Pelvic Floor Therapy: The Definitive Guide to Relief

Pelvic Floor therapy is something that nobody wants to talk about it, but it is something I need to address. Pelvic Floor Therapy is a sensitive topic that few women like to discuss in public–even with friends and family members, yet it is something that affects a MASSIVE population of women. More than one-third of American women have a Pelvic Floor Disorder, with almost one-quarter of females in the US suffering from more than one of these severe disorders. These disorders worsen with age, and nearly 400,000 women underwent pelvic organ prolapse surgery in a recent year.

 

The good news is that thanks to the wonders of modern medicine, more and more ladies are seeking relief for their pelvic pain problems, by way of an efficient and therapeutic procedure known as pelvic floor therapy.

 

 

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Pelvic Floor Therapy

 

What exactly is the pelvis, anyways?

 

The pelvis just may be the most misidentified and difficult to pinpoint anatomical region; and indeed, it is even rather difficult to describe the precise location of the pelvis in the human body. The pelvis comprises the area between the thighs and the abdomen (a component of the lower trunk of the human anatomy). The term pelvis also encompasses its bone components, otherwise known as the pelvic skeleton or the bony pelvis.

 

Who needs pelvic floor therapy? 

As noted, many types of women with a vast variety of pelvic conditions may find themselves in need of pelvic floor therapy, at some point in their lives. These include:

 

  • Pregnancy and Postpartum: As can be expected, the pelvis–along with the abdomen and other central lower body parts–undergo a great deal of stress, pressure, and change during pregnancy and childbirth; and may not spring immediately back into shape immediately upon the arrival of your bundle from heaven.
  • Pelvic Pain: Both women who experience mild or severe pelvic pain on occasion or during certain activities, and those who sadly must deal with constant discomfort in this sensitive region, may very well be in need of pelvic floor therapy. Sadly, the attainment of this therapy may be delayed because the sufferer is embarrassed to discuss any pain or discomfort originating in a private area, or they may fear that something serious or even life-threatening might be afflicting them. Yet in truth, the process known as pelvic floor therapy can allay or even resolve many instances of pelvic pain.
  • Bathroom Trouble: If you suffer from any number of difficulties in regards to your natural processes, be it incontinence, bladder abnormalities, constipation, bowel movement problems, etc., then you might find relief for these troublesome, embarrassing problems by way of pelvic floor therapy.
  • Menopause: Aside from widely discussed menopausal symptoms such as night sweats and sleep difficulties, that much-discussed change of life called menopause can cause pelvic issues as well. And again, it bears repeating that pelvic floor therapy can help alleviate these problems.
  • Painful Intercourse: The issue of painful sexual intercourse can be a traumatic one in the life of a woman, one that can severely impede her personal life, her marriage, her intimate relationships, and even her sense of femininity, self-esteem, and attractiveness. For these very reasons, it might be very difficult to discuss the quandary of painful intercourse with one’s physician. Yet it is only by sharing the details of this disorder with a trained professional that can you discover its solution; a resolution that also takes the form of pelvic floor therapy.

 

 

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Pelvic Floor Therapy Endometriosis

 

Pelvic Floor Therapy Endometriosis

 

If you find yourself facing these all too common situations, or if you are dealing with related illnesses such as endometriosis (the term pelvic floor therapy endometriosis indicates the use of this brand of therapy to treat that prevalent condition in which tissue which generally lines the uterus is discovered outside this organ and across the surface of others, such as the ovaries, the bladder, the rectum, etc., thus causing pelvic, urinary, and/or bladder pain) or vaginismus, then consult your physician about the possibility and the procedure of pelvic floor therapy. And interestingly enough, males suffering from painful or premature ejaculation also can seek relief by way of pelvic floor therapy.

 

 

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Pelvic Floor Therapy What to Expect

 

Pelvic Floor Therapy What to Expect

 

No one exactly looks forward to pelvic floor therapy, as they fear that the procedure will be painful, invasive and even embarrassing. Yet the good news is that, when it comes to modern pelvic floor therapy, a variety of options are available; many of which are minimally invasive and relatively painless in commission.

