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Breastfeeding with TWINS?!?!

Are there any mothers here who have twins and have breastfeed? Or are any of you having twins now and are considering breastfeeding? I am worried with twins it may be to overwhelming.

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  • I know two people who have. One had to supplement here and there. Bf'ing one is a challenge so I'm sure two would be even more so but I think it's totally doable! Because one of my breasts didn't produce milk, I breast fed my son exclusively on one breast. Not the same but I can attest that one boob can provide enough milk for one baby :)

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  • It's totally possible to tandem nurse! Your body will adjust to suit their needs :) the breastfeeding board here is a great resource and may answer any in depth questions.
  • There's a great mama I followed years ago who breasfed triplets! She has some great resources and posts from when she did it years ago.
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  • The multiples board might be a good resource too. I know some one who EBF one twin and EP for the other. They made it past a year.
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  • I breastfed my girls for a little over 4 months. Tandem nursing was really difficult because my girls never liked to touch eachother while nursing so it just made the process really time consuming so I went to EP'ing which resulted in a massive oversupply that I couldn't get under control (I'm talking like pumping 12-17oz every 2 hours) so ultimately I decided to stop but it IS possible!
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    I plan to try and hope it works out. I breastfed my son, but he was only one baby.
    My hospital has a class on breastfeeding multiples that I'm taking in November. Maybe you can find a class too?

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  • I have no experience with twins, but I actually saw a lactation consultant while nursing my son.  I had to supplement with formula because he just ate so damn much lol, and the one thing I remember her saying is that even if you have to supplement, any breast milk is better then none.  I would think it's common with twins.  Good luck to you!
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  • @MamaFroFro can I ask, were your boobs lopsided when you did that? I produce significantly more milk on the left side, and have thought about forgetting the right side all together (this was later on, like 9 months in or so, not with a newborn) but I was worried my chest would look super uneven. My boobs are tiny when not PG or BF.
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    @MississippiCatfish Yes they were extremely lopsided! No striped shirts for me and I looked pretty funny in a bathing suit. This time round, if I have to do that again, I will invest in a nice padded insert so it's not so obvious. I gave up on my one breast after about 3 months so I dealt with the lopsided issue until my son weaned at 14 months but even before I gave up on the one side they were off just not as much.

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  • No advice, but I'm planning to at least try to nurse my twins. I bf my son for 6 months until we determined that he was lactose intolerant and he went to a hypoallergenic formula. He was a very inefficient nurser, and it took 40+ mins to feed him each time. I'm hoping it will be better the second time around, but we'll see.
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  • I exclusively breastfed my twins for 18 months! It's very doable if you find your rhythm and stick to it. It's tough in the beginning but it gets easier. I didn't tandem a whole lot, especially in the beginning because unless you have help getting the babies to you and latched, you can't do it very well before they can latch on themselves. I started tandem feeding around 1 or 2 months but I only did occasionally before we left somewhere to save time and before bed. I much preferred solo feeding. It all depends on how your babies nurse too. Mine were really fast eaters so it wasn't like I was nursing each baby for an hour each. 15 mins was all they really needed. If you need more advice or have questions, feel free to message me!!
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