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How to Burp Twins

by Heather Montgomery

The joy of having twins might be quickly overshadowed as you adjust to doing everything that a newborn requires for basic care twice. From changing two diapers several times a day to figuring out how to feed both babies adequately, the process will quickly become tiring and overwhelming without the proper technique. When you practice tandem feeding, figuring out how to simultaneously burp your twins is essential to prevent discomfort and fussiness from your babies. There are several different ways to burp your twins without leaving one twin to suffer while the other is being burped.

Shoulder Burp

Feed your twins either with a bottle or by breast in the position that is most comfortable for both you and the babies.

Place a burp cloth on each of your shoulders to protect your clothing in case one or both twins spit-up during burping.

Pick up one twin and place her on the shoulder she is facing. Then pick up the second twin -- if she is done eating -- and place her on the shoulder she is facing. Cross your arms over in front of you and simultaneously pat each twin's back.

Across the Lap

Feed your twins either with a bottle or by breast in the position that is most comfortable for both you and the babies.

Lay a burp cloth over each of your thighs to protect your clothing.

Lay one twin across your lap, face down, with his head and torso over your left thigh. Lay the other twin with is head and torso over your right thigh.

Pat each twin's back simultaneously to release the air caught while feeding.

Lap and Shoulder

Feed your twins either with a bottle or by breast in the position that is most comfortable for both you and the babies.

Place a burp cloth over your thighs and over one shoulder.

Place one twin on your shoulder and the other twin face down over your thighs with his head and torso supported.

Pat each twin’s back simultaneously.

Items you will need
  • Burp cloths

Tips

  • The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends the football hold -- one twin on either side of your body with the head facing your breast and the feet extending past the side of your body -- and a twin nursing pillow when tandem feeding twins.
  • During the early weeks of your twins' lives, ask for help from a spouse, partner, family member or friend to help position and transition your twins for feeding and burping. With adequate practice, the act of feeding and burping will become second nature.
  • No feeding position or burping strategy will work equally as well for every child. Take time to test out each position and burping strategy to find the one that you are most comfortable with using.

Warning

  • Always support your newborn’s head while feeding and burping.

About the Author

Based in Lakeland, FL., Heather Montgomery has been writing a popular celebrity parenting blog and several parenting and relationship articles since 2011. Her work also appears on eHow and Everyday Family and she focuses her writing on topics about parenting, crafts, education and family relationships. She is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in early education from Fort Hays State University.

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