Expecting twins and want to tandem breastfeed? There are so many questions, right? Like what are the logistics? What is the best way to breastfeed twins? I got you. Keep reading to find out how I made it work.
Breastfeeding one baby can be an awkward learning curve, especially when they’re newborns and you’re just establishing the breastfeeding relationship. Even more so when tandem breastfeeding. When there’s more than one it’s even more important to be clear on the best way to breastfeeding twins.
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The Setup: The best way to breastfeed twins (even if you’re alone)
What you’ll need for the best way to breastfeed twins
Now that my twins are toddlers and still breastfeeding, I can just whip out a boob and they happily latch on.
But when babies are newborns and don’t have head control, it’s a lot trickier to get them to latch on properly and comfortably for all three of you.
Set yourself up for success by having just a few items around that will make it so much easier for you.
- A Brest Friend Twin Pillow (or Twin Z if you prefer)
- A few extra throw pillows
- A muslin blanket or two
- A drink for yourself and a snack!
- The TV remote
- Your phone
How to get in position by yourself
It isn’t always easy to get two babies into position to breastfeed easily, but I figured out some ways to make it work for myself. It’s hard to exactly describe, but hopefully, it makes sense for you.
Here are my steps:
- Put babies in the pack and play.
- Get my snacks/drink/remote/phone all ready and within reaching distance to where I’ll be sitting.
- Prop a pillow on the couch where my lower back will be and put on next to where I will sit so it’s reachable.
- Strap the Brest Friend to me. I love this pillow because it actually has a waist strap with velcro so you can strap it on and walk around with it on. It won’t support a baby’s weight, but it helps you keep it in place.
- Once the pillow is strapped to me I would scoop up one baby in each arm with football hold. This took some practice, but after a week or so I got it down. Before I was able to do this I would take the babies one at a time and place them on the couch next to wear I would be sitting. They weren’t able to roll yet, but I would put a pillow or something next to them so they couldn’t roll off the couch. This isn’t a safe place to leave a baby, but I was only leaving them there for a few seconds.
- Next, I would sit down and get the babies positioned on the pillow in a football hold. If I had one in each arm it was pretty simple to just set them down on top of the pillow, and if I had them laying on the couch next to me I would pick up one at a time and place them on the pillow, ensuring to keep them positioned in ways they wouldn’t fall off the couch or the pillow.
- Once I had them positioned on the pillow I would put another throw pillow underneath the Brest Friend pillow to bring it higher and close to the breast.
- Then I propped their heads a little with a receiving blanket if necessary.
- The Brest Friend pillow has a little pocket so I liked to stash my phone, the TV remote, and my drink or snack if it fit too.
- After all of that, I’d be ready to go! Whip ’em out and let the feast begin.
Why this is the best way to breastfeed twins (specifically newborns)
Once your babies get a little bigger, you won’t need a whole bunch of steps or special props in order to breastfeed them.
But when they are teeny tiny, they’re cluster feeding, and you know you’ll be stuck there for a while, you want to be as comfortable as possible.
I binge-watched the entire series of Breaking Bad in this position. Propped with two pillows plus the Brest Friend pillow, snacks and drink on hand. I didn’t find any positions that worked as well as this to both keep the babies happy and me happy.
How do you burp them?
I see a lot of moms asking how do you burp babies when you’re tandem breastfeeding twins, and it’s actually pretty easy.
I keep talking about the Brest Friend pillow, but it seriously is so helpful. It is pretty solid and sturdy and the way it’s formed makes the baby roll into you a little instead of off the edge. So between that and a receiving blanket you can prop one baby up, allowing them to continue nursing, while you carefully pull the other one up on your shoulder to burp.
Or, you can always leave them on the pillow and just turn them onto their belly a little to burp.
You’ll find what works for you, but it was really easy for me to either bring them one at a time up to my shoulder to burp or once I got more adept, I could just burp them both at one time. One on each shoulder.
You’ll find what works for you mama. But for me and a lot of other twinmoms, this is the best way to breastfeed twins. For more breastfeeding twins tips, check out this article all about I learned after breastfeeding twins for two years!
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