Breastfeeding triplets or more can seem impossible, as most mothers have
problems keeping up with just one! The good news is that many mothers have proven that it
can be done.
There are going to be busy times ahead, but the rewards are greater than any sacrifices made.
Advantages of Nursing Multiples
Usually there are one or two babies that are vulnerable from birth, due to sharing the womb. Breastfeeding can give these babies the needed upper hand and fighting chance needed. Breast milk has an immunological protective function, that is especially helpful to premature babies.
It can save parents a lot of money. Formula is expensive, especially when buying for more than one.
Mom can lose her postpartum weight quicker.
It is time saving. You don’t need to get bottles ready or clean them afterward, which can be quite a job if you have three or more babies.
If the babies are in hospital, on tubes and/or are unable to breastfeed, the mother can pump the breast milk for them, until they are capable of breastfeeding. To reduce the occurrence of nipple confusion, mothers can consider using alternative feeding methods.
A rotating feeding schedule: Baby 1 & 2 breastfeed at the breast while Baby 3 receives a bottle of expressed breast milk. At the following feeding, Baby 2 & 3 is nursed and Baby 1 receives a bottle. On the third feeding session, Baby 1 & 3 is at the breast while Baby 2 takes the bottle…and so forth.
Tandem breastfeeding:Breastfeed the babies all after each other and two at a time. This is a good way to increase milk supply.
Tips on Breastfeeding Triplets, Quads or more
Drink plenty of fluids and eat well. Read more about breastfeeding diet guidelines.
If you don’t drink enough water, your supply will not be as much as it could be.
Try to get into a
breastfeeding routine, so that your babies have synchronized feeding and sleeping times.
Always make sure you are not breastfeeding from one breast more than
the other, this could result in one breast becoming less full than the
Try keeping a written diary of when you breastfeed each baby, this
will ensure that each baby gets the bonding and nutrition needed on the breast.
Try to alternate breasts with each baby, this is so that the babies
don't become accustomed to only one side and to prevent lopsidedness, which could occur if one baby sucks a little stronger than the others.
Breastfeeding triplets and more
~ Interesting fact ~
The chances of having triplets is 1 in 945, the chances of having quadruplets is 1 in 17 700 and the chances of having quintuplets is 1 in every 156 000