 

As far as considering the subject of pelvic floor therapy what to expect, you can seek specific information from your doctor, a mental health professional, or a sex therapist. In general, though, some of the most common and ultra-modern forms of pelvic floor therapy include:

 

  • Vaginal Dilators: This unique form of therapeutic equipment is comfortable and easy to use method for relaxing and easing the pelvic muscles. These comfortable and easily inserted plastic tubes relax the pelvic muscles and are particularly helpful in combating the problem of painful or uncomfortable intercourse. Throughout the course of vaginal dilator therapy, your medical specialist may ask you to experiment with varying and perhaps increasingly larger sizes of vaginal dilator.
  • Manual Pelvic Floor Therapy: A physician may insert their own fingers for the purpose of massaging and/or stretching one’s pelvic muscles, starting with a mild and shallow digital penetration to test the tightness and sensitivity of the pelvic muscles. Although it is to be expected that most pelvic floor therapy patients will experience discomfort or even pain during initial manual pelvic floor therapy treatments, these feelings should ease if the therapy proves successful. Also be sure to research both the therapy itself and the presiding physician before you begin this form of therapy, to ensure that the procedure is properly and ethically performed.
  • Electric Pelvic Floor Therapy: We know what you’re thinking. “Ouuuccchhhh!!!! No way, unh unh!!!!” Yet please hear us out on this one, as this new age and high tech form of pelvic floor therapy ranks among the most efficient and accurate forms of diagnosis and treatment available today. In the electric pelvic floor therapy known as biofeedback, for example, an electronic probe is inserted into the patient’s vagina to record images of the patient’s pelvic floor images, with a computerized image appearing on a nearby screen. And in the form of electric pelvic floor therapy called electrical stimulation, the medical caregiver administers a low voltage electric current that will instruct patients in the movement and coordination of their pelvic muscular contractions.
  • Education: Perhaps the least invasive–and, in some cases, most helpful and certainly most informative–form of pelvic floor therapy is a matter of education. Some patients may not have a good working knowledge of their personal and reproductive systems. This may be because they originate from a conventional family in which such matters were never discussed, or because they may come from an impoverished background in which physical and health-related education was not readily available. This brand of education, as attained through books, doctor-approved medical websites, and a top quality pelvic floor therapy video, will inform the patient about the anatomical makeup of their pelvis and its inner working; as well as just how to tell as to when something down there isn’t working! And the patient also should learn about the proper maintenance and hygiene upkeep of one’s pelvic area, as poor hygiene or unhealthful personal practices can contribute to and even cause pelvic health disorders. The pelvic floor therapy video may be particularly helpful, as images can do far more than words in terms of displaying and demonstrating the anatomical location and inner workings of one’s pelvis.

 

 

 

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Pelvic Floor Therapy at Home

 

Pelvic Floor Therapy at Home

Sure, you may just feel a bit sheepish at first while watching this video and perusing these materials; yet just imagine the relief that you will feel as you take your pelvic health in your own hands, perhaps even learning that a simple change in hygiene practices might eliminate your problem–no surgery or intensive therapy needed.

 

  • Pelvic Floor Therapy at Home: Those who may feel uncomfortable with learning about and practicing most forms of pelvic floor therapy may be relieved to know that multiple forms and varieties of pelvic floor therapy at home options are available. Under the care, supervision, and direction of your physician or sex therapist, you may be able to order plastic dilators for use at home, where you’d be far more comfortable using them anyway, as well as books, videos, and other educational materials. And of course, the most popular and widely used form of pelvic floor therapy would have to be…

 

 

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Pelvic Floor Therapy Exercises

 

 

Pelvic Floor Therapy Exercises

Pelvic Floor Therapy Exercises: Many patients are relieved and even excited to learn that–instead of surgery, medicinal drugs or painful treatments, they may indeed be able to exercise away their pelvic pain, discomfort or dysfunction. Exercise is an invigorating and therapeutic form of physical therapy and is ultimately the key to good health. Ah, but before you go rushing into your workout room to put on your favorite aerobicize DVD, keep in mind that–in the big scheme of things–the average jumping jack or sit up ain’t going to do much to help the good ol’ pelvic floor muscles.

