Top 7 Breastfeeding Tips from Have Twins First (or second or third):
- Accept as much help as you can get around the house (caring for older children, cooking, cleaning, etc). This will allow you to concentrate on nursing/pumping.
- Take advantage of help from a lactation consultant.
- Make sure you understand what a good latch is.
- Expect engorged breasts about 1 week after the start of nursing. The engorgement will be painful, but hang in there, it will subside over the next few days.
Exclusive Pumping – twin moms tend to experience this more often with their babies being born early:
- Pump as often as you can from the start to increase supply.
- Decide if you will wake up at night to pump. This is a big decision, especially for twin moms because sleep is particularly hard to come by. Personally, I was exclusively pumping and decided not to wake up at night. With the twins, I was able to pump six times per day. During this time, I was by myself during the day after the first month.
- Invest in a good breast pump and a good hands free pumping bra.
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