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If you're planning to breastfeed your twins, remember it is just like learning any other new skill. And you get better with practice. Here's how to prepare.

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  • Talk to your OB and pediatrician about breastfeeding.
  • Read a few books, such as the New Mother's Guide to Breastfeeding, issued by the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Don't Go It Alone

  • See if your hospital has a lactation consultant to help new moms learn about breastfeeding. Many hospitals offer this service for free.
  • If not, consider hiring a certified lactation consultant yourself. For more information, contact the International Lactation Consultant Association.  
  • Keep handy your lactation coach's and pediatrician's phone numbers.
  • Seek out support from other moms. There may be a local "mothers of multiples" groups in your area that can offer you tips on how to breastfeed twins successfully.

 

Prepare Yourself Mentally

  • Practice relaxation techniques, such as deep breathing.
  • Be prepared for some breastfeeding challenges. It may take patience to figure out how to get your hungry babies to latch onto your breasts.

Make It a Family Decision

  • Talk to your partner about breastfeeding.
  • Plan how to make your mate feel involved in feeding.
  • Consider purchasing or renting a breast pump if needed. It is often covered by insurance. Local pharmacies sometimes have rentals or sturdier hospital grade breast pumps if need be.

 

Plan the Details

  • Talk with your doctor about how you should eat when breastfeeding. Ask how to know if your babies have any intolerance to certain foods you eat.
  • Ask your doctor about birth control while breastfeeding.
  • Talk to other moms who breastfeed or have breastfed. Ask them how they fit pumping into their work schedule and how they coped with sore nipples.

Get Set to Go

  • Set up a quiet corner or room for breastfeeding.
  • Many women find the u-shaped pillows particularly helpful for nursing.
  • Some women find it helps to have their feet raised on a footstool.
  • Have your nursing bras washed and ready, if you haven't already started wearing them.
  • Line up several button down shirts or dresses to make nursing easier.

WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson, MD, FACOG on July 05, 2014

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