 

Rather, pelvic floor exercises (also known most popularly as Kegel exercises) involve the contraction and relaxation of pelvic floor muscles, with the ultimate goal being to strengthen, stretch and elasticize (or make more flexible) those muscles. Pelvic floor therapy exercises lend ultimate strength to those pelvic muscles beneath the bladder, uterus, and bowel. These exercises are known to do wonders for urinary and bowel relief problems. And, of course, they also can help those dealing with painful and/or uncomfortable intercourse and related issues.

 

Are you concerned that you may not be able to master the complex art of the pelvic floor therapy exercise? Well, to accomplish the feat of this exercise, just mimic the moves that you make during another important and relatively everyday physical ritual; one that is most tastefully known as answering the call of nature….

 

Yep. The basic and most essential pelvic floor exercise will feel a lot like going to the bathroom. Ah, but stick with us here; these exercises really work!

 

To perform a basic pelvic floor exercise, follow this step by step procedure:

 

  • Empty your bladder.
  • Clench your pelvic floor muscles and count to 10.
  • Release the pelvic floor muscles and once again, count to 10.
  • Complete 10 repetitions of this process, thrice daily.

 

 

 

 

After you listen to the podcast on pelvic floor exercises, be sure to consult your physician to make sure pelvic floor exercise is right for you. Also consult books, videos and physician-approved websites for details and demonstrations of these and other pelvic floor therapy exercises.

 

Also know that, on today’s market, a number of aids are available to facilitate all manner of pelvic floor therapy exercises. These include but are not limited to manual and electric exercisers, and kegel aids shaped in the form of common objects such as roses and eggs.

 

 



 

 

Although many people approach the concept of pelvic floor therapy with some shyness and trepidation, many find that the results of this therapy are affirming and life changing in nature. Depending on their specific pelvic problem, they may find their love life restored and rejuvenated and their marriages and relationships saved; their bathroom schedules returned to normal and their daily schedules and lives restored, not to mention their overall peace of mind; and their lives freed from the pain and discomfort that has held them captive for far too long.

 

To find out more about pelvic floor therapy near me, please visit Knocked-Upfitness.com

  

 

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What I know now… About Infant Sleep

When our first baby arrived in my family, we almost couldn’t believe it when he slept for a 5 hour stretch at just 3 weeks old. We’d heard all the sleep-deprivation, nightmare stories from our friends who assured us that a good night’s sleep would be a distant memory for at least 6 months. Of course, he didn’t always sleep 5 hours at a time, which we found out the next night, but he was generally a very good sleeper. We reveled in our new parenting prowess!

Then… along came our second baby boy… This little one had the most erratic sleeping patterns (or so we thought- he actually had no pattern at all). What were we doing wrong? Why didn’t he sleep like his brother? Now it’s many (MANY) years later, and since working with postpartum families for 2 years as the Director’s Assistant in the office, I’ve learned that our first was the exception, and his brother was much more typical.

Have you ever heard of “circadian rhythms”? Well, they are what the body and brain develop to regulate temperature, wakefulness and sleep. We are not born with them. They develop over the first 16+ weeks of a new baby’s life, and of course the sleep rhythms develop last. So what can you do as new parents to help? Studies show that the sleep circadian rhythms can be influenced by exposure to light and dark. Creating a nightly routine will help your baby create melatonin during the night, which will help her sleep for longer stretches. It can take several weeks to achieve stretches longer than two or three hours, and it will vary from infant to infant (and if you have multiples, they are VERY UNLIKELY to develop the same pattern!).

The vast majority of doctors do not recommend trying to “sleep train” babies before 4 months. They have so much going on internally in the beginning! Think about it- their stomachs are teeny, so they get hungry often, which wakes them up. Their bladders are teeny, so they urinate more often, which wakes them up. Their hearing develops, so they become more sensitive to sounds, which wake them up. And so much more…

And guess what? Newborn babies will sleep up to 20 hours in a day. But if they’re not sleeping longer than 2 hours at a time, doesn’t that mean they’ll wake up oh, about 100 times??? Yes. Yes, it does. Guess what else? At 4 months, they undergo one of their biggest growth and developmental spurts. So what you’re saying is just when those rhythm things are getting started, baby is going to stop sleeping well again??? Yes. Yes, that’s what I’m saying. It’s almost unfair, isn’t it? And believe me, you’re not alone in feeling frustrated.

