Multiple Births

It is possible to breast-feed twins at the same time by nursing one baby at each breast. You can hold one baby at each side using the football hold (described earlier), or you can cradle them both in front of you with their bodies crossing each other as they would have been in utero. Alternate the breast each baby uses at each feeding, or at least once a day. If this is too difficult, or if you are not producing enough milk, you may supplement feedings with formula.

It is also possible to breast-feed triplets, but most mothers supplement feedings with formula. Nurse two of the babies at a time and give formula to the third. At the next feeding, give the formula to a different baby. It is important that all three babies have an equal opportunity to breast-feed.

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New Mothers Guide to Breast Feeding

New Mothers Guide to Breast Feeding

For many years, scientists have been playing out the ingredients that make breast milk the perfect food for babies. They've discovered to day over 200 close compounds to fight infection, help the immune system mature, aid in digestion, and support brain growth - nature made properties that science simply cannot copy. The important long term benefits of breast feeding include reduced risk of asthma, allergies, obesity, and some forms of childhood cancer. The more that scientists continue to learn, the better breast milk looks.

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