Breastfeeding twins: what you should know
When you're pregnant with twins, there are many things to consider, from twin names, to getting the nursery ready and considering whether you'll breastfeed. Breastfeeding has many benefits for your children, but feeding twins comes with its own unique challenges.
It's not uncommon for twins to be born prematurely. Breast milk is ideal for premature babies. Their digestive systems aren't fully matured, and breast milk is easier to digest than formula.
Experts recommend trying to feed each newborn individually at first to identify feeding patterns or breastfeeding problems with each baby. Once you've discovered the particular way each baby feeds, you can try tandem nursing. Tandem nursing is the practice of feeding both babies at the same time.
Tandem nursing isn't absolutely necessary when you're feeding twins, but many moms find that it's a great way to save time. Keep in mind that some babies simply prefer to nurse individually. Others might prefer to breastfeed on their own at a certain hour but can tandem nurse at other times. All babies nurse differently, and time and practice will reveal how your babies prefer to nurse.