Links

Breastfeeding Multiples

Online discussion groups

AP Multiples - Yahoo group; worldwide participation
Mothering Multiples: Breastfeeding and Caring for Twins or More - Facebook page
Parenting Multiples Forum - Mothering.com

Personal sites

Home this site
Oh Yes You Can Breastfeed Twins!

Foreign languages

French
Italian
Spanish (LLL) and  Multilacta

Simultaneous breastfeeding

Photos this site
Breastfeeding.com
Raising Twins – Links to Nursing Twins photos

Nursing pillows designed for simultaneous breastfeeding

  • Each baby’s head should be higher than hips during any type of feeding

Double Blessings (EZ-2-Nurse)
My Brest Friend (Twins Plus)

  • Links to information about milk expression “how-to” and breast pumps is under “Other Births/Parenting Sites” below

Multiple Pregnancy & Birth Sites

Multiple Birth Preparation

Marvelous Multiples

  • Marvelous Multiples – Spanish language page

Storknet Multiple Pregnancy – General information

Multiple Births: DVDs or Videotapes

Natural Delivery of Vertex Twins (scroll down)
Natural Birth of Twins and Triplets

Associations for Parents of Multiples

Argentina
Australia
Brazil
Canada
Czechoslovakia
Finland
France
Hungary
Ireland
Italy
Japan
New Zealand
Norway
South Africa
Sweden
United Kingdom
United States

Associations for Parents of Higher-Order Multiples

Australia
Germany
United States

Multiples-related Organizations

Center for the Study of Multiple Birth
International Twins Association
International Society for Twin Studies
The Multiple Births Foundation
The Twins Foundation

Parenting Multiples and Special Situations

Babywearing two – “how to” photos and articles

Photos this site
Babywearing and multiples
Heart to Heart – Wearing twins
Kozy Carrier (Scroll to Wearing two babies at the same time!)
Moby Wrap – Twin Cradle Hold and Twin Upright instructions
New Native Baby
Over the Shoulder Baby Holder (scroll to Great for use with Twins!)
Precious Image Creations (babywearing top/shirt with twins)
Slings and More!
Storchenwiege (scroll to Twins and Multiples)
Wear Your Baby
YouTube – list of babywearing twins videos

  • Links to babywearing slings and carriers  is under “Products/Infant” below

Publications

Twins Magazine

Grief Support

Center for Loss in Multiple Birth
Elizabeth A. Pector, MD
Multiple Births: Bereavement Support
Multiple Births Canada Loss of Multiples Support Network
National Twin Loss Support (Australia)
Twinless Twins International Support Group
Twinloss New Zealand

Monoamniotic Twins

Monoamniotic Monochorionic Support Site

School/Education and Multiples

Classroom Placement of Twins
Twins and Multiples: The School Years
TwinsLaw – School placement law by state (USA)

Sleep – Research of twin infants

Sleeping arrangements of twin infants

Twin-to-Twin Transfusion Syndrome (TTTS)

Australia Twin to Twin Transfusion Syndrome
United Kingdom Twin2Twin
United States Twin to Twin Transfusion Syndrome Foundation

Zygosity Testing (at-home DNA testing kits; most will mail worldwide)

Affiliated Genetics (USA)
DDC – DNA Diagnostics Centre (UK)
DNA Solutions (Order Twin Zygosity Test, unless a pediatric specialist suggests otherwise) (USA-based; worldwide locations)
Proactive Genetics (USA)
Warnex Pro-DNA (Canada)

Other Helpful Pregnancy/Birth-Related Sites

Doulas Birth and Postpartum Support

DONA International

High-Risk Pregnancy/Bed rest

Pregnancy bed rest (Judith Maloni, PhD, RN, FAAN)
Sidelines

Other Helpful Parenting Sites

Attachment Parenting

Attachment Parenting International

Breastfeeding/Lactation

Association of Breastfeeding Mothers (UK)
Australian Breastfeeding Association
Breastfeeding USA
International Lactation Consultant Association (Find a Lactation Consultant)
La Leche League International (LLL Leaders/groups worldwide)

