Blessed with twins, my sister was ecstatic when she brought her darlings home. But soon she was complaining that her back hurt and she was tired all the time. She was religiously doing all she had been told at the hospital, but her babies cried all day, did not sleep well and she was exhausted! When I visited her she was at her wits end.
I soon realized that her back hurt because she was holding her babies to breastfeed while supporting their weight on her arms as they were uncomfortable when she lay on her side to feed them. Her kids were cranky because they were simply hungry as her arms hurt while breastfeeding and she stopped when she thought the baby was settled. Having two tiny ones to look after is never easy but she had to learn to manage!
Welcome to the World of Nursing Pillows
After soothing her and promising to be back, I went straight to the store and hunted for a nursing pillow. I was looking for a crescent shape one that was wide enough to hold two babies. It was perfect, curved and soft with a firm shape. It even had a slip cover that could be detached and washed. It was just what she needed; the straps were snug but not uncomfortable. I looked for a piece that was curved enough to fit her belly when she was 5-6 months as that is the size that she would need. Nursing pillows do not come with a size tag, so I had to be a little choosy here!
A Nursing Pillow will protect my sister’s back as it will bring the babies closer to the breast rather than having her bend down putting pressure on her back and neck.
The Joys of the Nursing Pillow
The next day saw me going back to the chaos I had left behind me. Quickly I settled both babies on both sides with her palms supporting their heads. Leaning slightly, she helped the babies latch on and settled them on the pillow. With a slight support to avoid neck strain as the babies were so young, she settled down to feed them. With a smile on my face, I left them to the wonders of bonding over breastfeeding.
She called me a week later, gushing with joy! The back pain and arm pain was gone, and her husband used the nursing pillow to bottle feed the babies. She was happy that he could share the most precious feeling of feeding their children with her. She was even using the pillow for tummy time, or placing the babies on their stomachs to ease colic. Night time was pillow time for her as she tucked it about her stomach to ease the residual pain of surgery. All’s well that ends well!
Here’s more about tandem/simultaneous nursing and positioning for twins.
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