1. It may be that one or both of your babies have to spend time in special care after they are born. If you can't breastfeed straight away, start expressing your first milk (colostrum) as soon as possible after the birth.
2. As experts recommend, use a hospital-grade breastpump to build up you milk supply. Double pumping your breasts can maximise the amount of milk you express and save you time at each expressing session.
3. Set a routine, it doesn't have to be totally rigid but it gives you a structure to work with so you don't feel so overwhelmed.
4. You can breastfeed both babies at the same time. Latching both on can take a while, because one can fall off as the other latches on, but it's definitely possible. You can ask your midwife or health visitor for help with this.
5. Planning ahead and getting support from family and friends will really help.
6. When you have twins, you really don’t need to have two of everything!
7. If you can find the time, keep a note of feeding times. Note down which baby was on which breast last, and how many wet nappies each baby has had.
There is plenty of support available; these organisations offer advice and support for mums of twins and more:
- The Australian Multiple Births Association (Amba) has a network of local groups offering parent-to-parent support.
- The Multiple Births Foundation has plenty of free leaflets and guides.