Re: Breastfeeding twins, how else can I increase production?
Everyone produces milk more per pumping session when they pump to replace nursing than when they pump in addition to nursing. Everyone. Your babies are nursing to get some of the milk directly so you aren't able to get as much when you pump. That's normal. It can take awhile, but pumping after nursing will eventually increase your supply.
Originally Posted by @llli*twincon
There is always milk; it's just that the milk gets more difficult to get out as the breast becomes emptier. The problem with bottles is that babies don't learn to work for that milk. I'm sure it is super hard with twins and not all of this may work in that situation, but here are some things that I did with my son to calm him enough to nurse when he would fuss at the breast: Rock him while nursing; bounce him on my knee while nursing him; walk around while nursing him (I'm not sure how possible that is with twins - two slings maybe?); nurse him outside; nurse him in the bath. Hopefully some mamas of twins here will have some more twin specific suggestions.
If there is no milk coming out after a let down and the babies are crying and frustrated, what is the next option other than break down and give them the pumped breast milk? I do not want to keep re-latching them over and over if there is no milk.
As difficult and frustrating as it is, taking a nursing vacation (no pumping, no bottles) with your babies absolutely is the best way to up your supply and get your babies more proficient at nursing. Just work on finding some ways to soothe them while they nurse so they don't get so frustrated at the breast. Bottles are only going to make that worse.
K. Sophia - Mama to my little lactivore, the amazing Mr. X (11/10).