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How To Feed Your Twins: Breast vs Bottle

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Feeding Newborn Twins

The logistics of feeding two babies at the same time, whether by breast or bottle, is not easy. The ideal is to feed both babies together as this will cut down the length of time you are sat feeding them.

It can take time to synchronise your babies feeding times. If one baby wakes for a feed, gently rouse the other. Your second baby may not feed as much but they’ll get the idea soon enough.

Breastfeeding Twins

It can be difficult to find a comfortable position to breastfeed both of your babies at the same time. There are several positions to try and you may need to try them all before you find one that is comfortable for you and your babies. You may also need to change positions as your babies get bigger. Make sure you have a large glass of water within easy reach before you sit down to feed as breast feeding is thirsty work.

If your babies were born prematurely then they may have difficulty latching on at first. Make use of the midwifery team whilst you are still in hospital and ask a midwife to stay by your side whilst you breastfeed your babies. It will be useful to have an extra pair of hands if one baby needs to be repositioned on your nipple whilst the other is feeding happily.

Bottle Feeding Twins

When it comes to finding the right position and synchronising feeds, bottle feeding can be equally as complicated as breast feeding.

One of the easiest positions for bottle feeding is to place your babies side by side in feeding chairs and sit in front of them armed with a bottle in each hand. This can make it hard to feel close to them, so you may choose to position your both of your babies close to you, although keeping the bottles in the correct position can be a challenge here.

Using different coloured caps or waterproof labels on the bottles will help you to keep track of which baby had what; this is especially useful if a feed gets interrupted.

Dr Carol Cooper, GP

Author of Twins and Multiple Births

All information used in this article was sourced from:

Cooper, C., 2004. Twins and Multiple Births. 2nd ed. Chatham: Vermilion

10688 Revised November 2012

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