As the scheduler at Welcome Baby Care, I talk to parents all the time about this. Now, I’m not a trained doula, or even a professional infant caregiver. I’ve learned all this from our staff and from reading articles and studies. You bet I wish I’d known it when my boys were babies! Which is why I’m telling you. You don’t have to be a professional to know how it’s done, but it definitely helps to know why it’s so different for different babies! You’re not doing it wrong- babies have been developing this way since forever. If you need help getting enough sleep some nights, work out a trade off with your spouse/partner. Ask a friend or relative to stay the night once in a while. Or call me. I get it, I’ve been there, and I will work hard to help you get sleep you need!

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For Baby Care Basics, Check Out Our Latest Publications!

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Take care of your baby, take care of you with baby care help from the pros!

 

Just when you thought you’d researched and searched everything there was to read about your newborn(s), we’re here to tell you that we’ve consolidated the best, most up-to-date, evidence-based information into a couple of publications that are easy to navigate and filled with the solid information that provides new parents help as they navigate the newborn waters. Skip the hours-long Google searches!

 

While our postpartum doulas can’t be everywhere all the time, you can benefit from the collective knowledge of the postpartum and newborn experts with two new publications from Welcome Baby Care.

 

Baby: Week to Week walks you through the baby care basics that will benefit you with each week of your baby’s development. What can you expect at three weeks of age? What do you have to look forward to down the line? How can you prepare in advance? Savor each week of your baby’s newborn-ness with a book that highlights and celebrates the milestones, while showing you exactly what you need to know when you need to know it.

 

Caring for Your Newborn and Yourself goes beyond newborn knowledge into new mom help as well. When we have babies, naturally we are concerned with heir health, wellbeing and development. But what about Mom? This book not only answers your in-the-trench questions about your baby or babies, it shows you exactly what kind of care new moms and dads need as well.

 

As always, our team of postpartum doulas is here to answer your questions and provide the tangible help you need as you adjust to new parenthood. Have a question about lactation? Need a little overnight help? Give us a call today!

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Lactation Support for New Moms – Getting a Strong Start

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If you’ve opted for breastfeeding, support starts right away

 

As more scientific research is released regarding the positive benefits of breastfeeding, hospitals and doctors are increasingly encouraging new mothers to breastfeed, and providing the tangible support that can help them do that successfully right from the start.

 

Here’s what you can expect…

 

After the birth of your baby or babies you may have several visits from a lactation counselor (LC) and may find that your nurses are also well equipped to get you off on the right foot. While it will take a couple of days for your milk to come in, most hospitals, if they know you are planning to breastfeed, will help you get Baby to breast and will set you up with a pump in your room. Some LCs will also encourage skin-to-skin contact, which promotes healthy bonding with your baby as well as a healthy milk supply.

 

Colostrom, also known as “liquid gold” is the nutrient rich “milk before the milk” and you want to make sure your baby gets as much of it as possible. If you are not rooming with your baby because she’s in a special care nursery or NICU, your nurse or LC may provide you with colostrum catchers like a small syringe. Plastic spoon also works. This will allow you to bring your milk to your little one. Even a few drops on the lips or on the inside of the cheek can be a benefit to a new baby.

 

New mom lactation support will also come in the form of measures to help you increase and maintain supply. The first step is to get Baby to breast early and often. Pumping with a hospital grade pump is also recommended. The body is wired to supply in order to meet demand so by feeding and pumping frequently, you are conditioning your body to produce the milk that your baby or babies will need.

 

If supply is an issue, more feeding and pumping is the first step. Beyond that, your LC or nurse may provide you with a lactation tea or supplement. You’ll also want to practice good self-care. While supplements can be helpful, they are not a substitute for proper sleep, diet and hydration. Reach out to family and friends for healthy meals, sleep whenever you can and keep drinking the water!

