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While many of the couples get to know beforehand that they are expecting twins, it may come as a surprise to some. Having twins or multiples can double your joy of having a baby, but it brings with it a whole lot of extra responsibilities and burden. Most of the couples start preparing well in advance to take proper care of their babies once they join the family.
How much you plan about your roles and responsibilities as a mother, it is an entirely different situation with the baby. In the case of twins or multiples, the situation might only be worse of one does not remain calm. A newborn must be breastfed as the mother’s milk contains all the essential nutrients required for baby’s growth. However, in case of having more than one baby to be fed at the same time, breastfeeding can be both tricky and tiring for the mother. Most often, women tend to get tired with feeding the babies together throughout the day. However, this is something mothers do willingly out of love for their babies.
If the mother is feeding more than one baby, it is essential that your diet is extremely enriching. All the nutrients like carbohydrates, proteins and vitamins must be present in your diet. The body gets worked out in the process of working round the clock to feed and take care of the babies. A healthy diet containing a variety of fruits, vegetables, dairy products and cereals satisfies the body’s dietary requirements. It is also required to keep up the body’s milk production, as sufficient milk will be needed to meet the needs of both the babies.
Start early to make a feeding schedule. If you feed the babies at the same time, it would give you some time to recuperate, take rest and also to complete other household chores. Trying to feed babies whenever they feel hungry is a cumbersome process. You can also invest in a breast pump if you want. An electric pump can be purchased to pump milk and store it in bottles. In this manner, you can us a combination of bottle and breastfeeding to provide complete nourishment to your babies. One can get a pump on rent from hospital as well.
Handling twins and multiples can be quite difficult, especially for the mother. Apart from feeding the babies, another herculean task that awaits the mommas is putting all the babies to sleep. It is essential that you make it a habit for the babies to sleep at the same time. You could take turns with each baby to put him/her to sleep. Your husband can be of help in this process. It will be difficult for a few days, as one baby may wake up due to crying noises of the other and it may keep you up all night. But after some days, you will get accustomed and things will get better as the babies start following a pattern.
It has been advised by experts that young twins must be put together in the same crib while sleeping. This gives them a feeling of security in sleeping calmly. This is due to the primary reason that the babies have spent 9 months together in the womb, so it is evident that it will be soothing and comforting for them to be close to each other and feel each other’s touch. Here it is also worth mentioning that depending on your routine and your babies’ habits, you can invent your own little tricks to put the babies to sleep.
One very important factor in taking good care of twins and multiples is to never shy in taking help from others. Taking care of multiple babies is no easy task, and people around you, especially your friends and family are surely going to understand your situation. Divide responsibilities among yourselves to ease out your burden. For example, you can ask your mother-in-law to cook and your husband to change the babies’ diapers. All this is going to give you a little time to rest and enjoy, it is imperative that the mother gets time to relax in the rigorous schedule, in order to maintain the energy levels and remain in good health. It is important that you stay fit in order to take care of your babies. Another tip in this regard is talking to any of your friends, acquaintances or distant relatives that may also have had multiple babies. You will surely get some useful tips from their experience and they will help you solve your problems.