First Trimester

Q&A: Producing Enough Breastmilk For Multiples?

I’m nervous I won’t be able to produce enough milk to breastfeed multiple babies. Does the body naturally allow for this or do I have to do things to up my supply?

The amount of milk you produce actually has nothing to do with how many babies you have – it’s all about how much and how often you breastfeed or pump. So whether you have one baby, twins, or more, your body should compensate by producing more milk, the more you breastfeed (or pump). 

The key is to start pumping or breastfeeding right after the babies are born, so make sure your doctors and nurses know of your breastfeeding plans in advance. If you’re having trouble breastfeeding at first, many hospitals offer lactation specialists on staff to help show you the basics. These nurses are specially trained and are there to lend all of their insight, encouragement, and advice – so take advantage!

By Karen Moise, RN