I wanted to collect and keep in a single post pictures of twins nursing and nursing while babywearing. Everything I’ve ever seen work for anybody during my time working with twins and twin parents. Check back at the permanent sticky page at the top of the blog for updates! Twins are a special gift with tons of success to be found in the challenge of raising two babies at once.
The first position I have seen work very often is called the “laid back” position. It is great in bed with pillows for support or as shown here in a glider, using the arm rests for support and with the footrest up.
Gravity works for you as it holds the baby to you and the pulling is reduced because baby is no longer fighting gravity to hold their head up. Baby feeds more upright reducing gas intake, and head support is provided by the sides of moms arm. mom should be well supported and relaxed, able to fully enjoy nursing.
Little boy is cross cradled and little girl is in a bit of a football hold. this one is good with littler babies.
Babies 5 months and up can often sit up and nurse while facing mom, sometimes holding the breast themselves
Here a Ringsling is helping me burp an hold one baby while nursing the other. The large Dutalier Cadenza really helps support all of this tandem nursing activity.
Here I am nursing one while wearing another in a Monte Grano Glider. My sling is an Elephant Ears exclusive Girasol. I tucked the tail of the ringsling out of the way to reveal the baby and the nursing position , but the tail is great for coverage if you desire it.
Here I am using the sling for one baby, and getting her latched on while little boy waits for a minute.
Now baby boy joins in, and the sling allows you to relax and occasionally adjust a latch or a foot or grab a swig from a water bottle.
Here we are with a baby in a high rucksack carry on my back in a woven wrap. The scenario for this baby is, she just ate and now is thinking about falling asleep. I put her on my back in a wrap and now I am hands free to feed and tend to her brother.
Say that the baby on your back got antsy and wouldnt let you sit there and nurse. you can step into a ringsling, spread it over the back over the babe, and load baby 2 on the front and you can nurse while walking around and swaying to soothe the baby on your back. There is a video instructional for this move in my twin link on the sidebar.
Make sure if you are going to use a pillow to nurse, that it brings the baby all the way up to your breast level, not forcing you to hunch over. I’m not a big fan of nursing pillows, but I am a big fan of variety. It can be nice to have at the begining to use as shown, when the babies are really little to do a double football hold. Babies have their feet pointing back toward the back of the chair, fully supported on the U shaped pillow. A nursing pillow like this Little Star or 2 regular bed pillows will really help with this. Most Moms of twins that I go to are not finding their pillow to be helpful for very long. I actually have taken 3 various pillows away at the mothers request this year on home visits because the mothers felt they were totally unused. I think it really depends on who you are.
I hope to continue to build this resource as I walk my path helping many moms of multiples along my way. Please feel free to comment and I will post pictures of any new positions as the surface.
Tandem Nursing is an amazing adventure. I am so glad to have walked this path, though not as a mom of twins, as a mom of children close in age, and I hope to support anyone on this journey, or hoping to be.