Breastfeeding twins and a toddler is possible, but you'll need to take care of yourself in order to take care of your babies.
Is Breastfeeding Twins and a Toddler Possible?
Can you continue breastfeeding twins and a toddler? The answer is "yes", but there are some tips that can make this easier for you and your children. There are many reasons for breastfeeding.
- Breastfeeding is certainly affordable!
- Breastfeeding gives your baby added nutrients and antibodies.
- Breastfeeding provides continuous health benefits even after your baby stops nursing.
- Breastfeeding creates a wonderful bond between mother and child.
- Breast milk is typically easier to digest.
- Breastfeeding is often more convenient than bottle feeding.
All of these are wonderful points to consider as you weigh the option of whether or not to nurse your baby. If you are already nursing a toddler and you have newborn twins, it is possible to continue nursing all of your children. In the beginning, however, you may be overwhelmed because your newborns will nurse so frequently. Somewhere in between nursing them, you'll also have to carve out time (and more milk) to nurse your toddler.
Tips and Advice
First, remember that you are not alone in this adventure. There are many moms who have already paved the way for tandem nursing, and many have done so successfully. You can achieve that same success, especially if you pay attention to the following suggestions:
- Take care of yourself! Because you are breastfeeding twins and a toddler, you'll need to increase your calorie count and get plenty of rest.
- Get your twins on a feeding schedule. In the beginning, you may be nursing your infants every couple of hours or so. After a few weeks, however, the time between feedings should get longer.
- Nurse your twins at the same time. If you take turns nursing the twins and then nurse your toddler, you'll find your day filled with nothing but breastfeeding! If one twin is sleeping, wake him or her so you can breastfeed both babies together.
- Find ways to occupy your toddler while you are nursing your newborns. You can ask him to bring you a book to read to him, you and he could sing songs to the babies, etc. You could also put on one of his favorite videos.
- Spend quality time with your toddler. Even when you are not nursing the babies or your toddler, try to find some time to spend with your toddler so that he doesn't feel left out. Your newborns will demand so much of your time that you may find yourself preoccupied with their care. Try to spend some alone time with your older child whenever you can.
- Since your toddler will not be nursing as often as your infants, you should be able to work in his nursing sessions without too much trouble. Try not to nurse him as soon as you finish nursing your twins, however, to give your milk supply a chance to build back up.
- Try pumping and storing your milk so that others can feed your newborns occasionally. This will free up some time to spend with your toddler.
Finally, ask others for help. Whether it's your husband, relatives, or friends, you'll certainly be able to use the assistance. Taking care of three babies is tiring, and it is just as important for you to take care of yourself as well!