Guidance for Health Professionals on Feeding Twins, Triplets and Higher Order Multiples

The Multiple Births Foundation (UK), 2011.

This guidance is about aspects of infant feeding which are specific to multiples. Where there is information already available on infant feeding which is relevant for multiples, we have referred to these documents and not covered them in detail.

The topics covered in this guidance include feeding with breastmilk, feeding the sick or preterm baby, expressing milk, sterilisation of equipment, formula feeding and starting solids. Triplets and higher order multiples are covered within these sections and also in a separate section.

While breastfeeding has been covered extensively in this guidance, we recognise that not all multiples will be exclusively breastfed and have included information about all aspects of feeding. We recognise that the feeding needs of multiples will vary at different stages and ages, so the guidance should be used flexibly. For example, the section on expressed milk is relevant for feeding the sick or preterm baby, and for the mother who is expressing for other reasons.

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