Breastfeeding multiple babies can seem a bit overwhelming, but remember this is what your body is meant to do.
It is important that you get some good information during your pregnancy, have a plan and surround yourself with supportive family and friends.
If you are anticipating multiples in the future here are a few things to consider
- Register for a breastfeeding prenatal class
- Attend a la leche league meeting before your babies are born, this is a good place to establish some early support and have questions answered
- Talk to someone who has breastfed multiples before. In Niagara, consider connecting with Parents of Multiple Births Association (POMBA)
- Consider renting a hospital grade pump for after delivery while you are learning how to breastfeed. Check with your insurance plan to see if there is any coverage for the rental.
- Start hand expressing early in hospital to establish a good milk supply. Research is showing that hand expressing within an hour of birth and frequently during the first few days has a huge impact on milk volume later on. Express a few drops whenever you get the chance. Before feedings, after feedings, in the shower…the more you express the more you will make. This is advice for a mom of a singleton, but is even more important when establishing a milk supply for two or more. These drops of colostrum can be stored in a syringe and fed by spoon or cup.
- If you are anticipating a caesarean section (or even if you are not) this video can be very helpful…and shows twins breastfeeding.
Many mothers of multiples have found the info at www.karengromada.com helpful
Download La Leche League handout: Breastfeeding Twins