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Will my nipples be unbearably sore from nursing two or more babies?Breastfeeding multiples doesn’t make you more likely to have sore nipples. Soreness is caused by incorrect latching on or positioning, not the number of babies you’re nursing. (Read more about helping your baby latch on and about effective nursing positions.)
If you have preemies, and one has to stay in the hospital longer than the other, you can simultaneously breastfeed on one side and pump on the other to keep up your milk supply. (Read more about breastfeeding premature babies.)
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Find a doctor who encourages breastfeeding and supports your ideas about childcare. Join a Mother of Twins club. Get in touch with a lactation specialist (go to the Web site of the International Lactation Consultant Association (ILCA) and type in your zip code for a consultant near you) or someone from La Leche League International who can be with you right after the birth to help you get started nursing. If your babies have to be cared for in the hospital and you’re unable to nurse right away, start pumping your milk on the first day. It can be refrigerated or frozen, in sterile containers, for use later.
March of Dimes. 2014. Caring for multiples. http://www.marchofdimes.org/baby/caring-for-multiples.aspx [Accessed December 2016]
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If you do get sore nipples, treat them with a combination of breast milk and purified lanolin, such as Lansinoh or PureLan 100. After feeding, express a couple of drops of milk and let it dry on the nipple for five to ten minutes. The milk will help heal cracks and kill bacteria. Then apply lanolin, which doesn’t need to be washed off, to keep the nipple soft and supple. You can buy purified lanolin from a drugstore, lactation specialist, or breast pump supplier.
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AAP. 2015c. Twins and other multiples. American Academy of Pediatrics. https://www.healthychildren.org/English/ages-stages/baby/breastfeeding/Pages/Twins-and-Other-Multiples.aspx [Accessed December 2016]
There are other ways to gauge if your babies are getting enough milk. Dehydration in newborns is rare, but it’s important to know the signs of a healthy eater so you can alert your pediatrician if anything seems amiss. (Learn more about how to tell if your baby’s getting enough.)
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Ask anyone who’s done it: Breastfeeding twins or higher multiples requires more work – and more dedication – than breastfeeding a single baby. And the responsibility of feeding more than one can be overwhelming. You may worry that you won’t produce enough milk to nourish more than one baby. Or you may be afraid that nursing twins will take too much time, and you’ll never get a break. (After all, your newborns may be hungry every half-hour during the first few weeks.)
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You may find it helpful in the beginning to keep a chart of feeding times, which baby was on which breast last, and how many wet diapers each baby has had.
Can I produce enough milk to nourish more than one baby?The law of supply and demand applies to nursing mothers of twins and multiples. If you breastfeed when your babies want to eat, you can trust your body to supply enough milk. A low milk supply can almost always be corrected by nursing more often. If your babies aren’t emptying your breasts, you may need to pump.
Should I follow a rigid or flexible nursing schedule?A flexible schedule is best, and feeding your babies at the same time is the most economical use of your precious time. However, babies are individuals, so one twin may want to nurse every three hours, and the other, every two hours. Some mothers find that letting the hungrier baby dictate the time of the next feed for both works best. Some mothers nurse on demand during the day and follow a schedule at night.
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Does breastfeeding take more time than bottle feeding?It takes the same amount of time to simultaneously bottle-feed your babies as it does to breastfeed them at the same time. Yet bottle-feeding also requires additional time for washing and sterilizing bottles and preparing and warming formula. According to calculations from La Leche League International, breastfeeding during the first year saves a mother of twins about 300 hours and more than $1,200.
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How can I hold two babies to nurse at the same time?Use rolled-up towels or a nursing pillow to support your babies. You can buy nursing pillows designed specifically for nursing twins (some nursing moms recommend the EZ-2-Nurse Twins pillow or the NurseMate pillow because they have large, firm surfaces that will support two babies at once, freeing your hands to reposition or burp each baby).
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With the help of a pillow, you can vary your nursing positions. For example, you can rotate from the cradle hold (across your chest) to the football hold (along your side), or you can use a combination of the two. It’s a good idea to alternate breasts with every feeding, especially if one twin is a stronger feeder. If it’s hard to keep track of who was on each breast last, try alternating breasts every 24 hours instead of after each feed. Switching back and forth regularly helps produce equal amounts of milk in both breasts and lessens the chance of blocked milk ducts. Alternating breasts also helps your babies’ eyes get equal exercise and stimulation.
