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Let’s all be real here- tandem feeding is not for everyone.
After trying it, I was surprised how hard it was!
Feeding newborn twins is something you have to master QUCIK!
While I was pregnant, I just kind of assumed I would tandem feed my twins from the start.
Now that I am doing a mix of breastfeeding and bottle feeding, I have found a few methods that work and aren’t too uncomfortable.
Tips on Feeding Newborn Twins
1. Most Common- Nurse the Fussy One First
This is the method I hear most twin mommas talk about. If I was exclusively breastfeeding, it is the way I would go about it. It is as simple as nursing the one who cries the most first. I know for a fact that when both of my babies wake up at the same time, my girl will start screaming bloody murder if she isn’t fed right away. So she is the one that would be fed before brother. Brother is a lot more calm and can be soothed while he is hungry. Lady bug cannot.
2. Alternative to #1- Bottle Feed the Fussy One First
This is what I typically do (when they both aren’t screaming for food). I will still prep both bottles and put them next to me, and then grab the babies and put one in my lap and the other laying inside or next to my legs with a binky.
3. Bottle feed at the same time in your lap
This one is for the true multitasker. I am still amazed I was able to get a picture of it while feeding them both with ONE hand. You become quite the problem solver when you have two crying babies. For this feeding I had one baby in my lap, arm holding his head and I propped his bottle with a receiving blanket. Then sissy was in my legs and my arm that was supporting brothers head held her bottle. I am very proud of myself for this one!
4. Bottle feed both in Twin Z pillow (or other prop)
Unfortunately I use this method too often. When they’re both crying for milk, I prop them up in their Twin Z pillow and prep their bottles. Then to feed I will either hold both bottles or prop them with pillows like in the picture.
I know, I know. Propping bottles is frowned upon. But sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do.
We have been battling what we now think is colic for the past week and between the fussiness of both babies, feeding times are the only times I have been able to walk into the kitchen for a minute of peace and quiet.
Those are the four least stressful and comfortable ways to feed my twins. Let me know what you think down below!
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Thank god I have my mom or my husband to help me feed my twins because I have yet to figure out how to do it alone. They are slow eaters and need some extra coaxing and a lot of burping. You’re a rockstar!
I am glad you have a great support system! Twins truly do take a tribe! Looking back, I have no idea how I did it. Lots of props. Lots of time. Lots of frustration and a whole lot of love.
You got this momma!