Breastfeeding twins

Posted on: November 23rd, 2015 by JayHawkPharmacyBlogger

You’ve gone to the doctor and received the news: not only are you pregnant, but you’re pregnant with more than one child! Having a multiple birth can bring with it many joys, but it can also pose a few challenges! For today’s blog, we’re going to focus on one challenge in particular: breastfeeding. Here are some things to keep in mind if you are nursing two:

  • Latching

Twins don’t necessarily learn latching at the same time, and it’s important to be patient. They’re going to have their own unique way of getting there, so what works for one won’t work for the other. However it is important that at least one baby is comfortable with latching before you try to nurse them both at the same time.

  • Football hold

When you do get to the point where you can hold both babies at the same time, cradle them in a double-football hold. In this position, you want the babies’ legs to face the back of your chair, and you want to support their backs with your forearm. Use the inside of your elbow to secure the babies’ bottoms, and hold their heads at nipple level.

  • Switch it up

Your babies will have different feeding styles, so because of that, they will both stimulate the breasts differently. Don’t always have the same one feeding from the same breast—switch them up with each feeding.

  • Take care of problems faster

If you run into issues such as sore nipples or thrush, make sure you get help as soon as you can! With more than one baby feeding, these problems can get worse in a hurry.

  • Be easy on yourself

This is a difficult process, so don’t be hard on yourself! Seek help from lactation experts if you get overwhelmed.

Here at Jayhawk Pharmacy, we’re all about helping mothers and little ones establish a breastfeeding relationship. That’s why we carry a number of maternity products in our online catalog.

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