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Help with breastfeeding (including feeding twins)

Breastfeeding is a skill that has to be learned by both mother and baby. For some, it can take a little while to settle down. Remember that every mother and baby pair is different and solutions that work for one, may not work for another.

If you have a breastfeeding problem, aim to resolve it as quickly as possible. You can get help and support from:

• Your midwife;
• Your health visitor;
• The postnatal ward where you delivered your baby;
• Your GP.

"I rang when I got worried about feeling so full and uncomfortable. The counsellor suggested some things I could do to help myself." Abbie

"Jack was feeding all the time suddenly and I just didn't know if it was all right - she explained what was happening." Tanya

"I felt so sore and knew there must be something I could do differently to make it OK. The counsellor helped me work out how to do it so it didn't hurt." Melanie

Breastfeeding twins

The NCT or the Twins and Multiple Births Association (TAMBA), can give help on breastfeeding twins. Telephone: 0151 348 0020.

Should I feed both babies together?

Feeding each baby on its own means a better chance of individual bonding, but obviously, this will take more time. Feeding them together means that your milk supply will be better stimulated and it will be easier to keep track of who's had what. Feeding both babies in the 'underarm position' (one under each arm) is probably easiest, although it's also possible to criss-cross them on your lap and feed simultaneously. One under the arm and the other across your lap also works.

Should I swap or keep one breast for each twin?

Swapping ensures even milk production, but keeping them separate will customise each child's supply and ensure they both get sufficient hindmilk.

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