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How do I feed my twins, triplets or more?

The options for feeding multiples are the same as feeding singleton babies these being, breastfeeding, mixed feeding (breast and formula, breast and expressed milk), feeding expressed milk solely or formula (bottle) feeding.


Many mothers breastfeed their multiple birth babies.  This can be exclusively or through mixed feeding.  Tamba is here to support you whatever your feeding choices might be. For more detailed information regarding breastfeeding your multiples please click here.


For more detailed information on expressing breastmilk such as top tips, expressing when at home, storing breastmilk and feeding your baby expressed breastmilk please click here

Mixed Feeding and Bottle Feeding

Some parents decide that a combination of breastfeeding and bottle-feeding will work best for them. For more information regarding mixed feeding and bottle feeding please click here.

How do I feed more than one baby?

 Having multiples can be challenging. Talking through your  feeding choices with your healthcare professionals and your partner can help you feel more confident that the choices you are making work best for you and your babies.   You can also contact Twinline or Tamba Breastfeeding peer supporters to help you work through your options. 


Whatever method you choose, there are three basic approaches provided your babies are healthy and putting on weight:

1. Follow your babies’ cues and feed each baby, as and when each baby seems hungry.

2. If one baby wakes up for a feed, feed that baby, then wake the other baby for a feed.

3. If one baby wakes up for a feed, wake the other(s) and feed all the babies at once.

If your babies are born early, are unwell or are not putting on weight then ask your health professional for guidance on how and when to feed your babies.

Some parents find that developing a routine of some sort works well for them and their babies, while others find they prefer to 'go with the flow' - it's your choice.

Weaning your babies

As your multiples approach 6 months you may want to start thinking about weaning your babies. We have a factsheet, webinar and personal experiences to help you prepare and support you. Click here to read.


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