Tips On Breastfeeding Twins

I admit twins are soooo adorable, yes, that they are. They are a awesome lot too, though. I met a woman with twins inside the bus once and I pitied her. Taiye was sucking the left breast and Kenny wanted to suck that same left breast, their mother tried cajoling Kenny to take the right breast while Taiwo is sucking the left but he wouldn’t compromise. He started crying and screaming while using his leg to push Taiye off the said breast. I wanted to laugh at the sight, like seriously! Must they suck from the same breast?

The truth is breastfeeding is work, although a rewarding one, breastfeeding twins requires even more work and dedication. And once your babies start breastfeeding, you might be afraid you’d become exhausted and you might have low milk supply. Preparing ahead for nursing and get support from your baby’s doctor, family and friends once your babies are born can help you successfully breastfeed.
Does breastfeeding take more time than bottle feeding?

Feeding your baby at the same time will make the feeding time fast, but if you are planning on bottle feeding them, it takes the same amount of time to simultaneously bottle-feed your babies as breastfeeding. Meanwhile, you will still have to wash and sterilize bottles, prepare and warm formula if you choose to bottlefeed. In other words, breastfeeding saves more time than bottle feeding.
How can nurse two babies at the same time?

  • To feed your babies at the same time, use a nursing pillow or roll up towels to support your babies, you can also buy nursing pillows designed specifically for nursing twins.
  •  Using a pillow, you can change your nursing positions, it’s helpful to change breasts for them from time to time, say if Taiwo feeds on the left breast today, let Kehinde feed on it tomorrow. Switching back and forth regularly helps produce equal amounts of milk in both breasts and reduces the chance of blocked milk ducts. Besides, switching breasts will also help your babies’ eyes get exercise and stimulation.
  • In a situation whereby one has to stay in the hospital, while breastfeeding on one side, pump on the other to keep up your breast milk supply.

Can I produce enough milk to nourish more the twoof them?

If you breastfeed your babies often, your body will definitely produce (supply) according to how much your babies suck. Low milk supply can be corrected by nursing often, and if your babies are drinking enough to empty your breast, you’ll need to pump.

How do I know if my babies are getting enough to eat?

Check how much weight your babies are gaining to know if they are getting enough breast milk. Newborns normally lose between 5 and 9% of their birth weight before regaining it by the time they’re 2 weeks old. By the 5th day after they are born, they should start gaining at least an ounce a day. If you are concerned, get your baby’s weight checked.

Here are other signs that your babies are getting enough breastmilk;

  • Your babies eat at least every two to three hours or at least eight times a day
  • They have at least three stools each day and the stools lighten to a yellowy-mustard color by the fifth day after birth.
  • They’re gaining an ounce a day by the fifth day after birth until at least 3 months of age.
  • They wet seven or eight cloth diapers a day, or five to six disposables. Stools and weight gain are the best ways to tell how your babies are doing.
  • Your breasts feel softer after nursing.

And if you find you bond with one baby more than the other, there’s probably a reason for this, find time to give each of them love and attention, they both deserve it.  Read How To Get Pregnant With Twins

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How to Ensure Your Baby Is Gaining A Healthy Weight After Birth

After the birth of a baby the parent’s concern then shifts to making sure the baby is gaining weight and growing both physically and intellectually like the baby is supposed to. Growth is a good indicator of general health, and babies who are growing well are generally healthy, while poor growth can be a sign of a problem.

Doctors will keep track of weight, length, and head size. According to Kidshealth, a new born baby born at 37 and 40 weeks usually weighs 2.5kg-4kg.The length of the pregnancy is important. Babies born around their due date or later tend to be larger than those born earlier. Other factors that can affect a baby’s weight include:

  • Premature babies generally are smaller and lighter than other newborns. A preemie’s weight will be largely determined by how early he or she was born.
  • Genetics
  • Multiple births,
  • First babies are sometimes smaller than brothers or sisters born later.
  • Girls tend to be smaller, boys larger, but the differences are slight at birth.
  • Mother’s health during pregnancy
  • Nutrition during pregnancy
  • Medical problems and certain infections acquired during the pregnancy, can affect a child’s birth weight and later growth.

Valerie Marchand, is a Pediatric Gastroenterologist and chair of the Canadian Paediatric Society’s Nutrition and Gastroenterology Committee. She was part of a group that recommended the use of new growth charts developed by the World Health Organization (WHO).

Growth charts examine length and weight in boys and girls, from birth to thirty-six months.  In the first few days after birth, babies normally lose weight, then get back to their birth weight by about 10 days. Marchand suggests that parents should be aware that a baby’s birth weight depends more on the mother’s diet and health during pregnancy. While slow-gaining babies tend to get the most attention, there are new concerns about babies who gain quickly. “You need to look at height as well as weight,” says Marchand.

Paediatrician and breastfeeding expert Jack Newman said, “the first step is often to improve the way the baby latches on to the breast”. “When the baby is not drinking much, using compression can help,” he adds. To determine how your baby’s measurements compare with those of other babies born after the same length of pregnancy, your paediatrician will refer to a growth chart. Always refer to your baby’s pediatrician and listen to them concerning how to maintain a healthy weight for your baby.

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