Most mothers can produce enough milk to breastfeed two or more babies. If you have twins or triplets, breastfeeding becomes more physically and emotionally challenging. But with support and guidance, you can be successful.
Breastfeeding fosters the bond between you and each baby. Since multiples often are born prematurely, the protective factors (antibodies) in breast milk are especially important for them.
Get assistance from a health professional, a breastfeeding specialist (lactation consultant), or another person with expertise in breastfeeding multiple-birth babies. Special techniques often are recommended for multiples. These may include:
Feeding the babies one at a time until they learn to latch on to the breast.
Feeding two infants at the same time after you are comfortable feeding one at a time. The cradle hold or the football hold often are advised. (You may also choose to feed the infants one at a time.)
Pumping breast milk after your milk supply is established so that others can help you feed the babies. You may want to wait about a month until breastfeeding is going well before offering a bottle.
Author: Healthwise Staff Medical Review: Sarah Marshall MD - Family Medicine Thomas M. Bailey MD - Family Medicine Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine William Gilbert MD - Maternal and Fetal Medicine Kirtly Jones MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology
Medical Review:Sarah Marshall MD - Family Medicine & Thomas M. Bailey MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine & Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & William Gilbert MD - Maternal and Fetal Medicine & Kirtly Jones MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology