Those of you out there expecting twins…Congratulations! You are in for a wild ride! I have long had a little twin envy, and it doesn’t really subside with age lol. But some of you soon-to-be multiple moms who want to nurse may be scared that you won’t be able to do it…that it will be too much for you.
Those fears are not unfounded.
Twins sometimes have to spend time in the NICU, because they’re born early or they’re tiny after sharing a cramped womb with their brother or sister. That time apart can present a real challenge to your nursing relationship.
You might also worry that you won’t make enough milk, or you won’t be able to juggle two babies, literally. Those are very valid concerns. But you can do it. You really can, mommy!
I talked to a twin mom who had been nursing for 13 months. Her name is Jennifer. Her babies had an action packed beginning that included two weeks in the NICU. But Jennifer was determined to breastfeed them. She has advice for you on things like positioning and supply, but mostly her story is about letting you know you can do it. She starts her story in the NICU…listen to Jennifer’s Story Of Breastfeeding Her Twins. This is not to say you should feel like a terrible mom if nursing doesn’t work for you and your babies. That’s not the point of this post. The point is, for moms who really want to nurse and everyone is telling them they shouldn’t even try, Jennifer and I are here to tell you to tell them to stuff it. After all, even Brad Pitt thinks a woman nursing twins is sexy.
Where do you begin? Well, at one of the most helpful sites I found when my baby was an infant, KellyMom.com.
And, of course, if you’re pregnant with twins, you will want to hear what our expert in twin pregnancies has to say, and what my good friend Aimee’s experience was like. It’s all in our Pea in the Podcast: Twins and Multiples.