Breastfeeding Twins Resource Guide
Breastfeeding twins is possible!!
Not only that, you can be successful exclusively breastfeeding twins.
It can be daunting, the thought of nursing two babies. How does tandem breastfeeding work? Are there multiple breastfeeding twins positions? What would a breastfeeding twins schedule look like?
If you are expecting twins and wanting to at least attempt breastfeeding, this is the guide for you.
And if you aren’t sure, check it out anyway. Look, I’m going to be real here. Breastfeeding doesn’t work for every mom. And breastfeeding for twins can add more challenges. But it is worth it to at least read up on the topic and try.
Breastfeeding Twins: What You Need To Know
When I was expecting my twins I knew I wanted to at least try to breastfeed. There are a lot of benefits to mother and baby.
And it is cheaper. Two babies bring about a lot of expenses, anyplace we could cut back would help.
I had a hard time finding solid tips on breastfeeding twins from real moms. Even the lactation consultants I spoke with little twin experience.
I was lucky, I had a great breastfeeding experience with my singleton. So I had some basic knowledge, and more importantly, the confidence to try to breastfeed twins.
Not everyone is in that same position, so I am sharing all my breastfeeding knowledge here. 15 months of exclusively breastfeeding twins, plus added information on pumping and supplementing from real twin moms who did it.
Getting Started Breastfeeding Twins
Add breastfeeding to your list of things to prepare for when getting ready for your twins.
True, you can’t really do a ton of hands-on work until your babies are here. But you can think through a lot and have some plans in place. Here are some things to think about before you get started and in the early days of breastfeeding your twins.
This is the first stop on the path to breastfeeding twins.
There are so many questions before your twins are even born!
How do I hold my twins to feed them? When do I switch breasts? How do I know if my babies are eating enough? Will my breast milk supply be enough to feed twins?
This is the breastfeeding
If you are like me, you will do all sorts of research. But even with that research the moment my twins were actually here there was the thought Now what?
(And even if you don’t do a lot of research that first time you actually have to feed your twins can be overwhelming.)
These are 11 tips for getting started with breastfeeding. How to find help, how to nurse in those first few days, and how to mentally prepare for feeding your twins. (This is what got me through the first few weeks!)
Breastfeeding Twin Gear
Breastfeeding doesn’t require much, that’s really a bonus of this feeding method. The big things you need are your breasts and the babies.
But there are a few extra things that will make nursing sessions easier. Learn what you need, what your babies will need, and what to plan as a backup plan if nursing doesn’t work.
Which twin nursing pillow is best for you?
The two big options are the Twin Z and the My Brest Friend Twin Nursing pillow. Search any twin group and you will see strong opinions about both.
So which do you get? Don’t worry, I’ve done the research for you.
Learn the pros and cons of the two main pillows on the market: The Twin Z and the My Brest Friend Twin breastfeeding pillows.
How To Nurse without Help
Tandem nursing saves a ton of time when it comes to breastfeeding twins. Twin moms need to multitask, and that includes when you are breastfeeding.
But how do you safely get two babies into the nursing position, feed them, then get them safely back down?
And how do you do this if you don’t have any help?
This is the detailed description of the logistics of nursing twins, how I nursed them without any help to get them into position. (Oh, and with a toddler at home.)
It’s a brave woman who puts her nipple into a teething baby’s mouth. And twin moms get to do it times two.
We faced the challenge of biting. There are several ways to handle biting twins. Protect your nipples and learn how to stop the biting.
Real Mom Thoughts and Feelings
There is more to breastfeeding than just the physical act of feeding babies. There are real feelings that come into play.
Breastfeeding twins can bring up a lot of emotions. These are some real truths of how I felt about breastfeeding my twins. (Spoiler: it’s super messy, but beautiful.)
Are you just a few weeks in and wondering how in the world you can keep breastfeeding your twins?
I hear you. There were many moments when I thought this was insane and I should just quit.
But I’m glad I didn’t.
For some reason, there is still a lot of debate about breast is best or fed is best.
Why are we still pressuring and shaming mothers for feeding their children in a manner they think is best? Here are some posts that dive further into the politics of breastfeeding.
I have breastfed a singleton and I have breastfed twins.
The attitudes, advice, and treatment I got during each experience were vastly different.
Why is that? Why do we pressure moms to breastfeed singletons but discourage them from nursing twins?
Read up on the discrepancies and see how they alone should end this whole nonsense.
Is breast best? Is it terrible to supplement if needed? Here is our experience in the hospital. A practical, supportive approach that should be available to all.
Pumping is an important part of breastfeeding. How do you pump effectively for twins? Can you exclusively pump for them?
My friend Caitlin from Twin Mom and More exclusively pumped for her twins. She has some great information.
You do need a few more things to pump for twins, more than just a breast pump itself.
Caitlin exclusively pumped for her twins and here is everything you need to be successful at pumping for your twins.
Along with pumping comes
Get tips and tricks to make bottle feeding work for you and your twins.
Learn how to be successful at exclusively pumping for your twins.
When Breastfeeding Doesn’t Work
The real truth is that sometimes breastfeeding doesn’t work. I would be doing a disservice if we didn’t recognize that.
Twins are more likely to be premature, making it harder for them to nurse. Having to produce enough milk for two babies can be challenging on the body. And the stresses of being the only food for two human beings can really get to you.
Whatever the reason, it’s okay. A mom’s worth isn’t in her breasts.
Here is a real mom’s experience hoping to breastfeed and it not working out. It is important to work through your feelings about this.
Here are some additional resources designed to help twin moms with breastfeeding.
La Leche League: Twins (lactation consultants)
Printable Tracking Sheets
Keeping track of how much your baby ate and when can be tough with one baby. With two I had to keep notes. So I put together a handy worksheet that I could fill out every day.
You can get these worksheets in my free printables section! To gain access to these worksheets and all the fun and easy learning activities you just need to sign up below. This also signs you up for the Team Cartwright mailing list, which you can, of course, unsubscribe from at any point.
Please let me know what other twin breastfeeding information you are looking for. I would love to help!
Breastfeeding twins isn’t easy, and it might not always work. But breastfeeding shouldn’t be ignored just because you are having twins. Many moms have breastfed their twins. Let’s support all moms in feeding their babies.