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#1 of 8 Old 05-23-2014, 07:40 AM - Thread Starter
 
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hello... what are some tips for traveling with twins who are exclusively breastfed, no bottles. i dont need to do too much with them, its hard but id like to go out more, summertime outdoor concerts, or just to a cafe with my husband... but my girls are on a pretty good eating schedule and i like to feed at same time... if we go out and they both get hungry at once its a disaster, unless i have my pillow and can sit in the car... but i am not going to bring my giant pillow to a festival lol. ... i guess i could just make sure i feed one before they are hungry and then get the next quickly.. but its exhausting and it feels like im just feeding the whole time i am out. '

i havent gone food shopping or anywhere, my poor husband works all day and then does all the errands bc its such a hassle...and it feels like we dont spend time with him because babies and i go to bed by 8 or 9 and he gets home at 6 ish IF he's not running around. I'd like to take the girls out and do things together but...??
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Don't know how old your twins are, but as they get a little bigger, tandem BF out and about gets a lot easier.  We used a car and the pillow as our most reliable method, but I did see some brave souls who somehow pulled off twin tandem freestyle.  You can get a little creative with quiet spaces - I think we laid down on a carpeted stage once at a conference, one twin on each side of me, but they must have been a little older. 

 

If you practice at home you can get the hang of feeding without a pillow.  Not easy, or the go-to, but great in a pinch.

 

Privacy is the second issue.  There's no discretion with tandem BF.  Maybe you have better shirts than mine, but you're pretty out there.  Which I was OK with in a quiet context, but you have to decide how you feel about it.

 

Feeding one at a time is an option, but you're right, it's a time consuming one. 

 

These things will all get easier.  But get creative, practice at home sitting up without a pillow, and you'll have more options!

 

See some good pics for ideas:

http://naturallyparentingtwins.net/wp/?page_id=11


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I'm not sure how big they are, but could you try tandem babywearing and nursing? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OW3VLsr1xyg That gives an example of how to. If they're very young, you may be able to wear both in a sling or in a single wrap (that person used two separate wraps- you can find a lot of tandem babywearing options and figure out what works for you).


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I haven't had my twins yet, but it seems like my other kids were pretty distracted from eating when we went out. The stimulus around them kept them happy a lot longer than when at home. Maybe you could try a short outing right after feeding and see how it goes? I'm imagining tandem will be very difficult when out:(
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I haven't had my twins yet, but it seems like my other kids were pretty distracted from eating when we went out. The stimulus around them kept them happy a lot longer than when at home. Maybe you could try a short outing right after feeding and see how it goes? I'm imagining tandem will be very difficult when out
Mine fed every 2 hours on the nose, so I would just limit trips to short ones, in my town. Is that an option?
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I nurse my twins tandem without a pillow when we are out. It's totally not discreet! I hold each babe in one arm, put my knees up to help hold them in place when I need a hand to hold a breast. Or I can sit cross legged and do a sort of hunched double football hold. With a bit of practice, you can figure it out!

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Oh man, we went through this. It's so hard. We actually wound up taking bottles with us when we went out because I couldn't tandem breastfeed without it being a huge production (taking my whole top off, setting up an elaborate pillow system, etc) and I couldn't stand to be at home for long stretches. So they had a little bit of formula and it was fine. In fact, I took them out alone sometimes. When they got hungry, I'd sit and breastfeed one with the other in the car seat on a bench next to me and holding the bottle. Insane, haha! But it worked! Better than staying home all day.
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yaaah update: i dont go out much lol. they still eat every 2 hours during the day anyway at 4.5 months so its not like i can do anything. its ok i am still sane... and loving this time with them. but i hve gotten good at nursing without a pillow. vneck tanktops and shirts have a whole new meaning to me!
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