On average, the likelihood of having twins is about 3 in every 100 births. If you’re the proud mama of not one but two adorable bundles of joy, you’re already beating the odds. That being said, winning the baby lottery comes with its own set of challenges. From figuring out how to feed two babies at once to getting enough rest, you may be feeling overwhelmed. Sleepless nights, constant feedings, and feeling like a 24/7 milk machine are bound to leave you exhausted, but you’re not alone in this journey. At Milk N Mamas Baby, we understand the unique challenges that come with breastfeeding twins, and we’re here to support you every step of the way. In this post, we’ll share some breastfeeding tips that will be especially useful to moms with twins. So, grab a cup of coffee (or two), take a deep breath, and let’s tackle this adventure together!
Prepare for breastfeeding twins.
A high-quality pump double electric breast pump will help you maintain your milk supply and allow you to express milk for feedings when you’re not available. Remember to stock up on breastfeeding supplies such as nursing bras, breast pads, and nipple cream, too. For the sake of comfort and convenience, I recommend creating a breastfeeding station with a comfortable chair or sofa, pillows, and a table to hold drinks and snacks. Finally, enlist the help of a lactation consultant or join a support group so that you’ll have guidance and support from experts who can help you overcome any challenges that may arise.
Get in the right position.
Finding a comfortable position is essential for successful breastfeeding no matter how many babies you’re nursing, but especially when you’re juggling two. (Speaking metaphorically. Just because you have two babies, doesn’t mean you should juggle them unless you’re a circus performer with years of experience.) Experiment with different nursing positions and different nursing pillows or other props to help support the babies during breastfeeding sessions.
Establish a feeding routine.
With so many fingers and toes to kiss, it can be hard to remember what you’re supposed to be doing when. That makes creating a feeding schedule that works for both you and your babies especially important when you’re first getting the hang of nursing. It’s also a good idea to alternate which baby feeds first during each session to prevent preference for one side. Tandem feeding, where both babies feed at the same time, can also be considered to save time. Smart pumps, like the Elvie Stride or the Willow 3.0, which allow you to track feedings, can be useful if “mom brain” is making it harder for you to keep track of who’s nursing on which breast.
Take care of yourself.
Staying hydrated and well-nourished is crucial for maintaining your milk supply and providing proper nutrition for both you and your babies. Just like your little ones, you need to get plenty of rest and accept help from family and friends. Take breaks when you need them and ask for support when you’re feeling overwhelmed. It’s important for both your physical and mental well-being as a new mother.
Troubleshooting common issues
Nipple soreness and engorgement
In the first few weeks of breastfeeding, you may experience nipple soreness and engorgement, both of which are common among breastfeeding moms, especially if they’re nursing twins. Improper latching or positioning are the prime suspects when it comes to nipple soreness while engorgement frequently occurs when your breasts are too full. To alleviate nipple soreness, ensure proper latching and use nipple cream. Applying a cold compress or taking a warm shower can help alleviate engorgement.
Low milk supply or oversupply
Low milk supply or oversupply can also be challenging for mothers of twins. Stress, lack of proper nutrition, or hormonal imbalances can lead to low milk supply, which can be extremely stressful for mom and babies. Oversupply, on the other hand, can lead to discomfort for the mother and difficulty for the babies in latching properly. Consulting with a lactation consultant or healthcare provider can be helpful in addressing these issues and finding sustainable solutions.
Let us support you on your breastfeeding journey.
At Milk N Mamas Baby, we understand the unique challenges of breastfeeding twins and the importance of taking care of yourself while taking care of your baby. That’s why we’re here to support you every step of the way. From breast pumps and accessories to lactation support and advice, we’re here to help you make the most of this special time with your babies. So, go ahead and take that first step toward a healthier, happier you. We’re here to help you every step of the way on your breastfeeding journey.