Nursing twins question

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Registered: 05-04-2011
Nursing twins question
Wed, 06-01-2011 - 11:59am


So with time running out till due date I'm starting to worry that I'm set with everything I need to come home with.I'd like to at least really try nursing and I've heard that there are nursing pillows that would really help. All they have in stock here are regular pillows that say can be used for twins, but I see online specific pillows for twins and nursing.

What's your opinion? Do I special order the specific twins one? Will it make a difference? Or any pillow will work? Are there any hints to nursing twins successfully??


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Registered: 11-13-2008
Wed, 06-01-2011 - 4:42pm
I've heard differing opinions on the nursing pillows, do you plan on trying tandem nursing? I think that makes a difference in what pillows would work the best.

I've heard that the book Mothering Multiples gives some great advice about breastfeeding twins. I'm sure if you want to do it, you can make it happen! You just need to make sure to have lots of support from your dh and family.

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Wed, 06-01-2011 - 9:13pm
So, I was never able to nurse both my twins, but I did have the special pillow in anticipation of doing it. The one I had was the My Breast Friend twin nursing pillow I believe. There are a couple. You can usually find the online or if you have a local multiples club people are usually looking to unload them. I might suggest waiting until they arrive before purchasing, as I said, I never used mine. I nursed my son for 3 months, but just used a boppy since it was just him. You might find that tandem doesn't work for you, in which case, you won't need the giant thing.
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Wed, 06-01-2011 - 11:20pm

I was able to nurse my twins for 15 months.

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Registered: 07-16-2008
Thu, 06-02-2011 - 9:08am
I hated the pillow personally, I found firm pillows under each baby helped more than the speciality pillow. My absolute biggest advice is to find an IBCLC and enlist her help. They have leaps and bounds more training than just an LC and will likely be much more useful to you. Otherwise nurse early, often, and follow the babies's cues. Don't watch the clock and don't try to force a schedule early. Of you have any specific questions I'd be happy to answer them, my twins are 2 and still nursing, never needed to supplement.

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Thu, 06-02-2011 - 11:39am

Thank you so much! It's amazing how much it helps to get tips and advice from people who have been through it and are going through it!!

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Thu, 06-09-2011 - 1:50pm
I honestly don't know what i would have done without my nursing pillow! it was from My Breast Friend, and well worth the money. I tandem nursed a lot and was not comfortable at all not using it, unless I was laying down nursing in bed (which I only did at night).
I second the idea of bringing it to the hospital, I so wish I did. It would have been a lot easier, esp given the c section scar and pain from that.
I liked my pillow so much I wanted to order a second one for upstairs!

~April, Mom to son Jory, 23 and boy/girl twins, Alex and Haley, 11

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Sat, 06-11-2011 - 11:46pm

I am planning to get those twin nursing pillows. I have heard of them but not picked one out yet. Do share websites if you find one you like :)

Becky - mom to dd 15 and ds 13
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Tue, 06-21-2011 - 5:24pm

I attempted nursing my twins..and the 50/50 split for three months (half bottle, half breast).

Jean Paldan Mother of 3 & Business Owner