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Preparing for Multiples | Tips for New Parents | Feeding Tips
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  • When bottle-feeding or breastfeeding, burp babies midway through and after each feeding.
  • It is ok to use one spoon and one bowl when babies are ready for solid food, unless one baby is sick. Feed baby food directly from the jar at room temperature, discarding any leftover food to avoid bacterial growth.
  • Consult your health care provider for advice about sleeping positions for babies after feeding.

Breastfeeding Multiples

  • Consult your health care provider or the local La Leche League if you are considering breastfeeding. Ask for a consultant who specializes in breastfeeding multiples. Members of a local parents of multiples club are also great resources.
  • Follow your doctor's advice on proper diet, rest, nipple care, and breast pumping.
  • Remember, your fluid intake should include a minimum of 64 oz., the equivalent of eight 8 oz. glasses of water.
  • Alternate your babies for each feeding. One may require a larger amount of milk than the other(s), and sucking stimulates the breast to produce more.
  • With twins, nurse your babies at the same time, if possible. A u-shaped nursing pillow may be helpful. Two bed pillows work well too.
  • Don't be alarmed with the color and consistency of the babies' stools as they are usually looser and lighter in color than those of bottle-fed babies.

Bottle-feeding Multiples

  • Purchase different styles/colors of bottles/nipples if the babies are put on different formulas. This simplifies identification.
  • Use a chart to document feedings.
  • Formulas come in many forms (powdered, concentrate, and ready-to-feed). Unless specified by your doctor, choose whichever is most convenient and follow preparation instructions carefully.
  • Your doctor may recommend sterilizing bottles and nipples during the first few months. If using a dishwasher for bottles, additional sterilization may not be required.
  • Encourage Dad and siblings to assist.
  • Take time to cuddle each baby after feeding and during burping.
  • If you are alone and your multiples need to be fed, you may bottle feed them simultaneously by putting each in an infant seat and positioning yourself accordingly.
 
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Twins To Quints: The Complete Manual for Parents of Multiple Birth Children

Compiled by the National Organization of Mothers of Twins Clubs, Inc. and Published by Harpeth House Publishing

An extraordinary handbook and indispensable resource produced by more than 125 mothers (and spouses) of multiples, who have been through the joys and challenges of a reproductive phenomenon steadily growing in North America and around the world. Edited by Rebecca E. Moskwinski, M.D.

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Use a chart to document feedings. NOMOTC has a chart that is available for purchase in NOMOTC's Store.

Purchase different styles or colors of bottles/nipples if your babies are on different formulas. This simplifies identification.

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