Breastfeeding twins and multiples
The prospect of breastfeeding twins or multiples is often amazing. Studies have shown that milk levels in a mother who has only one infant are estimated to be 750 to 800 ml at 2 to 4 months in 24 hours period. Furthermore, this rate is 2200 ml in mothers with twin infants who breastfed each infant 7 times in 24 hours and 3080 ml in mothers with triplets.
These studies have shown that lactose levels in these mothers are higher than those of mothers with a single infant. So the more sucking a baby does, the more milk will be produced. So this natural phenomenon should be taken advantage of and to breastfeed the twins repeatedly, especially at the same time, so that more milk is produced and both infants receive enough milk and grow well.
Support for breastfeeding mothers
Studies have shown that raising any doubts in the mother’s mind and not supporting her, reinforces the misconception that her breastfeeding is inadequate and makes breastfeeding unsuccessful in mothers who have even a single infant.
Since twin or multiple births are often associated with preterm or low birth weight, nurturing and breastfeeding infants need appropriate procedures that should be followed from the mother’s pregnancy until long after birth. When a mother becomes aware of the pregnancy of more than one fetus, she worries about her ability to care for and nurture her children.
Proper treatment of the spouse and those around her, assuring her that this is possible and that the mother is supported by them, will comfort her and help her be more prepared for her postnatal depression and face fewer problems.
Frequency of breastfeeding twins and multiples
Feeding these mothers should be balanced with an extra 500 to 1,000 calories (compared to pre-pregnancy) for the fetus to grow properly. It is recommended that this amount of food be taken in low volumes and repeatedly. In these mothers, the weight gain of up to twice as much of single baby pregnancies is not unusual.
It is important to educate mothers and their close friends about the conditions of their newborn babies and how to breastfeed, as well as how to maintain milk’s health. Each baby should be fed 8 to 10 times a day to ensure more milk production and adequate growth.
After childbirth, one of the babies may require intensive care and may not receive oral nutrition. In this situation, the mother should be assisted to breastfeed as soon as possible, and if one of the infants cannot be discharged with the mother and the other babies, the mother should be able to visit the infant and feed her.
Important tips for breastfeeding newborns and newborns
The mother may have a more emotional relationship with one of the babies for a variety of reasons, but over time the interest in babies will be balanced. It is best to feed each baby one breast at a time, preferably at the same time.
Although mothers with twins or more babies are able to produce enough milk for their infants, the amount of time it takes to feed them is relatively difficult for the mother to adjust. Feeding two babies at the same time with the help of their spouse or relatives can save the mother time. It should also be arranged for the mother to have adequate rest and nutrition.