Having twins is a challenge, especially in the first few weeks after birth. Twins are often born early and take longer to learn how to breast-feed. Your babies may have special needs that will delay the start of breast-feeding. For example, they may have breathing problems.
Your breasts can usually make as much milk as your babies need. The more milk your twins need, the more milk your breasts will make. Here are some tips for breast-feeding twins:
Try different positions to find what suits you and your babies best. Your healthcare provider can give you ideas of positions that might work best for you. Use pillows to support you and the babies. You can buy special pillows designed for breast-feeding twins.
Soreness of the nipples has more to do with how your babies latch onto your breast than how often or long you feed. Make sure you know how to help your babies latch on and off your breast gently and easily. Do not let your babies take only the tip of your nipple. Make sure they get enough of the lower part of the areola in their mouths. This helps each baby get a good, deep latch.
If you have questions or worries about breast-feeding your twins, call your healthcare provider or lactation consultant.