Most mothers can produce enough milk to
breast-feed two or more babies. If you have twins or
triplets, breast-feeding becomes more physically and emotionally challenging.
But with support and guidance, you can be successful.
Breast-feeding fosters the bond between you and each baby. Since
multiples often are born prematurely, the protective factors (antibodies) in breast milk are especially important
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Get assistance from a health professional, a
breast-feeding specialist (lactation specialist), or another person with
expertise in breast-feeding multiple-birth babies. Special techniques often are
recommended for multiples. These may include:
Feeding the babies one at a time until they learn
to latch on to the breast.
Feeding two infants at the same time
after you are comfortable feeding one at a time. The
cradle hold or the
football hold often are advised. (You may also choose to feed the infants one at
Pumping breast milk after your milk supply is established
so that others can help you feed the babies.
Using formula to supplement breast
Primary Medical Reviewer
Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer
William Gilbert, MD - Maternal and Fetal Medicine
July 8, 2011
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July 08, 2011
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