How long will I stay in hospital for after the birth of my twins?
This largely depends on you and your babies. If you’ve had a vaginal birth and your children are not needing any special care, you could potentially leave within 24 hours of having them. If you have a Cesarean it largely depends how it went and how you’re feeling after it.
Some mums stay in hospital for a day or two, maybe longer. Others stay in just 24 hours and then are released and monitored by their health team at home. It depends on what resources are available to you in your area and how you and your babies are doing. If you are unsure how long you are going to be in hospital for, ask your midwife for advice.
Establishing a Feeding Routine (see also article on Breastfeeding Twins )
What happens if they fall asleep at the breast/ during their feed?
Should they fall asleep during the feed gently wake them up again. Once they’ve had enough milk they should remove their mouth from your breast and turn their head away, or simply stop suckling. You might find that one twin/triplet finishes their feed first, it is handy to be able to put the one that has finished their feed into a bouncy chair for a few minutes whilst you finish feeding the other baby. After the feed, make sure you burp both babies by gently rubbing or tapping their upper back until any trapped wind comes up.
If you haven’t already done so, about 5-10 mins after a feed is a good time to change nappies.
Whilst in hospital get as much help with feeding as possible from your midwife
Coping with visitors in hospital.
Getting enough sleep(!)
Once you’ve got to grips with caring for your babies, you’ve established either breast or bottle feeding and you and they are all in good health, you will be allowed to go home.
- Before you go, make sure that someone has everything ready for you at home.
- There needs to be enough staples like milk, tea, coffee ready to make yourself and visitors a hot drink.
- There needs to be something easy to cook ready in the fridge/ freezer. Also having something nice to drink (that is non-alcoholic and caffeine free) would be a good idea as it’s important to keep your fluid intake up especially if you’re breastfeeding.
- All the equipment needs to be organized and set up ready to use, in a suitable place.
- There needs to be enough nappies to last you a few days at least, and if you’re bottle feeding enough milk formula too.
Your partner/ friend will need to bring in
- A blanket each for the babies,
- Car seats (unless you’ve not got a car!)
- Coats or cardigans for you all (depending on what season it is).
- Proper clothes for you. Loose-ish leggings or tracksuit bottoms are ideal.
- A suitcase or holdall to take all your belongings home in (unless you’ve kept one with you!)