tips and tricks.
Some studies have shown that moms with multiples often choose to bottle feed their babies. These moms often feel anxious over the thought of feeding multiple babies at once. If this is you, we totally get it and support whatever you choose. A fed baby is a happy baby!
If you do choose to breastfeed your twins, there are many benefits for both you and your babies:
The first step for twin breastfeeding success is to establish a nursing schedule. Most babies will need to eat every 1-3 hours in the first few weeks, so you should plan on breastfeeding your babies 8-12 times each day.
With twins, one baby may be hungrier than the other or have different eating habits. That’s okay. Most moms will choose to feed both babies at the same time, whenever the hungrier baby signals it is time. Actually, feeding twins on-demand day and night is a great way to ensure your babies get enough to eat (plus, it delivers the best fat content for healthy growth).
You can also decide that it’s best for you to exclusively pump and bottle feed your babies. If so, plan to pump at least every 2-3 hours to increase and maintain your supply. Each session should take around 15-20 minutes.
If you plan to pump and feed your babies from the breast, try to pump between each breastfeeding session. This ensures a solid pumping output and enough milk for your babies when it’s time to eat.
To simplify pumping, we recommend purchasing a breast pump that can express milk from both of your breasts at the same time. The Willow pump is wearable, so you can balance and juggle your sweet babes while you pump, hands-free.
Flexibility. Convenience. Control. No matter which pump you pick.
One of the challenging parts of breastfeeding with twins is the logistics of it all. You now have two babies to juggle as you nurse. The good news is, there are plenty of ways to make breastfeeding easier on you and your sweet babes.
It makes sense to breastfeed both of your babies at the same time. This helps you stick to your breastfeeding schedule and ensures both babies have full tummies. If you don’t feed your babies together, it can be hard to track which baby you’ve fed and which one you haven’t yet, especially in the first few weeks.
Yes! Your body will know how much milk to make based on how much your babies eat and how often. Remember, it may take a few days after you have your babies for your milk to come in completely. And ebbs and flows in milk production can happen, especially if you’re not drinking enough water or having trouble emptying your breasts.
It’s important to take care of yourself too, mama. Drink plenty of liquids, try your best to get some sleep and eat a healthy diet. All of these things contribute to your breast milk supply.
The days and nights are long with a newborn baby. Add in a second baby and you may find yourself falling asleep standing up. As a twin mama, here are a few tips for ensuring you find time to rest:
Yes. If you have a naturally low supply of milk, want your significant other to help with the feeding or simply wish to combination feed, supplementing with formula is a great choice.
With multiples, pumping enough breast milk to keep a solid supply and breastfeeding may feel like you’re constantly expressing milk. Supplementing with formula can help you catch a break when you need it and even return to work if you choose.
Many experts recommend waiting at least a month before introducing formula into your routine, so you can build up your milk supply first. Then, try adding one or two bottles into your routine until you and your babies get the hang of it. If all goes well, you can decide how often you want to supplement.
We know that breastfeeding or pumping can be a struggle at times. But, it’s more than worth it. Looking for tips on how to make the most of your breastfeeding experience? Want to learn more about breastfeeding and pumping? We can help! Check out our blog or go ahead and shop for your own wearable Willow pump.
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