How to Feed Twins Breast Milk

How to Feed Twins Breast Milk
You can either breastfeed them or feed them with the help of bottles.

Double Football hold: If you have watched American football (not the English kind, the one that they call soccer in the United States) or rugby, you might have noticed how players hold the ball - against the side of their body. You can also do the same with one of your twins, holding him/her at a 90° angle against your right side with your right hand if you are feeding him/her from your right breast, or against your left side if you are feeding him/her from your left breast, holding him/her with your left hand. The advantage of this method is that one of your hands is now free after you have used that hand to position your nipple into the baby's mouth. Now you can use it to maneuver its twin to your other breast.

With experience, you should be able to do this correctly. You might even be able to notice which twin latches on correctly and which doesn't. If they both do so correctly, there shouldn't be any problem, but otherwise, it is recommended that you first maneuver into position the baby which has difficulty getting it right. If both don't, alternate between them as to who gets the nipple first - the baby who gets the nipple second is at a disadvantage, but this is also an opportunity for it to learn how to suckle correctly. By giving both of them this chance, they pick it up at more or less the same pace.

You have two hands, so it shouldn't be too hard to feed them both at the same time with baby bottles, one in each hand.
You need to bottle-feed your babies with breast milk. A breast pump can help you extract milk from your mammary glands while being in the privacy of your home, and you can use this to feed your children later, with the aid of feeding bottles. Are breast pumps expensive? The automated ones tend to cost more than the manually-operated ones, but this really shouldn't be of any concern - they can now be purchased through insurance.

While Formula is a sufficient choice, breast milk is better because it is rich in antibodies that can protect your babies against a host of diseases, such as diarrhea, allergies, urinary tract infections, gastrointestinal problems, asthma, etc. The last one extends throughout their entire lifetime. The benefits extend to you as well - you are protected from breast cancer, diabetes, ovarian cancer and post-menopausal osteoporosis. Lactating also helps you lose weight. At the rate of burning 500 calories a day, you should get rid of the say, 25 pounds in roughly 25 weeks or about six months - one pound of body weight amounts to around 3,500 calories, according to the CDC or Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, so losing 500 calories a day means 3,500 calories or one pound in seven days or a week.

Article Reviewed By Crystal Ibetoh MD, MBA reviews each article and ensures the accuracy of the health information. Dr. Ibetoh has strong medical interests in women's health and preventative medicine. She is also a mother of three and uses her medical expertise in addition to personal experience to provide advice about breastfeeding.

*The information provided on this site is intended for your general knowledge only and is not a substitute for professional medical advice or treatment. Please consult your healthcare provider with any questions or concerns you may have regarding breastfeeding.*

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