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How do I know if my babies are getting enough to eat?Lactation consultants and doctors can tell whether your babies are getting enough milk by how much weight they gain. Newborns normally lose between 5 and 9 percent of their birth weight before regaining it by the time they’re 2 weeks old. They should start gaining at least an ounce a day by the fifth day after birth. Have your pediatrician check your babies’ weight if you’re concerned.
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Where you can go for helpGet support teams in place before your babies are born. You’ll have enough to cope with after the birth without adding the pressure of trying to find help.
Knowing the answers to some common questions about breastfeeding multiples ahead of time may help ease your anxiety and prepare you for the job ahead. And because many twins and multiples are born prematurely, you may want to read up on breastfeeding and premature babies. Here’s a look at some common concerns:
Talk to family members, friends, neighbors, and community groups to see if they can help with cooking, cleaning, and shopping after the birth. Encourage visits from friends and family members who think breastfeeding twins or multiples is a good idea. Steer clear of those who don’t. Above all, don’t try to be Supermom and go it alone. With twins and multiples, far more so than with a single baby, you’ll need – and deserve – all the help you can get.
UpToDate. 2016. Patient education: Common breastfeeding problems (beyond the basics). http://www.uptodate.com/contents/common-breastfeeding-problems-beyond-the-basics [Accessed December 2016]
Be persistent with your preemie: Once he gets the hang of latching on, he’ll reap the nutritional benefits of your breast milk.
Keep lots of water nearby. The oxytocin your body releases when you nurse can make you very thirsty.
AAP. 2015b. Supply and demand. American Academy of Pediatrics. https://www.healthychildren.org/English/ages-stages/baby/breastfeeding/Pages/Supply-and-Demand.aspx [Accessed December 2016]
What if I bond with one baby more than the other?This can happen, especially if one of your babies has to stay in the hospital longer than the other. You’ve had more time to get to know the at-home baby, and you’ve developed a stronger attachment to that twin. Or, if you have one sickly baby, you may find you’re giving that baby more attention. The important thing is to be aware of your feelings and work to give your babies equal love and attention. Happily, breastfeeding brings you in close contact with both babies and can help speed up the attachment process.
Once you start, you may feel that your life consists of nothing but feedings and exhaustion. Common problems such as sore or cracked nipples, engorgement, and low milk supply, and worrying about whether your babies are getting enough to eat may seem like too much to cope with when you have two or more hungry mouths to feed. Yet if you plan ahead for nursing and get support from your baby’s doctor, lactation specialist, and family and friends once your babies are born, you can successfully breastfeed.
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La Leche League International. 2007. Breastfeeding multiples. http://www.lalecheleague.org/nb/nbnovdec06p244.html [Accessed December 2016]
AAP. 2015a. Making sure your baby is getting enough milk. American Academy of Pediatrics. https://www.healthychildren.org/English/ages-stages/baby/breastfeeding/Pages/Making-Sure-Your-Baby-is-Getting-Enough-Milk.aspx [Accessed December 2016]
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Do I ever get a break?You don’t have to be on the job at all times. In fact, you shouldn’t be. Sleep when the babies sleep, if you can. Call in your support teams when you’re feeling frazzled, beginning with your mate. Let him take over while you take off, even if it’s for only 15 or 20 minutes. Get out of hearing range of the babies by going for a walk, taking a hot bath, or reading a magazine in another room. Once your feeding routine is well established, enjoy a night out with your partner or a friend. (Learn how to pump your milk and teach your baby to drink from a bottle so you can spend more than an hour or two away from home.) Remember, you had a life before you became a parent. It’s time to continue where you left off.
La Leche League International. 2016. How can I tell if my baby is getting enough milk? http://www.llli.org/faq/enough.html [Accessed December 2016]
Your babies eat at least every two to three hours or at least eight times a day for the first two to three weeks.They have at least three stools each day and the stools lighten to a yellowy-mustard color by the fifth day after birth.
They’re gaining an ounce a day by the fifth day after birth until at least 3 months of age.They wet seven or eight cloth diapers a day, or five to six disposables. Disposable diapers are more absorbent, making it hard to tell when one is wet.
If you’re not sure, take one off and compare its weight to a dry disposable. A wet one should feel slightly heavier. (Note: Wet diapers alone are not enough to determine whether a baby is getting enough milk.
A dehydrated baby can still wet a diaper. Stools and weight gain are the best ways to tell how your babies are doing.)You can hear your babies swallowing while nursing (if the room is quiet).Your breasts feel softer after nursing.
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