 

Lactation support also ends up being emotional support. Breastfeeding, though “natural” is not easy. It takes a lot of time and effort and at times even the most dedicated moms can’t carry out the nursing plans they’d designed prior to the birth of their babies. The postpartum period is hormonal and emotional. Don’t be surprised if your LC is there just to cheerlead your efforts or offer a hug.

 

At Welcome Baby Care, it’s our mission to help new moms breastfeed successfully if this is what they have decided to do. Our Lactation Support Team provides in-home visits as well as phone consultations to help you breastfeed successfully and troubleshoot any issues you may be having. Have a question? Give our experts a call today.

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Night Doula to the Rescue

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Night help when you need it most!

 

When was the last time you heard anyone talk about night nurses? Something that was, in other parts of history, quite common, is no longer a go-to resource when crossing the barren wilderness of sleeplessness following the birth of a newborn. On the other hand, you probably don’t have to think too hard to remember the last time a new parent looked at you with that blank, bleary-eyed stare.

 

Sleep deprivation isn’t just uncomfortable and unpleasant, it’s a significant health risk. Driving while sleep deprived can be as dangerous as driving while intoxicated. Post-delivery healing slows, immunity decreases, depression creeps in, tempers flare, relationships suffer and a time in your life that could be really enjoyable becomes a sleepy blur.

 

It doesn’t have to be this way.

 

As a new parent, you need help. And this is completely normal. Even the strongest and most capable men and women crumble to pieces after too many nights without sleep. Don’t let it get to that point. You can seek out overnight care before things get totally out of hand.

 

What a night doula can do for you

 

A doula can be a lifesaver at any time of day, but there’s something about a night doula that can restore order and calm unlike anyone else. Just as everyone is getting ready to call it a night, she shows up fresh and ready for whatever the night will bring.

 

Overnight care isn’t just about caring for Baby, it’s about caring for you. And if you’re going to keep up with the needs of your newborn(s), caring for you is essential.

 

Once your night doula has the details, you’re off to bed and she’s on watch. If you’re breastfeeding, she’ll bring Baby to you when it’s time for feeding. If you’re bottle feeding, you’re off the hook or may only need to wake for a quick pump. Then she takes Baby and you’re back to sleep in moments.

 

But there’s more. When Baby is sleeping, your night help is really helping. She might be folding a load of laundry, wiping off the kitchen counters or fixing you a healthy breakfast. When morning comes, you’re rested and refreshed and ready to care for your little one(s) again.

 

Sound too good to be true?

 

We’re happy to say that this is what our doulas are doing every single night for families across the Twin Cities. Welcome Baby Care is ready to help with an overnight care approach that meets the need of both parents and babies. To find out more, contact our experts today.

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Sleep Help! You Love Your Baby, but the Sleep Deprivation Is Killing You. Here’s How to Get More Zzzs

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New mom sleep tips you can use.

 

It’s both ironic and sad—the thing you need most for healing from labor and delivery, producing milk and generally being able to accept the new reality of parenthood is the very thing it’s hardest to achieve right now: consistent, sufficient sleep.

 

Even if your baby or babies are good little night sleepers, the need to wake them up every three hours or so to feed means a night of uninterrupted sleep is impossible for the first several months. Bad news.

 

Sleep setups take a million different forms and each family will need to experiment to find out what works best for them. It might not be pretty, or what you expected when you spent all those hours selecting a crib and decorating the nursery only to now have baby camping out in the living room in the Pack and Play, but what each successive sleepless night will teach you is that in the end, it’s just about getting the job done and keeping everyone as sane as possible. Things get a lot more “normal” once Baby is out of the newborn phase.

 

Here’s a little new mom sleep support in the form of practical tips you can try:

 

Sleep in shifts.

 

Mom’s an early bird, Dad’s a night owl. So for the first few months with twins, he stayed up a little later, she went to bed a little earlier, then around three or four in the morning. She got up a little earlier and he slept a little later. Dad took the first shift of feedings and Mom took second shift.

