One at a time or both at once? Five pieces of good advice if you want to breastfeed your twins
Having twins doesn't just mean double joy, it can also mean double challenges. Not just for breastfeeding. Our best advice if you want to breastfeed!
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Reviewed by Jenny Jansson
- Ask for help at the hospital
It's usually easier to start breastfeeding if you start as soon as possible after the birth. Regardless of whether it's the first time you've given birth. The hospital staff can help position your baby, help them latch on and give you good advice.
Get support from your family and friends
Looking after two babies at the same time isn't easy, especially when you've just given birth. Ask your co-parent, partner or someone close to you who can help you in the beginning. They can look after one baby while you're breastfeeding the other or help you with other things that need doing.
Start with feeding one baby at a time
All babies are different – even twins. By breastfeeding one child at a time, you learn how they want to eat and lie by the breast, which will make things easier in the future. It's easy to get stressed if both babies are screaming with hunger at the same time, but remember that you are doing the best you can!
Try double breastfeeding
One of the main benefits of breastfeeding both babies at the same time is that it increases your chances of a better night's sleep. There are several different positions for double breastfeeding - google and try them out or ask a lactation consultant for help.
Get a breastfeeding pillow for twins
A comfortable position makes breastfeeding easier for both you and your babies. A breastfeeding pillow for twins is a good investment. Your back will thank you!
Reviewed by Jenny Jansson
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