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Tips For Breastfeeding Twins


Some people think breastfeeding twins is impossible when it couldn't be further from the truth. Once you get the hang of it, breastfeeding twins can be totally doable and a breeze. Here are some of my tips for breastfeeding twins.

→ Invest in a good feeding pillow. Feeding twins can be tricky in the early days. Having a good feeding pillow (I used the Harmony Duo Twin Feeding Pillow) and lots of cushions/pillow can really help you to feed them both simultaneously. You'll need someone to hand you the babies the first few times but after that, it becomes easier and you can do it by yourself. I used this video as a good guide for how to do it by myself.

→ Following on from the previous tip, feed both them together if you can. When you get breastfeeding established try to feed them together otherwise, you'll constantly have one baby on the boob and the other one sleeping. 

→ If your babies are born prematurely you may wish to pump in order to ensure they get a good supply of milk until they can latch on correctly and efficiently. I found the Medela Symphony Double Breastpump was the quickest at extracting breastmilk, although the Spectra 3 performed just as well but took longer. If you're going to be pumping a lot, make sure you're double pumping and perhaps invest in a bra to hold the suction cups in place, as you'll have to spend a lot of time holding the suction cups. 

→ Download an app such as Glow Baby to keep track of which baby fed on which boob and for how long. You can also monitor dirty nappies, bottles and sleep within the app too which is a lifesaver in those early days of twin motherhood.

→ Breastfeeding can be tough in the first few weeks especially if it's your first time and/or you're breastfeeding twins. There's lots of support available from health visitors, children centres and groups online so don't be afraid to ask for help. Keep at it if you can as it'll pay off in the long run and get easier.

And Then She Said has also written a post about her Ten Breastfeeding Essentials with lots of great tips and advice for breastfeeding in general which I highly recommend checking out.

What's your number one tip to make breastfeeding easier?
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