If a woman has the desire to breastfeed twins, it is advisable to choose in advance the hospital where mother and children live together. In this case, lactation will improve faster, because babies can be fed on demand.
With this nutritional schedule, an important rule is followed: the more often the baby sucks the breast, the more milk comes to the next feeding. Another plus: for several days spent in the hospital, mother will get used to the babies and learn how to properly apply them to the breast.
With such experience after discharge, she will feel much more confident, and this is also one of the keys to success. If mother and children are in different wards, the feeding schedule and appetites of the babies may not be the same, and then the nurses will have to be supplemented with a mixture.
You can feed the twins in different ways. If there is a lot of milk, it is quite realistic to get the hand and apply two babies to the breast at once.
Some mothers are helped by a special double pillow designed for this purpose. If there is not enough time and energy for such a trick, one of the two scenarios will suit when the twins eat snacks in turn. At first, it is better to feed the most active child – the one who is very hungry and needs food loudly.
When he empties one breast, he can be given either expressed milk from a previous feeding, or a mixture that the pediatrician prescribes. While he finishes the bottle, the second baby is applied to the second breast and in the same way it is fed if it needs supplementation.
Another option: in one feeding of one baby we feed only with a breast (we give empty both the right and the left to make it full), and give the second one a mixture, changing their places next time.
If there is not enough breastmilk for two babies, the doctor will help you organize additional supplements. In this case, lactation traction may decrease.
Every mother who decides to breastfeed needs to know that mixed feeding, as a rule, quickly turns into an artificial one. Breast and bottle babies suck in different ways, while using different muscle groups. The problem is that as soon as the crumb tries the bottle, he starts to suckle on the same principle.
Using the wrong sucking mechanism that he needs, he “drinks” only the front milk, and the back will remain intact. Mom’s brain immediately receives a signal that the rate of lactation should be reduced, therefore less milk comes to each next feeding. In addition, attaching to the breast as a nipple, the baby injures the nipple (cracks appear on it).
And on the background of pain decreases the level of the hormone oxytocin, due to which milk comes out of the breast.