Latch/attachment at breast – baby-led, laid-back breastfeeding

Baby-led attachment at breast
Biological nurturing – Laid back breastfeeding (video clip)
Your Baby Knows How to Latch-on (online video)

Providing mother’s milk for babies in the NICU

Breastfeeding Your Hospitalized Baby (online booklet)

Breast pump technique 

Maximizing Milk Production with Hands On Pumping (online video)

Breast pumps and other breastfeeding aids/devices

Comparison of breast pump type

Exploring the World of Breast Pumps (S Knorr, 2007)
Recommending a Breast Pump (Lactation Education Resources, 2009)

  • Most mothers obtain more milk in less time when they use a hospital-grade, double, electric RENTAL breast pump until all multiple-birth infants can latch deeply/comfortably, suckle actively (and swallows are heard) 8 or more times a day, and produce the appropriate number of wet and stool diapers for adequate weight gain.

Breast pump rental/sales

Ameda Breastfeeding Products
Hygeia
Medela

Supplemental feeding devices

Hygeia Supplemental Feeders
Lact-Aid International, Inc.
Medela Special Feeding Devices

Human Milk Banks

Human Milk Banking Association of North America (HMBANA)
International Milk Banking Initiative

Human milk sharing networks (not banked human milk)

Eats on Feets
Human Milk 4 Human Babies

Children/Multiples with Special Needs

Federation for Children With Special Needs
Parents of Children With Special Needs (USA)
Sensory Processing Disorder Foundation

Infant Care/Infant CPR Classes

American Red Cross (local referral)

  • Ask your obstetric care provider if infant care classes are available in your area

Infant Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)

Infant Reflux Disease
Pollywog (breastfeeding positioning pillow for babies with reflux/GERD)

Infant Massage

Infant massage USA

  • Ask your pediatric care providers if infant massage classes are available in your area

Infertility Support and Information

American Society for Reproductive Medicine (information, referral)
Resolve, The National Infertility Association (support, local referral)

Maternal Body Image

Twin pregnancy photo sequence

The Shape of a Mother – postpartum

Postpartum Mood Disorders – Depression or Anxiety Disorders

Postpartum Depression – UppityScienceChick.com

Postpartum Support International (PSI)

Post-traumatic Stress Disorder Multiple Births - Trauma and Birth Stress (TABS)

Postpartum Exercise

Baby Boot Camp
Strollercize

StrollerStrides

School/Education

Products – Infant

Babywearing  - Slings/Carriers

Cuddle Karrier (hip carrier)
Ergo Baby
Heart to Heart
MaxiMom (twin or triplet infants carrier)
Maya Wrap
Moby Wrap
New Native Baby Carrier
Over the Shoulder Baby Holder
Precious Image Creations (babywearing shirts/tops)
Weego Twin

Childproofing

One Step Ahead
Totsafe

Cribs/Cots and Hammocks

Arm’s Reach Co-Sleeper
Graco Pack ‘n Play with Twin Bassinet

D-only drops  - Infant vitamin D

Ddrops 400 IU (drop may be placed on nipple to give when feeding)

  • Ddrops information in French language

Sunlight Vitamins – Just D 400 IU

Double to Quadruple Strollers and Prams

Baby Jogger (several double or triple models)
Baby Trend

Bob
Chicco
Combi
Double Decker & Triple Decker
Inglesina
inStep
Jeep 
Kelty
Maclaren
Mountain Buggy
Peg Perego
Runabout™ (“add-a-seat”)
Schwinn
Tike Tech
Valco Baby
Zooper

Eco-friendly Diapers or Pull-ons

Diaper service

Real Diaper Industry Association directory

Cloth and disposable – reusable or biodegradable or compostable

Attitude
gDiapers
Nature Babycare
Rump-a-rooz (cloth “grow with” diaper covers)

