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Breastfeeding Twins

I'd like to know if it's possible to breastfeed twins?
Many thanks, Karen

Yes, in theory it is possible as long as you have enough milk, but in practise it can be very tiring and a milk supplement is usually required. In theory, women can produce more than enough milk for multiple births, regardless of breast size and the more you nurse, the more you will produce. It can take a lot of time and effort however, which is why using an artificial infant supplement is sometimes a good idea.
With the right support it can be done, so talk to your midwife and sign up for a local breastfeeding course - the course leader may even be able to put you in contact with other mums who have fed twins. Make sure that the hospital know that you are intending to feed your babies yourself so that they can help you put your babies to the breast soon after the birth.
Lots of twins are born prematurely as well, which can make things more difficult, so ensure make sure that the medical staff know that you want to express milk for them and that they give you the equipment for double-pumping. A v-shaped cushion will also be a good investment, to help you support both babies at the same time.

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