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I just found out about this site and find it to be very good on info. I'm a mother of a 9 yr old -girl and a 3 yr old- girl. I found out I was having twins and just about fell over. I'm still in shock and think that I might not make it to the end.... brst. feeding is my main concern. I had tons of trouble trying to pump with my first 2 kids. God is my witness, I could only get 2oz. out. Anyone out there have helpful ideas for me? I can't stand the thought of formula.
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Hi and welcome to MDC,

I don't have multiples but there are lots in the family so I have a little experience. DO NOT plan on pumping alone. Get those babies to the breast often. In fact with twins I wouldn't even try to pump for a month or so unless you have no choice. You'll be meeting yourself coming and going just keeping yourself fed and the babies fed.

good luck!

no experience here with twins, just wanted to say congrats!
Congratulations!!!! I am a momma of almost 8 month old twins...and I also have two older children!! Hold on...because you are in for one heck of a ride!
As far as breastfeeding goes, I did not get to b/c my twins were preemies and had to be bottle fed. I did pump though so they could have breastmilk. But due to some health problems w/ my boy twin and him being in the hospital for an extended period w/o his sister, my milk dried up. And, unfortunately I had never heard of relactating until very my twins are on formula. If you are interested you can read my story over in the breastfeeding is under the header "Question." But...I really think you can breastfeed if you want to. I would recommend putting the babies to the breast INSTEAD of pumping...unless you have no alternative of course. Also, check the LLL website. There is tons of info out there on breastfeeding twins. So, when are you due?
Blessings to you!!
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I homebirthed my twin girls and breastfed for 26 months. The first six months exclusively. I never could pump so I just tandem nursed.with a nursing pillow in the football hold mostly. Find a La Leche League group and get hands on help. Twins will nurse alot. They will get enough. Why do you need to pump? Congratulations
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I just found out last week that I'll be having twins. Biggest surprize I've ever had. I don't know how I'll do it, but I'm sure things will work out. I've got a 4 year old and a 2 year old already. I'm due in Late August. My first two were breastfed for 18+ months. I'd like to give these two the same treatment, but we'll see.

Congrats on your pregnancy! And welcome to the multiples forum!

As far as your question on breastfeeding and pumping for twins, there are several things you can do to prepare, I'll just jot some ideas down here as they occur to me:

1. Make sure to do all you can to have a healthy twin pregnancy. The key for many of us has been Dr. Barbara Luke's book When You're Expecting Twins, Triplets or Quads. Her nutrition program is top of the line. Also check out her website at for more information and even a consultation - I cannot recommend this highly enough. As you know, half the battle is having a good start, and Dr. Luke's book is a great help for that.

2. Another book many of us swear by is Elisabeth Noble's Having Twins. This has been out forever and is available in many many editions, the most current being about 2 years old I believe.

3. THE go-to written resource for breastfeeding (and pumping for) multiples is Mothering Multiples by Karen Kerkhoff Gromada. Also check out her website at This book is set to come out in a new edition in September, but don't wait, get the current edition now and then get the new one too, it's that good!
By the way, the website is worth it for the photos section alone, fabulous and beautiful!!! Some of our MDC mamas are on there, though I forget which photos at the moment.

4. If you are going to need to pump for these babies, as in for work (I assume that's what you're talking about), make certain to get a really good double-cycle electric pump, like the ones Medela makes. You can even rent or buy hospital-grade pumps.

5. Contact your local La Leche League leader now (go to and browse for the link to find a group in your area) and start going to groups if you can, especially if there are twin moms and working/pumping moms there.

6. Find out who is a Lactation Consultant (IBCLC - International Board Certified Lactation Consultant) in your area and arrange for a consult with this person before birth. Discuss the issues you had with pumping and your goals for breastfeeding/pumping for your twins. I'm not clear on why 2 oz seemed like a small amount to pump, but since it was an issue for you an LC is trained to help women pinpoint and resolve issues that hinder breastfeeding and pumping success.

7. Know that the best way to a successful breastfeeding relationship is to be together, breastfeeding, early and often. This means starting to breastfeed as soon as possible after birth; responding immediately to babies' early feeding cues; and giving the breastfeeding relationship time to develop before introducing bottles, pacifiers, and other breastfeeding/mother substitutes. With twins it may be easiest to wait up to 8 weeks for this depending on how breastfeeding is going.

8. This means planning now for the longest possible maternity leave, and perhaps looking for ways to negotiate a different work schedule on your return. I know this isn't always possible, but looking at options that keep you and the babies together as much as possible is the way to go.

9. Know that no matter the obstacle you can do it!!! I had life-threatening complications (pre eclampsia), the girls were premature, and even with all that and ending up supplementing with bottles of formula for the first months I still nursed on their cues day and night and we still nurse to this day and love it!

Congrats again! You can do it, you really can! Lots of people will tell you it is "a challenge" or "difficult" or even "impossible." Let my voice be one of hopefully many more you hear saying it is possible, doable, and wonderful!!!
I just came upon your post tonight after nursing my girls to sleep. They were curled up one in each of my arms and we "talked" about our day and sang songs and read books and then they nursed until they fell asleep in my arms. Heaven will have to work really really hard to be any better than that.
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Congrats to both the mommy's-to-be of twins!!
: What a fun - and wild! - ride you are in for!!

Awesome post, Amy! You hit so many great points! I just wanted to add two links from This one is full of other links for bf'ing and parenting twins: And this one is on pumping and keeping up your supply:
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Congrats. on your pregnancy!!

I'm a single mom and had no help--I didn't sleep more than 2 hrs. at a time for a year and will tell you right now it is HARD being a mom of twins!!! But I love my babies more than anything.

I tandem breastfed both --and still do at 18 months. I could never pump either--b/c I was too tired. I didn't even start them on solids until they were 8 months old (btw they grew tons between 6 and 8 months on bmilk only!)

I did use formula sometimes but not because of supply reasons--ONLY to give myself a break because I'm a single mom and thought I'd lose my mind if I had to nurse them one more time. HeHe...I still have it--barely!

Here's an article I wrote about my experience. I found that the more you know in advance the better.

Hi and welcome!

Congrats on your twin pregnancy!

I just wanted to be another person saying that I never pumped at all ever and was able to exlusively breastfeed my twins for 13 months (not interested in solids until then), and continue to breastfeed them until 28 months.

Good luck!

Hi Lex--Just wanted to say I loved your photo trubute--very nice!
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