Shopping Cart Seat Cover for Twins

Multiple Treasures
Shopping Cart Cover Shop

Sleep/Relaxation or Infant Reflux/GERD Aids

HALO SleepSack
H.U.G. Your Baby
Pollywog

Parents of multiples may find snug swaddling helps some babies calm or sleep on their backs (supine) for longer periods of time. However, if not done properly, snug swaddling has also been associated with certain physical problems and may contribute to less safe sleep conditions. Snug swaddling should not be used to lengthen time between babies’ feedings to develop a “schedule” or in place of needed cuddling!

Products – Mother

The Nurturing Mother’s Boutique (see their Twin Connection)

Nursing Bras, Tanks, Clothing and Hands-Free Breast Pumping

Bravado! Designs
Breast is Best Clothing for Nursing Mothers
Expressiva Nursingwear
Leading Lady
Medela intimate apparel

Motherwear
One Hot Mama
PumpEase
Pumpin’ Pal hands-free breast pumping strap
Simple Wishes
Special Edition

“Do it yourself” nursing or hands-free breast pump bras

Hands-free pumping bra
Regular bra to nursing bra
Regular bra to pumping bra

Prenatal Pelvic and Postpartum Diastasis Support

Baby Hugger
Maternity Support
Tupler Technique™ Diastasis Rehab Splint (postpartum abdominal muscles)
Prenatal Cradle at Perinatal Cares
Mom-EZ

Multiple Birth/Parenting Experts

Multiple Pregnancy

Barbara Luke, MPH, ScD; author, When You’re Expecting Twins, Triplets or Quads: Proven Guidelines for a Healthy Multiple Pregnancy (3rd ed, 2011)

Parenting Multiples

Pamela Prindle Fierro, author of About.com Twins & Multiples and three parenting multiples books

Language Development

Are multiples more likely to be delayed and why?
Twins: Development and language

Psychology of Multiples

Nancy L. Segal, PhD; author, Entwined Lives: Twins and What They Tell Us About Human Behavior (2000)

Parenting Experts (General)

Breastfeeding – including special situations

Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine (Clinical Protocols)
Breastfeeding After Breast and Nipple Surgery - Diana West, BA, IBCLC
Breastfeeding Made Simple – Nancy Mohrbacher, IBCLC, FILCA and Kathleen Kendall-Tackett, PhD, IBCLC, FAPA
International Breastfeeding Centre – Dr. Jack Newman
Kellymom.com – Evidence-based breastfeeding information
Low Milk Supply - Lisa Marasco, IBCLC and Diana West, IBCLC
Medications in Mothers’ Milk – Thomas W. Hale, PhD, RPh

  • Infant Risk Center – Medications during pregnancy and lactation
  • LactMed – National Library of Medicine – drugs and lactation database

MOBI Motherhood, International – Mothers Overcoming Breastfeeding Issues

Childcare – attachment parenting, sleep, colic, toddler discipline, the gamut!

Helen Ball, PhD – Parent-Infant Sleep Lab,
James J. McKenna, PhD – Mother-Baby Behavioral Sleep Laboratory, University of Notre Dame
Jay Gordon, MD, FAAP, IBCLC
Elizabeth Pantley - “No cry” solutions
Ask Dr. Sears - Drs. William, Jim, Bob and Peter (pediatricians and authors)

Infant growth charts

CDC Infant Growth Charts (from WHO standards – based on breastfed infants)

Infant Sign Language

American Sign Language (ASL) Browser – videos for words
Baby Sign Language
Sign With Me

Kangaroo Mother Care (KMC)

Nils Bergman, MD - KMC- parent-baby skin-to-skin contact

Preterm Birth

March of Dimes
Surviving the NICU

Special Needs or Challenging Children

The Out of Sync Child - Carol Kranowitz, MA (2nd ed, 2006)
Spirited Child  - Mary Sheedy Kurcinka (author of several related books)