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how to breastfeed twins?

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    JayJay is offline Registered User
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    My wife and I are expecting twin boys in Feb. She's decided to breast feed which I think is great. But both of us know that it's unrealistic to expect her to be constantly burdened with the responsibility for feeding both babies.
    So, we got a pump. Most likely, our boys will be bottle-fed with breastmilk. If it doesn't work out, we'll fall back on formula...not a big deal.

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    LLL_Sarah is offline Registered User
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    Two important facts which affect your ability to breastfeed are:

    How premature your twins are. All premature babies have a difficult start with breastfeeding. But if your babies are full-term or near full-term then everything, including the breastfeeding, is easier.

    There is not much you can do about babies coming prematurely. But mothers with good nutrition are more likely to have full-term babies than mothers with poor nutrition – so look after yourself and eat as healthily as you can.

    The second thing is to learn as much about breastfeeding as you can before your babies arrives. The reasons that mothers of twins stop breastfeeding are the same as the reasons for mothers of single babies. Having said that feeding twins is harder than feeding a single baby but only marginally, especially if they are near full-term.

    There is a great book about breastfeeding multiplies called, Mothering Multiples: Breastfeeding and Caring for Twins or More by Karen Kerkhoff Gromada,

    Best wishes,
    La Leche League Leader

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    penelope is offline Registered User
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    I just noticed that we didnt actually answer your question... Sorry
    That s what you need:

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    As a Maternity and Breastfeeding Consultant I have been lucky enough to teach over 25 twins mothers to simultaneously breastfeed their babies in the house and out and about. It is very possible to do and just takes patience and dedication at the beginning. The most important part is to have a lot of support from family, friends and help within the home. As has been said, each persons experience with breastfeeding is different and it is best to try and probably be successful than not to try and regret it!

    If i can be of help in the future please do not hesitate to let me know and can I wish you all the best with such an exciting event!

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    dimsum mum is offline Registered User
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    i would contact the hong kong mums of multiples group. they are very active and supportive. many of them have breastfed their twins/triplets and will be able to give you advice and tips on products.

    congratulations and good luck on whatever your decision is.

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