Your body will make good milk, even if your diet is poor, but you’ll feel much better if you take care of your nutritional needs. Many moms of twins find that eating 6 smaller meals a day works better than the traditional 3 a day. Look for easy-to-fix nutritious foods that you can keep on hand and snack on throughout the day. Keep a sports bottle filled with water next to your nursing area, as well as a stack of clean diapers and wipes so you don’t have to get up any more often than is necessary.
Newborn multiples often draw a crowd. If you haven’t experienced this already, you will. I promise. Even at home, you may have many friends and family who want to stop by for a quick – or not so quick – visit. Visitors are great if they’re also being helpful, but in the early days it’s especially important to limit visitors so you can focus on establishing breastfeeding and getting settled as a new family.
NPT Christy's insight:
Visitors in the hospital and at home in the early newborn period can either help or harm the process of getting breastfeeding established. Don't feel badly about declining visitors while in the hospital (let your nurses be the "bad guys" if needed), and put visitors to your home to work in ways that support your snuggle and breastfeeding time with your babies.
There's plenty of anecdotal (yet inconclusive research-based) evidence that demonstrates that they may be effective. So what's the problem? For starters, using galactogogues can often be, at best, a band-aid, covering up the actual problem, which doesn't get resolved and may cause problems in the long run.
Although it may not seem like a specific help for breastfeeding, finding people to assist around the house allows you to use your energy to make breastmilk, not dinner. Shari Rife's mother-in-law helped keep her house clean. Other mothers of triplets have received help from friends and family on everything from taking older children to soccer lessons to dropping off a casserole for dinner. As Sheri Ingalls says, "It will take all of your precious energy to feed and care for your babies. Sleep is so important and laundry isn't! Let somebody else do it!"
It would be ideal for you to begin breastfeeding as soon as possible after the birth. When a mother is expecting more than one baby, sometimes a surgical birth becomes necessary. In this case, some hours may go by before you can start to breastfeed. However, it is important that you nurse your babies as soon as you are able. Some multiple births also take place prematurely. If this happens and you are unable to initiate breastfeeding soon after the birth, you can still pump your breasts to initiate lactation.... Milk from mothers of premature babies is quite different from that of mothers of term babies. If your babies are early, they will especially need your milk.
NPT Christy's insight:
It is almost always possible to breastfeed multiples, as breast milk supply works on a supply-demand basis. Often, obstetric practices can impact your ability to get off to a good start, as can uninformed practices in your hospital or NICU. With the right information, you can be prepared to advocate for best practices for yourself and your babies to get off on the right foot!
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