Feeding

Lesson 2 of 3:
“Breastfeeding/Skin-to-Skin”


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Here is a handout on feeding in general, giving various perspectives from other mothers of multiples, etc. especially with regards to bottle feeding.  (It also includes photos of various holds for bottle-feeding twins.)  Print it out and keep a copy in the bathroom over the coming weeks so you can page through it at your leisure!  A more breastfeeding-focused fact sheet from Multiple Births Canada is available here: “11 Tips for Breastfeeding Your Multiples“.

Pumping

If you are planning to Breastfeed, it is helpful to begin pumping as soon as the babies are born (within a few hours) to get your milk supply up.  You can use the hospital pump, and if you like it, you can rent one from there.

Literature and resources about pumping are also available from many lactation consultants.

Whereas some women find it painful, others find that pumping can be quite comfortable, and very important especially if you have a C-section, in order to get things flowing over the days following the birth.  If using a pump, please ensure that it is a hospital grade, dual electric pump.  If it is not, please don’t bother:  Pumping for twins, you want to be there “for a good time, not a long time”, lol!

Ericka, a mother of six-year-old twin boys, notes:  “It is CRUCIAL to pump every 2-3 hours AND to DRINK a LOT of fluids, particularly when babies are born prematurely and when a C section has taken place.”  (Mom needs 1-5 liters for herself, and same amount per baby per day more or less, regardless of form of birth).  This is an important point, especially for those wanting to breastfeed.   “Stefan and Andre were born 5 weeks early, and in my experience, had I not pumped like a crazy woman for days and days and drunk juices, shakes and whatnot, my milk would not have come and the supply would have not been generous enough for both babies. (I pumped for the first 4  days with no milk in sight until the fifth). Once the milk was flowing abundantly, I found I really didn’t have to use the pump that much.”  (Ericka ended up BF her twins for almost one year!)

Formula

If you do end up using formula, most major brands now carry four kinds:Untitled-1

1. Powdered Formula – most cost-effective, but also most labour-intensive to prepare

2. Liquid Concentrate – a little pricier, but easier to mix

3. Ready to Feed (RTF) – quite pricey, but so easy: just crack open the can, and pour out what you need.  Also great for travel, as you don’t have to heat it up if it is room temp.

4. Nursers – the most expensive and user friendly – just screw on a nipple and feed away!

You may be able to obtain samples at local baby shows and/or by writing to any major brand and registering for their multiple births program.

Hope this information is helpful.  During Section 4, we will talk about scheduling and how often and when to feed.  In the meantime, when you have finished absorbing the information in this lesson, please move on to lesson 3 in this section, “Feeding in Action“, to see some visuals of twins at the breast or bottle.

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