Breastfeeding Twins | 15 Essential Items

January 25, 2016

Breastfeeding twins essential items

15 Essential Items for Tandem Breastfeeding Twins

  1. Your Couch. Use the free couch in your living room to set up your “breastfeeding station” during the day.
  2. Double-wide Rocker + Ottoman. Skip the standard-size gliders and get an oversized rocker wide enough to fit a twin nursing pillow and ample foot/leg support. A chair like this is great to grow with your twin’s bedtime routine too! Dorel Asia Double Rocker $375 Baby Relax Hadley Nursery Storage Ottoman $100
  3. Two Support Pillows. Small U-shaped pillows provide a safe location for each baby while migrating to the “breastfeeding station.” The pillow can also serve as a tool when feeding one baby at a time. Original Boppy Nursing Pillow and Positioner $50 each
  4. Twin Nursing Pillow. A U-shaped pillow allows your babies to be cradled comfortably on each side of you. Pillow back support will aid in healthy posture. My Brest Friend Twins Plus Feeding Pillow $75
  5. Nipple Shield. You might need this if your nipples need a break from the pain while feeding or if your babies need to wean from the bottle to breast due to NICU feedings. Phillips Avent Nipple Protector $8 pair
  6. Receiving Blankets. Receiving blankets help with positioning, propping and clean-up. Aden + Anais Swaddleplus Safari Friends $32
  7. Breastfeeding App. Keep track of which breast you offered which baby, the amount of time and more! MyMedela Breastfeeding Companion Free!
  8. Water Bottle. Keep a water bottle in your key locations for Mama to stay hydrated. 
  9. Hospital-grade Breast Pump. If your babies are in the NICU or not latching properly, use a high-quality pump for at least the first 3 months to establish your milk supply. Your insurance may cover the cost of the rental.
  10. Pump Bra. If your babies do not drain your breasts completely or you supplement with formula after a feeding, pumping immediately is key to building supply. A pump bra will free your hands to multitask! PumpEase Hands-Free Pump Bra $38
  11. Double Electric Breast Pump. Once your milk is fully established and meeting demand, a travel pump is easier to move. Medela pump in style advanced breast pump $350
  12. 2-3 Extra Sets of Pump Parts. Extra pump parts will save you time so you can wash once or twice a day verses after every use. Nenesupply Replacement Kit for Medela Pump Parts $13 each
  13. Steam Cleaning Bags. Clean your pump parts quickly verses hand or dish washing. Medela Quick Clean Micro-Steam Bags $5 for five
  14. Nipple Cream + Soothing Gel Pads. Nipple cream and soothing gel pads can help curb the pain while your nipples adjust to breastfeeding. Body Bootique Nipple Cream $15 Lansinoh Soothies Gel Pads $9 pair
  15. Nursing Pads. In the early weeks of breastfeeding, nursing pads placed in your bra can help to absorb leaky boobs. Knickernappies Stay Dry Nursing Pads $13 set