We loved sharing How Can I Breastfeed Twins? with you recently. We had lots of readers ask for more information on various positions for breastfeeding twins. This post will explain those positions in depth and is in partnership with Twin Z Pillow. You can use code LACLINK for a free Twin Scheduler and Travel Bag! You can also use code LACLINK for 15% off their One Z Pillow!
As with any time you breastfeed–with one or two!–baby should be tucked in close to you. Their tummy should be in full contact with your body, with no gaps. This helps baby feel secure and latch deeper. Their chin should tuck into your breast as they latch. There is no perfect way to feed twins, feeding them together (in tandem) or one at a time will be helpful in various situations from day to day! With some practice, (and you’ll get lots of it! ;), you will find the positions that work best for you and your babies.
Football Hold x2
Many moms like nursing both babies at once while both are in the football hold. Using the Twin Z Pillow brings babies up to breast on each side and even has back support for mom. Once babies are latched, you can relax into the pillow and ease your shoulders.
Reclining to nurse in the Biological Nursing position with twins has the same benefits it does when nursing one baby. This position can allow babies to latch on and stay latched on a bit easier. Babies who have trouble getting a deep latch often find that using this position helps! Laying babies tummy to tummy with you and leaning into the cushions behind you will make this a relaxing position. Having a cushion on each side to support your elbows might be helpful as well.
Cradle hold + football hold
Placing one baby in the cradle hold and the other in the football hold is another effective way to nurse both babies at once. Again, pillows on each side might be helpful. You can also lean back into the cushions behind you in this position as well once baby are latched.
Your babies may not feed on the same schedule or pattern every day and that’s normal. Feeding one at a time can be a great opportunity to spend one-on-one time with each child.
Cradle Hold x2
Holding both babies in the cradle hold, as their legs cross in your lap is another efficient way to tandem feed. This can be used for newborns as well as older babies. As your babies get older, your positioning will adjust to their needs and bodies. Their nursing sessions may be shorter and they may not want to lie down to nurse anymore. Learn more about nursing as your baby gets older at our post, How Breastfeeding Can Change as Baby Gets Older. These shorter nursing sessions can look any way that you and your babies need them to!
Feeding one baby at a time in the cradle hold allows you to free up one hand. It also allows the other baby to explore or get into mischief ;).
Breastfeeding twins can seem complicated at first, but with some support and a bit of trial and error, you can find the right positions that work for you and your twins. I hope these images and explanations have helped you better visualize how you will breastfeed your babies. You moms of multiples are strong and can do amazing things. The Twin Z Pillow is a great tool for feeding your twins and we are here for you anytime you have questions or want to troubleshoot positioning or latch. Our IBCLC team covers a wide geographic area for in-person consults and are available online through a secure video chat, eConsults, for those outside of our area. For more tips and encouragement for breastfeeding twins, read our post, How can I breastfeed twins? To prepare to breastfeed ANY number of babies, we recommend our Breastfeeding Video Bundle which will take you from prenatal planning, first latch, first solids and weaning. Remember to use ou can use code LACLINK for a free Twin Scheduler and Travel Bag! You can also use code LACLINK for 15% off their One Z Pillow! Do you have any other questions on positioning while breastfeeding twins? What positions worked the best for you? Share in the comments.
Thanks for stopping by,
Lindsey Shipley, RN, IBCLC