You have questions, our lactation coaches have answers.
I’m expecting twins. Should I even consider breastfeeding?
Yes. Breastfeeding can make the intense early months with twins easier. Mothers of multiples begin breastfeeding at the same rate or higher than mothers of single babies. Many mothers have fully breastfed twins and triplets. There are even some who have fully breastfed quadruplets. You can make enough milk by breastfeeding or pumping often around the clock.
Also, keep in mind:
Breastfeeding helps ensure both babies will get the skin-to-skin contact and holding needed for a close relationship.
Breastfeeding saves eight to 10 hours a week, even if the babies sometimes breastfeed together and sometimes one at a time.
Mother’s milk is always ready.
The cost savings are great, $1,000 to $2,000 per baby during the first year.
I take prescription medication; does that mean I shouldn’t breastfeed?
Very few medications are not recommended during breastfeeding.
For most drugs, your baby is only exposed to a tiny amount (often less than 1% of your dose), and continued breastfeeding is recommended.
Even though most medications are compatible with breastfeeding, check with your healthcare provider, pharmacist, or lactation consultant before taking anything.
Do I need to watch what I eat and drink?
No. There are no foods you must eat or avoid. Be moderate. You can eat chocolate, spicy foods, onions, garlic, broccoli, cabbage. And you don’t have to have a perfect diet. Nature provides milk for the baby first by tapping your body stores. Just eat to hunger and drink to thirst. You can even have caffeine, the amount you might get in one or two cups of coffee.