Breastfeeding Twins Resource Guide
Breastfeeding twins is possible!! When I was expecting Ali and Sammy 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. Fortunately, I had a great breastfeeding experience with Ben, so I had enough basic knowledge of breastfeeding in general. But when it came time to find help on the ins and outs of nursing twins it was really hard to find information. In fact, a lot of people were surprised I even wanted to try. But breastfeeding twins is possible.
I am happy to say I exclusively breastfed my twins for 15 months. There were challenges of course. And there was a lot I had to figure out on my own about feeding twins. But we did it. Now I am passionate about sharing what I learned with other twin moms. Here is a collection of twin breastfeeding information to help out.
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.
Here are the answers to all the questions I had when I thought about breastfeeding twins and the questions I see most commonly asked now from other twin moms. 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 twins FAQ guide.
This will give you 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.
Breastfeeding Twin Gear
Breastfeeding doesn’t require much. 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? 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. 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.
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.
It amazing to look back at a journey and see all that you have accomplished. This was written at the one year point of breastfeeding my twins. My thoughts, what I learned, and how I felt about that year.
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?
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.
Here is everything you need to be successful at pumping for 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. 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.