Breastfeeding Multiples

Expecting twins, triplets or more? You can still breastfeed! Although many people assume that a mother’s milk supply can’t keep up with the demand, many moms of multiples are able to have wonderful and fulfilling breastfeeding relationships with all of their children.

Talk with your prenatal healthcare provider about this and keep the following in mind:

  • During pregnancy, meet with a lactation consultant (IBCLC) to discuss the best ways to get breastfeeding off to a good start. These professionals may have some useful tips for your first days feeding the babies and can continue to help you throughout your breastfeeding relationship.

  • Even if your babies need to stay temporarily in the NICU, breastfeeding is possible. Be sure to feed at the breast whenever you can (if it is medically possible for your babies) and keep up with your pumping schedule. Having your child in the NICU is stressful, so don’t forget to take care of you:  Eat, drink and rest to help build your milk supply. 
     
  • Seek out extra support as a breastfeeding mom of more than one baby. There are Facebook groups, forums and even local in-person meetings of moms with multiples, including groups specifically devoted to breastfeeding. 
     
  • Don’t be afraid to use tools to help you. A breast pump, bottles, breastfeeding pillow and other tools may be the keys to making breastfeeding work for you and your children.

This message is not intended to provide individual medical advice. Always seek the advice of a physician or qualified healthcare provider for any questions you have about your health or medical condition, your breastfeeding issues and your infant's health. Never disregard, avoid or delay contacting a doctor or other qualified professional because of something you have read in our emails, webpages or other electronic communications.

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