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Troubleshooting Breastfeeding Twins

Is is possible to breastfeed twins? Yes! It is possible to breastfeed twins.

Will I have enough milk? You should do, it is produced on a supply and demand basis

What if my milk doesn’t ‘come in’?

•Some mums take 3-5 days for their milk to come in.
•Talk to your midwife about it.
•Make sure they are latched on properly.
•Drink plenty and breastfeed little and often.
•Contact your local lactation advisor,
•Ask your local twins club if they have a lactation consultant or a mum of twins who would be able to help you.
•However some mums find they simply can’t breastfeed for whatever reason. If this is the case with you, please don’t beat yourself up about it. x

My breasts are sore, what shall I do? Firstly make sure that you’re latching them on properly. Ask your midwife/health visitor to help check your positioning.

You can buy soothing nipple creams, try putting damp warm or cool flannels over your breasts, use nipple shields to protect your nipples.

My breasts are sore, red, swollen and I have a temperature.If you have red, swollen breasts, nipple discharge (other than breast milk or colostrum ) a feeling of hardness in the breasts, raised temperature or other flu like symptoms please see your GP urgently as you might have mastitis.

Further Information and Help :
Association of Breastfeeding Mothers  Helpline 08444 122 949
La Leche League  Call 0845 120 2918
World Health Organisation report 
NHS Breast feeding Website
Breastfeeding Network

 

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