Having twins is said to be double the joy. But along with the feeling of happiness, the new mother will have to face certain difficulties when it comes to the matter of taking care of her twins. One important concern will be the issue of feeding your twins, especially if you resort to breastfeeding.
Here are some tips which you can follow so as to avoid problems while you breastfeed your little ones.
Try to feed both the babies at the same time. This will save you a lot of time and will also prevent you from getting exhausted from continuous feeding sessions.
Feed your babies whenever they feel hungry. You needn’t worry about the milk supply as your body will naturally produce the required amount of milk for your babies, provided that you are following a healthy diet and lifestyle.
If you are breastfeeding twins, you will require an extra amount of 500 calories each day. To meet up with this demand you are encourage to take vitamin supplements along with a healthy and well balanced diet.
Try out different breast feeding positions and choose the one which is most comfortable for you as well as your baby. One recommended position of breast feeding twins is to hold one baby across your lap in a cradle position and to position the other baby along your side on a pillow.
In another position you can hold both the babies on your sides by positioning them on your arms.These positions will allow both the babies to feed simultaneously from different breasts.
During the next feeding session, switch the babies between the two breasts. This will allow stabilizing the milk production in both the breasts.
You should use nursing pillows whenever required. The pillows will help in the comfortable positioning of the baby and will support the baby throughout the whole process of breast feeding.
Do not position both the babies at the same time. Position the second baby only after the first one has latched onto your breasts properly.
If you have difficulties in feeding the twins at the same time, you can try to feed them one after the other. You can also pump out your breast milk and feed them to your babies later on.
Thus by following the above said tips, you will find the process of breast feeding your twins a very rewarding experience.