Information & resources

It is really important to learn about breastfeeding before the babies arrive. You would not learn to drive just as you were driving down the slip road onto the motorway, so it’s the same with breastfeeding.
There little evidence regarding making enough milk for two or three babies. Milk supply works on a demand and supply basis. Having two or three babies coming to the breast means the breasts are stimulated two or three times more than those feeding a singleton.
When parents find out they are expecting triplets, this can cause a wide variety of emotions – shock, love, excitement, worry, and even panic. One of the biggest concerns for many parents is whether they will be able to breastfeed their babies.
When parents find out they are expecting triplets, this can cause a wide variety of emotions – shock, love, excitement, worry, and even panic. One of the biggest concerns for many parents is whether they will be able to breastfeed their babies.
But sometimes breastfeeding just isn’t working for the parent. Maybe they have aversion, maybe they’re feeling totally exhausted and touched out, maybe they’re uncomfortable with still breastfeeding, maybe they just need to stop!
If you have warning that the babies might come early, prepare yourself by researching breastfeeding, and go to see the NNU so you know what to expect. It can be quite a daunting place full of wires and beeps.
Babies are fussy sometimes. They have developmental leaps. They have fussy evenings. Sometimes they just have a day when they are not happy for some reason. But when there’s two, it can be quite difficult to cope with.
With all U-shaped twin breastfeeding cushions, make sure you are sitting upright and push the cushion right in so there’s no gap by your tummy. Use the back support cushion and maybe add another cushion to make sure there’s enough room for babies’ legs to wrap round you.
For babies who are born at this time, establishing breastfeeding can be quite difficult. They are often well enough to remain on the postnatal ward with their mothers, which is great as they do not have to go to special care.
Many parents worry how they can get their co-sleeping older babies into their own room and into their own cots. However, there’s another way which can be much easier, much more gentle and less stressful for everyone. The floor bed!
There are several reasons milk supply may have to be established by expressing and not by directly breastfeeding. Mother and baby may have to be separated after birth due to prematurity or illness, or maybe baby just cannot latch on for some reason.
Not one to do things by half, I was very fortunate to conceive in February 2017. With an already 18 month old and just turned 3 years old nurslings, I was very aware of the forthcoming task ahead.

Can you help?

We imagine a world in which mums-to-be know that it IS possible to breastfeed multiple babies and that they have the information and support available to do so. We need your help to achieve this. For example, we want to: produce printed and online information for parents and medical professionals; roll out training to medical professionals so they can support new mums better; train more breastfeeding peer supporters with experience and knowledge to support parents of multiples. PLEASE HELP!