You can still breastfeed if you have twins, triplets or even more. If your babies were born premature, breastfeeding is even more important.
How to get started
At the start, you may find it easier to feed them separately. This will help you to build your confidence. You can feed triplets with two babies together and then one alone, or rotated one by one.
Aim to give as much breast milk as possible to your babies. The amount of breast milk you produce depends on how often your babies feed.
It will take time to find a position that you feel comfortable with. You may find it easier to concentrate on one baby at a time. If you'd like to feed two babies at once, ask your midwife or partner to help you when positioning and attaching.
Breastfeeding your babies together
When you are confident one baby is well attached to your breast, you can try feeding two babies together. This will save you time.
Try the following positions to see what works best for you.
In the early days, it's easier to feed in a bed or on a big sofa. Position yourself in the middle with plenty of cushions around you. This will help to support your back and to lift up your babies if needed.
Your breast milk is produced on demand. This means that the more you feed, the more you make. You will have plenty of milk for your babies if you feed on demand.
If your babies are small or born a little early, your midwife or public health nurse will help. They can support you to make sure your babies are feeding well and gaining weight.
Deirdre McCarthy shares her advice on breastfeeding twins
Breastfeeding support groups are a great place to get advice and to meet other mothers.
Breastfeeding support groups are run by:
- lactation consultants (IBCLC)
- public health nurses
- La Leche League leaders
- Friends of Breastfeeding
- Cuidiú breastfeeding counsellors