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Breastfeeding Twins at the Same Time?

How can I feed both my babies at the same time?

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How can I feed both my babies at the same time?

The Bump Expert

Simultaneous dining is highly recommended if you plan on getting any sleep for the next few months, or finding time to do much more than be a feeding and burping machine. It can be challenging at first but will greatly simplify your life once you get the hang of it. There are several methods for coordinating feedings, but with any of them, just remember to take frequent burping breaks.

Use a twin baby pillow. These large, U-shaped pillows can work for both breast- and bottle-feedings. For breastfeeding, sit in the center with a baby on either side, head out and feet toward your body (known as the classic football hold). Once they’re in position, they can both nurse at the same time. You can also prop them up in the twin pillow and use bottles (great for times when your partner is handling the feedings).

Bed or throw pillows. They’re a little more awkward to position, but ordinary pillows can also be arranged to do the trick. For nursing, try propping the pillows under your elbows and holding one baby in front across your lap (a cradle hold) while the other stays in a football hold with his feet facing your body, or have both babies in front of you with their feet crisscrossed. Some parents have also found success with simply propping the babies up, facing you, with their head on the pillow, positioned the long way.

Bring in the car seat. If you’re sticking purely with the bottle, try strapping each baby into her car or infant carrier. Hold a bottle in each hand, and sit cross-legged on the floor in between the carriers.

Get more advice on breastfeeding multiples at Breastfeeding.com.

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Breastfeeding Twins at the Same Time?

I currently have 11 month old twin boys and I breastfed them for 10 months. The My Brest Friend Twins Breast Feeding pillow was a lifesaver for me. I mostly pumped and when it was time to eat I put one boy on one side and the other on the other side and I was able to feed them at the same time. When one was done, I would burp him and put him back on the pillow. Then burp the other one. I would NOT have been able to use my time so efficiently without that pillow. It is sturdy and it did a great job supporting my back. It wasn't flimsy like the Boppy. My husband even used it when I had to work late. Don't tell I told you lol! He hated using it, but he had to cause it worked so well

resilience08 |

Breastfeeding Twins at the Same Time?

I currently have twin 5 1/2 month old boys and I still breastfeed them, although not exclusively (I pump in the evenings and we do formula at night; they sleep 10-12 hours). At first I would alternate some feedings to breastfeed one-on-one, but found that doing them both at the same time was best for me and their schedule since nursing takes longer than drinking a bottle. I use a regular boppy and sit upright in a chair with back support. Sometimes a footstool helps with angling their heads and bodies so they don't roll to the side (we use the double football hold). Now since we do some solids in the morning, I give them bottles of pumped breastmilk after their cereal since I can't feed them both at the same time for that feeding.

BearSZD |