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Should I breastfeed my twins (or triplets)?

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If you give birth to twins or triplets, the benefits of breastfeeding to you and your children are the same as for all mothers and infants.1,2 Some women think that breastfeeding more than one infant will be overwhelming; however, it can be done with special planning and preparation.

Most mothers are able to make plenty of milk for twins. Many mothers of triplets (three infants) or quadruplets (four infants) are able to provide enough milk to breastfeed their infants completely or partially. When a mother breastfeeds partially, she supplements her breast milk with human milk from another source or with an infant formula.3

For more information on breastfeeding multiple infants, visit the HHS Office of Women's Health resources on breastfeeding and special situations.


  1. La Leche League International. (2008, November 12). FAQs on breastfeeding and twins. Retrieved April 27, 2012, from http://www.llli.org/faq/twins.html External Web Site Policy [top]
  2. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office on Women's Health. (2010, August 1). Breastfeeding: Common breastfeeding challenges: Breastfeeding and special situations: Twins or multiples. Retrieved April 27, 2012, from http://www.womenshealth.gov/breastfeeding/common-challenges/#k [top]
  3. HHS Office on Women's Health. (2010, August 1). Breastfeeding: Common breastfeeding challenges: Breastfeeding and special situations: Twins or multiples. Retrieved April 27, 2012, from http://www.womenshealth.gov/breastfeeding/common-challenges/#k [top]

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