How to breastfeed twin babies?
Feeding takes up a lot of time for nursing moms in the first few months of their babies lives. If feeding one baby is too much for you, imagine breastfeeding twins! Of course, it is possible to breastfeed twins. It’s just that nursing moms would have to create a routine that suits the mother and the twin babies. While some mothers prefer to feed one baby after the other, others like to feed two at the same time. As nursing moms, a lot of questions also pop up like how to breastfeed twins, what your diet should look like while breastfeeding twins, or which breastfeeding positions are ideal. Turns out that many nursing moms want to know whether they will be able to produce enough milk for the twins.
As a new mom, it’s important not to be put off breastfeeding just because you are having twins or more babies. Breastfeeding not only helps you build a strong bond with your babies, but is a great way to soothe the little ones, according to NHS. It’s possible to breastfeed twins or more babies. In fact, lots of twins are breastfed until they grow slightly big and start eating solid foods.
To know more about it, Health Shots reached out to Dr Rijaphin R, Senior consultant obstetrics and gynaecology, Cloudnine Group of Hospitals, Old Mahaballipuram road, Chennai.
Are you producing enough milk to breastfeed twins?
Nursing moms have a lot of questions when it comes to breastfeeding babies. “The most common question about nursing twin babies is whether the mom will be able to produce enough milk to feed both the babies. The answer is as long as you nurse the babies frequently, and on demand your body will make enough milk for your babies,” said Rijaphin. The law of supply and demand works in this case. For instance, the more your babies take the milk, the more milk you will be able to produce.
Breastfeeding twins at the same time is simple
It might be a challenge to breastfeed twins in the initial period as you and your babies are learning how to latch and position them. So, at first it might be easier to nurse the babies one at a time. But as time goes by, most mothers nurse at the same time, noted the expert. There are varying storage capacities, sucking patterns and sucking strengths, so she advised nursing moms to alternate breasts between their babies.
Eat low fat dairy foods while breastfeeding twins
You might think that eating more dairy foods can probably help to produce more milk, but that’s not the case. Rijaphin said that your diet should have low fat dairy foods and more foods high in protein.
Position you can try while breastfeeding twins
Wondering if you are positioning your babies in the right way while breastfeeding twins or is there a specific style? Let’s find out.
Double football position is perfect for simultaneous breastfeeding. The baby’s head is supported in each of the mother’s hands with the child’s body lying under each of the arms, suggests the expert.
She noted that at first, many moms struggle at nursing twins, so don’t be afraid to approach your obstetrician, paediatrician or lactation consultant who have experience with multiple babies and can offer support.