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    Breastfeeding multiples?

    Ok, I need some advice, experience, funny quips, anything....I feel like a dairy cow just thinking about it
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    Check out The Breastfeeding Book by Dr. Sears

    I will also see if I can get some more resources from TBW
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    Your babies will have distinct feeding personalities. One is probably bigger than the other, and one may want to nurse more often than the other. As the babies become more adept at latching on it will be easier to nurse them at the same time, at least for some feedings. (Feeding on both breasts at the same time will really boost your prolactin levels.) At times, you may want to encourage the less-demanding baby, or the one who is not very hungry yet, to nurse at the same time as his sibling, especially at night so that you can get some rest. There will be other times when you want to give each baby individual attention at the breast.

    Mothers of twins need lots of pillows for everyone to be comfortable. A special nursing pillow that fits around your lap is a big help when there are two babies and you have only two hands. A nursing stool, or something else under your feet, will help raise your lap to better contain the babies. Try these positions:

    * Double clutch hold. Position the babies on pillows along each side or on a nursing cushion on your lap. Their heads go at the breast, their bodies extend along your sides, under your arms. Hold each baby in close to you with enough pressure against the nape of the neck from your hands. This helps them stay latched on. Use pillows behind your back and be sure to bring the babies up to the breast rather than to hunch your shoulders forward.
    * Double cradle hold. Each baby lies in the crook of your elbow on their sides so they are facing toward the breast. Their bodies criss-cross in your lap. Use pillows under your elbows for support.
    * Cradle and clutch hold. Nurse one baby in cradle hold and the other in clutch hold. The head of the baby in clutch hold lines up with the feet of the baby in cradle hold.
    * Lying down. Lying on your back, put two pillows under your head and shoulders. Cradle a baby in each arm, with their bodies on top of yours, their knees meeting in the center. You will need pillows at your sides to support your arms.

    Mothers of twins soon figure out a favorite position and a favorite place for simultaneous feedings. This might be a big easy chair, or a big recliner with wide armrests, or it might be a corner of the couch, where an older sibling can sit by mom and read a story while the babies nurse.

    While the typical cue-(or demand-) feeding approach could be too tiring for mothers of twins, the babies may not thrive on a rigid schedule. Somewhere in between is a feeding routine that will work for your family, one that meets the needs of the babies and lets the parents get enough rest. Bringing babies into bed with you may be the only way to get enough sleep.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Loretta View Post
    Ok, I need some advice, experience, funny quips, anything....I feel like a dairy cow just thinking about it
    I found a link for you:

    Ask anyone who's done it: Breastfeeding twins or higher multiples requires more work and more dedication than breastfeeding a single baby. And the responsibility of feeding more than one can be overwhelming. You may worry that you won't produce enough milk to nourish more than one baby. Or you may be afraid that nursing twins will take too much time, and you'll never get a break. (After all, your newborns may be hungry every half-hour during the first few weeks.)

    Once you start, you may feel that your life consists of nothing but feedings and exhaustion. Common problems such as sore or cracked nipples , engorgement, and low milk supply, and worrying about whether your babies are getting enough to eat may seem like too much to cope with when you have two or more hungry mouths to feed. Yet if you plan ahead for nursing and get support from your baby's doctor, lactation specialist, and family and friends once your babies are born, you can successfully breastfeed. How to deal with common challenges

    Knowing the answers to some common questions about breastfeeding multiples ahead of time may help ease your anxiety and prepare you for the job ahead. And because many twins and multiples are born prematurely, you may want to read up on breastfeeding and premature babies. Here's a look at some common concerns:

    Does breastfeeding take more time than bottle feeding?
    It takes the same amount of time to simultaneously bottle-feed your babies as it does to breastfeed them at the same time. Yet bottle-feeding also requires additional time for washing and sterilizing bottles and preparing and warming formula. According to calculations from La Leche League International, breastfeeding during the first year saves a mother of twins about 300 hours and more than $1,200.

    Should I follow a rigid or flexible nursing schedule?
    A flexible schedule is best, and feeding your babies at the same time is the most economical use of your precious time. However, babies are individuals, so one twin may want to nurse every three hours, and the other, every two hours. Some mothers find that letting the hungrier baby dictate the time of the next feed for both works best. Some mothers nurse on demand during the day and follow a schedule at night.

    How can I hold two babies to nurse at the same time?
    Use rolled-up towels or a nursing pillow to support your babies. You can buy nursing pillows designed specifically for nursing twins (some nursing moms recommend the EZ-2-Nurse Twins pillow or the NurseMate pillow because they have large, firm surfaces that will support two babies at once, freeing your hands to reposition or burp each baby).

    With the help of a pillow, you can vary your nursing positions. For example, you can rotate from the cradle hold (across your chest) to the football hold (along your side), or you can use a combination of the two. It's a good idea to alternate breasts with every feeding, especially if one twin is a stronger feeder. If it's hard to keep track of who was on each breast last, try alternating breasts every 24 hours instead of after each feed. Switching back and forth regularly helps produce equal amounts of milk in both breasts and lessens the chance of blocked milk ducts. Alternating breasts also helps your babies' eyes get equal exercise and stimulation.

    If you have preemies, and one has to stay in the hospital longer than the other, you can simultaneously breastfeed on one side and pump on the other to keep up your milk supply. (Read more about breastfeeding premature babies.)

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    I know you can do it! Check out as well. Look in the breastfeeding forum and also I do believe there is multiplies section as well.
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    I only lasted a month, hopefully you can find better resources (and have a better support system) than I had! It's definitely doable, it's just requires a lot of patience.
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    OMG how did I miss you are having TWINS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    The above posts have everything I would suggest along with finding a REALLY good LLL (or other bfing support group) and maybe start going and meeting ladies NOW so that the support is already there for you even before giving birth.
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    my mom used to sit on the bed with a pillow either side of her and she would lay my brother one on each pillow with their feet at her back and feed both at the same time. Otherwise she would feed one one boob and then pump the other boob for the other one and then switch them for the next feed.

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    A girl in our nursing group did it till her girls were 1. We always loved her coming in our nursing group...she would do a football hold for them. In fact I ran into them the other day and they are 17months now and doing awsome.
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    No personal experience with it but my aunt had three boys under the age of five (none of them were twins but they were all insanely close in age), then she had a set of twin girls. So, she ended up with five kiddos under the age of 6 or 7, two of them being the youngest twins, and she managed to breastfeed ALL of them until they were about 2 years old, including the twins. The funny thing is, I never really heard her complain about it, so it must have not been too bad. She did have to quit her job as a nurse b/c she mentioned many times that she pretty much spent her entire life breastfeeding for the first year, they even had to hire a nanny to help b/c she constantly had one or the other attached to the boob, but it worked out okay and she made it well past a year with them both! I'd suggest finding a really good support group though, I'm sure you'll need the extra support.
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