 

Why this works: The biggest issue affecting your sleep wellbeing is the constant interruption. And for moms this is more severe because even if Dad is helping out by feeding by bottle, Mom needs to pump. But with Dad on duty, she can get up to pump and then quickly go back to sleep. Provided neither of the kids has a meltdown, both can get some very respectable chunks of uninterrupted sleep.

 

Sleep when baby sleeps.

 

Everyone recommends this but few actually do it. Why? Because those few precious moments are the time to tackle everything that’s slipping through the cracks now that you have a newborn or two. We don’t blame you. In most cases the bathroom, laundry and dishes aren’t going to do themselves. It’s unrealistic to think you’re going to doze off every time Baby does, but often one of those baby naps could be a mom nap too.

 

Why this works: Even a good solid hour of midday sleep can leave you feeling like a new person. We understand that there is a lot to do, but you’ll be more efficient over the long haul if you can block out some time to sleep during the day. Even if you’re not typically a napper, you’ll probably be surprised at how fast you speed off to dreamland once you hit the pillow.

 

Load ‘er up.

 

Helping new parents get adequate sleep means proper baby sleep support as well. You can’t avoid the frequent feedings, but you can try to space them out a little and make sure Baby is sleeping as well as she could. Feeding frequently in the evening before your bedtime can help keep Baby full through the night.

 

Why this works: You’ll still need to wake her up, but by loading her up before bed, you may be able to stretch to feed every three and a half to four hours instead of, say, every two. Also, feedings are often shorter because she ate sufficiently before bed. A “dream feed” right before you go to bed can also buy you a few sleep-filled hours.

 

Have someone else take the night shift.

 

And by someone else, we mean a postpartum doula who will stand in as your night nurse. That could mean up to eight blissful hours of sleep with interruption only for nursing and/or pumping.

 

Why this works: There is no substitute for someone coming in and actually taking over the night duties. That means no diapers, no making bottles, no worries that those little grunts are going to turn into full-blown wails. Welcome Baby Care doulas show up right before bed and get the details, then you get to hit the sheets. Bonus: they’ll also fold a load of laundry and make you breakfast.

 

For more information on new mom sleep support, contact the experts at Welcome Baby Care. Call us today.

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Breastfeeding Multiples: Yes, It’s Possible

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Feeding twins presents a few challenges, but with the proper preparation and ample patience, you can feed two babies like a pro.

 

If you’re a mom expecting multiples, you’re probably already wondering how you’re going to make the breastfeeding routine work. It seems like one baby at the breast is more than enough to manage. Is it really possible to do two at one time? Or is it better to focus on one at a time and let each baby take turns?

 

For the sake of efficiency (and sanity), we work with moms to get them on a routine of tandem nursing. Breastfeeding multiples simultaneously, while it requires a bit of coordination, is by no means impossible. Best of all, it will allow you to do something other than full time nursing.

 

A perfect schedule for feeding twins doesn’t happen overnight—remember that. For the first few weeks following delivery, your babies are learning the mechanics of breastfeeding. We like to remind moms that while breastfeeding is completely natural, it certainly isn’t always easy. It takes a little while to get everyone on board and on schedule. With time and practice, however, it is possible to sync the babies’ schedules of feeding and sleeping.

 

When breastfeeding twins, there are a few essential elements you won’t want to be without. In the beginning, it’s an extra pair of hands. After a few months, you’ll be scooping each baby like a pro, but in the first few weeks following birth, your muscle tone and coordination may not yet be developed enough for the one-handed scoop. Ask your partner or doula for assistance in getting each baby into proper position.

 

Feeding twins also requires ample support. Emotional support, yes, that goes without saying, but you’ll also want firm support in the form of some well placed pillows that help prop each baby to breast and keep you comfortable during the duration of your feeding. Experiment with the strategic placement of bed pillows or use a specially designed nursing pillow for twins. These are a lifesaver for most moms.

 

Lastly, breastfeeding twins requires patience and good self-care. Remember, even moms of singletons often struggle to master the mechanics and scheduling of nursing and you’re working with two. If you stick with it, it will come. And if you need a little extra help, our lactation consultants are here for you. Our trained, certified staff will work with you to troubleshoot any feeding issues and cheerlead your efforts every step of the way. For more information on breastfeeding support, contact us today!

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