Breastfeeding · Pregnancy

Breastfeeding multiples: Tips and positions to help you

Twin babies sitting together

It is possible to breastfeed two babies at one time. This will take time and patience to learn. Breastfeeding two babies at once can save time and has the added benefit of increasing the hormones that tell your body to make more breast milk. At first many parents with multiples find it easier to breastfeed one baby at a time. Once you are comfortable latching and feeding your babies individually, it is possible to learn to feed two babies at one time.

There are many different positions to try. These positions vary depending on your babies’ size, your breast size and shape and if you had a Caesarean birth.

Double Football Hold

This position works well if:

  • you are learning to breastfeed
  • you have small or premature babies
  • you have large breasts
  • you had a Caesarean birth

Combination Cradle/Football

This position works well if:

  • one or both babies have difficulty latching

Criss-Cross or Double Football Hold

This position works well if:

  • you are comfortable with breastfeeding
  • your babies are latching well
  • your babies are alert and awake

Parallel Hold

This position works well if:

  • one or both babies have difficulty latching

V-Hold (variation of the double-cradle hold)

This position works well for:

  • nighttime feedings

Tips for Breastfeeding Multiples

  • Try feeding two babies at one  time and individually to see which way works for you and your babies.
  • Sit comfortably. Experiment with different chairs, sofas, and feeding positions. Initially, pillows may be helpful to support your babies; find what works best for you.
  • At the next breastfeeding offer the opposite breast to each baby.
  • Your babies will let you know when they are hungry

Signs that your babies are hungry and need to breastfeed:

  • make sucking or soft sounds
  • put their hands in their mouth
  • are making more body movements
  • make sucking or licking movements with their mouths
  • Breastfeed your babies when they are calm and before they are too hungry and crying.
  • Keep track of each baby’s feeding, wet diapers, bowel movements and weight gain.

For breastfeeding support, please visit a breastfeeding clinic/support group near you or call (416) 338-7600 to chat with a nurse.

 

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