Nursing Mother

Nursing Multiples

Following is a collection of questions and answers for some of the most commonly asked questions regarding breasfeeding multiples. Contributors are members of the Twins and Supertwins Mailing List, and, themselves, mothers/parents of multiples. These suggestions are offered as support and advice, and (where applicable) should not replace the professional medical advice of your pediatrician/lactation consultant.

For bottle feeding information, check out the Bottle Feeding FAQ.

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Table of Contents

  • Resources
  • Pumping for Preemies
  • Breastfeeding Exclusively
  • Feeding Schedules for Breastfed Babies
  • Bottlefeeding Breastmilk
  • Night Feedings for Breastfed Babies
  • Surviving Breastfeeding in the First Months
  • Breast Pumps
  • Building Your Milk Supply
  • Nursing Pillows
  • Breastfeeding and Supplementing
  • Babies Distracted While Nursing
  • Nursing Multiples Simultaneously
  • When Breastfeeding Multiples Takes a Toll
  • Burping
  • Triumphing over Problems
  • Alternating Sides
  • Encouragement - You can do it

  • Resources


    La Leche League
    1-800-LALECHE or check white pages of phone book under "La Leche" for a contact name

    National Organization of Mothers of Twins Clubs, Inc.
    1-800-243-2276 to find the local MOTC in your area


    With a few exceptions, the books listed below are either books on twins with a section on breastfeeding, or books on breastfeeding with a section on twins. Most have either photos or drawings of simultaneous nursing positions.

    Having Twins, 2nd. edition., Elizabeth Noble, 1991

    Joy of Twins, rev. ed., Pamela Patrick Novotny, 1994

    Mothering Multiples, Karen Kerkhoff Gromada (pub. by La Leche League), 1985
    (The subtitle of this book is "Breastfeeding and Caring for Twins." An excellent source of information.)

    Mothering Twins, Linda Albi et. al.
    (Written by five mothers of twins, this book has a chapter containing first-person accounts of their breastfeeding experiences.)

    The Nursing Mother's Companion, Kathleen Huggins, 1995

    Womanly Art of Breastfeeding, La Leche League International, 1991


    The two books below are highly recommended by list members and were once available from the Center for the Study of Multiple Births (CSMB). Unfortunately, they are now out of print. Check your local public library or Mothers of Twins Club library.

    Breastfeeding Twins, Triplets, and Quadruplets: 195 Practical Hints for Success, ed., Donald Keith, Sheryl McIness, and Louis Keith, 1982, CSMB.

    The Care of Twin Children: A Common Sense Guide for Parents, by Rosemary Theroux, RN, and Josephine F. Tingley, RN, BS, 1984, CSMB.




    A forum for discussing issues related to breastfeeding and parenting the nursing baby or child. There is somewhat of an emphasis on extended nursing and attachment parenting, but all experiences are considered valid and are supported.

    To subscribe to this group, send email to Leave the subject line blank, and in the body of the message type:


    A list for parents with children born six weeks or more before due date. Through this list, parents of preemies can offer each other support and the benefits of a wide range of experiences.

    To subscribe to this group, send email to Leave the subject line blank, and in the body of the message type:


    This is by no means an exhaustive list. Many of these sites provide links to other breastfeeding sites or reference each other.

    La Leche League International

    La Leche League International FAQ (Information on specific breastfeeding-related issues.)

    NIC -
    (Web link to Usenet newsgroup)

    Lactation, Breastfeeding, Infant Nutrition
    (Breastfeeding info from "Midwifery Today" magazine and the Online Birth Center)

    Finger-feeding a Preemie
    (Article from Midwifery Today--story of Zacheriah who was born 10 weeks early)

    Breastfeeding Guide and Tips

    Breastfeeding solutions from Medela Inc.
    (A commercial site. A good resource--includes section where you type in your zip code [for those in US] and get a list of breast pump rental stations/retailers, nursing bra retailers, baby scale rental & speciality feeding product locations, baby carrier/diaper bag retailers, and breastfeeding specialists, all in your specific area!)

    Bosom Buddies Home Page Send email to
    (A commercial site with breastfeeding info, products and services)

    International Lactation Consultant Organization

    Other Organizations

    Center for the Study of Multiple Births (CSMB)
    Suite 464
    333 E. Superior St.
    Chicago IL 60611

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