Does breastfeeding take more time than bottle feeding?
If you are going to give birth to twins, you may seriously be considering bottle-feeding.
However, breastfeeding twins is not as hard as it may seem.
Moms of twins often engage in tandem breastfeeding, during which they feed both twins at once (one on each breast).
Contrary to popular belief, you will not run out of breast milk if you are breastfeeding twins. The more milk your twins drink, the more milk your breasts will produce in return, leaving lots leftover. Breastfeeding twins can be tiring, though, so try to get them on the same schedule if you can, and sleep whenever they are sleeping.
You can choose any position you wish to nurse in, whether that be a seated or laying down position. It should be one that gives you the best feeding position for your baby and their needs.
This may vary with the baby’s age, your comfort level and even the time of day. Many people use the cradle hold, with mom seated upright, holding baby like a cradle. This allows you to hold the baby with one hand and use the other to support or move your breast.
No matter what position you decide on, get some support! A nursing pillow or using couch or bed pillows to help you hold baby up will save strain on your neck and back. Ask for help from others moms if you’re just learning.
When mothers begin to breastfeed their child, they often feel that their milk supply is low when it is not.
This happens when you don’t feel the fullness in your breasts or milk stops leaking from your nipples. Milk supply may reduce temporarily if you are not feeding your baby often enough due to reasons like nipple pain, lethargy or a poor latch-on technique. An illness or birth control pills that contain estrogen also affects milk production. A hormonal disorder or breast surgery may also reduce the milk supply.
To maintain your milk supply, Drink lot of fluids. Water, juice and milk keeps you hydrated and promotes milk production in breasts. Limit soda, coffee and other caffeinated drinks as too much caffeine may lead to irritability or interfere with your baby’s sleep.