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What Should You Know About Breastfeeding Multiples?

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If you're the new mom to twins, triplets, or even more bundles of joy, you may be committed to the idea of breastfeeding all your children. While breastmilk is one of the most perfect food sources for all new babies, it can provide even more benefits for multiples -- who tend to be smaller at birth and more prone to an early delivery than singletons. However, breastfeeding can be a major challenge and source of stress for many new mothers, particularly those faced with the gargantuan task of providing the sole source of nourishment to more than one new human. Read on for several tips and tricks to help ensure you maintain an adequate supply to satisfy each of your babies. 

Set a schedule -- and stick to it

Scheduling feedings, naps, and awake time may seem like an arduous assignment when you're already barely getting any sleep. However, helping guide your babies to a predictable schedule can help improve their behavior while saving your own sanity (and milk supply). Unpredictable feedings can cause your body to become confused about the amount of milk you need to produce -- and if your babies tend to periodically go long stretches without eating, this can diminish your milk supply in a way that can be hard to recover. 

If, despite your efforts, you're having trouble getting your babies on any type of regular schedule, you'll at least want to get your breasts on a schedule. By pumping at regular intervals in between feedings, you'll encourage your body to produce more milk and should be able to build up a supply of refrigerated or frozen milk for your spouse or partner to use for feedings when you need a break.

Invest in a hospital-grade pump

While tandem feeding can sometimes be an option for twins, if you have triplets or more, you'll likely be using a combination of breastfeeding and pumping to help maintain your milk supply and ensure your babies are satisfied. Choosing a high-quality hospital-grade breast pump can quickly and efficiently empty your breasts, helping you avoid slow-pumping consumer machines or even the monotony of a manual breast pump. In many cases, your primary health insurance policy should completely cover the purchase or rental price of a breast pump -- or you may be able to find a gently-used and fully sterilized version on an online auction site for a fraction of retail price. 

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