Breast-Feeding Multiple Infants - Topic Overview
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
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