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By Jo-Anne Lawless, HCA, LC
Q. I'm 18 weeks pregnant with twins, and would like to breastfeed. Most of the info I've read about breastfeeding is for a single baby. I've read that you should nurse a baby on one breast for a while and then switch to the other breast for the last part of the feeding. How does this recommendation change if I want to nurse twins? Should I use one breast per twin per feeding, or do I have to rotate them when they're halfway through a feeding?
A. The easiest method is to give each baby a breast for the day, and then switch the following day. This is actually better from a visual development perspective. Babies should have both sides as they grow; it stimulates their brains.
You need to be led by the babies' needs, generally. Don't get too caught up in "who had what, when", although it's good to make sure that you are using both breasts fairly evenly. If your babes are wetting 6 to 8 diapers per day and are happy and healthy, whatever you choose is working.
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