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Bottle feeding twins at the same time.

How old were your twins before you could easily bottle feed them at the same time? I have 13 week old twins, 4 weeks adjusted, that really struggle when I try to feed them at the same time. It's very stressful. I would like to feed them at the same time more often to hopefully get a little more of a break in between feeds but we aren't very good at it.

Re: Bottle feeding twins at the same time.

  • They were bottle fed at the same time right away. I never held them at the same time as feeding though. I sat cross legged on the floor with a regular pillow right in front of me, layed them all snuggled next to one another and held bottles.

    I was never all that great at having one on each side of me while feeding because I couldn't see them both so after a while I'd notice I was feeding ones nose or cheek or something lol
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  • My twins were 36 weekers and DD was little (DS was 1lb 9oz bigger at birth), so we fed them individually for the first 2-3 months. When they got big enough, we put them in bouncers that helped sit them up high and then  I would sit on a little ottoman in front of them and hold the bottles.
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  • when they were tiny I'd stick them in a boppy together and hold the 2 oz bottles with one hand.

    when they got bigger I had the my breast friend twin pillow thinking I would tandem nurse, that didn't work but I would lay them each on either side in a sort of modified football hold. My arms would be outside of them with my hands at their faces holding the bottle. That worked perfectly for me. 

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  • I had 36 weekers and was practicing tandem bottle feeds by 3 weeks. By 6 weeks, that's how they got all daytime bottles. I used NB Boppy loungers since my boys were very tiny. It takes a lot of practice, but we found a system that worked for us. There were some YouTube videos that provided some practical tips. It might be a good idea to check those out.

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  • image KDR1979:
    My twins were 36 weekers and DD was little (DS was 1lb 9oz bigger at birth), so we fed them individually for the first 2-3 months. When they got big enough, we put them in bouncers that helped sit them up high and then  I would sit on a little ottoman in front of them and hold the bottles.

    We were the same way. I COULD feed them all propped up on pillows if I had to, but with reflux issues we tried to feed them individually if possible. Once they were big enough for the bouncy seats it all changed. I could easily feed them simultaneously by sitting in between them (we still do it this way). 

  • This only works if they don't have reflux. we put them on the floor next to each other. their heads are closest to me and i hold bottles. when they were smaller, i could fit them both in the boppy on my lap and sit in a chair.

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  • i fed them at the same time in their Rock N Plays an awful lot at first. One was always better than the other with a propped bottle (judge me, go ahead--i never left them alone with it) while i held the other. At about 5.5 mos they started holding their bottles and now they sit in their boppies (i still sit with them on the floor) and hold their bottles themselves
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    At that age I put my better eater in RNP next to the arm of the couch. Then I sat on the couch and held my poor eater in the crook of my arm closest to the RNP. She was sort of cradled/propped on my leg and between the arm of the couch and my chest/arm. I used the arm under my poor feeder to hold the bottle for her brother in the RNP and my free hand to hold her bottle. If I needed to burp the RNP baby, I'd just set the other in a boppy next to me on the couch. It definitely helped that my son downs a bottle like its his job and doesn't screw around.
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