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Breastfeeding twins, triplets or more

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Many mothers of multiples do breastfeed their babies successfully. Not just mothers of twins but even mothers of triplets have been known to breastfeed their babies exclusively. Your body will respond to the suckling of your babies and produce as much milk as they require. Multiples are more likely to be born early, and we know that very small or premature babies can find it difficult to breastfeed at the beginning. If you are unable to have your babies with you straight away it doesn't mean that you won't be able to breastfeed. Whenever you are able to spend time with your babies, having them skin-to-skin with you or your partner, as well as expressing breastmilk regularly, can help babies to get going with breastfeeding.  Let the midwives know that you are keen to breastfeed and ask for their help.  

So, if you want to breastfeed your babies, prepare and read up on it as much as possible before your babies arrive, and be sure to get lots of support from professionals and other breastfeeding mothers – especially mothers of multiples – once your babies are here. Tamba has a team of breastfeeding peer supporters who you can contact here

Always do what is best for you and your family. If you would like to talk to someone about feeding or need support you can ring Twinline on 0800 138 0509. Our helpline is open daily 10am-1pm and 7pm-10pm.


Below Midwife for Multiples Sandra Bosman talks about whether you can breastfeed twins, and if you can produce enough milk to feed more than one baby. Log on or register for free with Tamba today to unlock the whole playlist and listen to her answer all your FAQ questions about breastfeeding more than one, including how to start breastfeeding and whether you should you feed from the same or different sides.


Breastfeeding Peer Supporters Scheme

Tamba has a team of NCT accredited breastfeeding peer supporters who have all breastfed twins and can offer mother-to-mother information and support via phone and email to families who wish to breastfeed their twins, triplets or higher multiples. They have all completed the NCT's accredited peer support training.

For more information about the breastfeeding peer supporters scheme please click here.


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