A Singaporean mum's story of tandem nursing and extended breastfeeding
"Nursing two babies is one the hardest things I've ever done..."
We can’t stop talking about the benefits of breastfeeding. And why should we? It’s constantly being upheld by top health authorities as the gold standard in nutrition for babies. It’s a living, breathing, miracle food that you produce, changing constantly to meet the nutritional needs of your growing child.
In sum, there’s no other food on earth – natural or artificial – that can match the superpowers of breastmilk. It’s also tough to pinpoint another parent-child activity that can provide the same amount of bonding that nursing a child facilitates.
Singaporean mum Sin-Yee Tan knows all this, and that’s why, this breastfeeding week, we choose to highlight her remarkable tandem nursing and extended breastfeedingstory.
- Educate yourself about breastfeeding multiples before giving birth. Sin-Yee recommends the book, Mothering Multiples: Breastfeeding and Caring for Twins or More by Karen Kerkhoff Gromada for practical tips.
- Book a prenatal session with an IBCLC, preferably one with a lot of experience with multiples.
- Join an online breastfeeding support group for mums with multiples.
- Pick a BFHI (Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative) certified hospital with in-house IBCLCs. Sin-Yee explains how she received a lot of support from not only from the IBCLCs, but also from knowledgeable and encouraging nurses who didn’t push formula at the tiniest whimper. The encouragement to room in with her twins helped her nurse on demand and ensured that my milk supply was adequate for my boys.
“Despite what people tell you, it is possible for the majority of women to breastfeed twins, given the right support and knowledge. Don’t let your confinement lady, family members nor colleagues tell you what to do. Knowledge is power, and gives you confidence to stand up to naysayers and stand by what you believe.”