The particular thing about twins is that . . . well, obviously, there are two of them. That means twice as much love but also twice as much feeding and twice as many diaper changes. On the other hand, each twin quickly learns to consider the other a companion, and within a few weeks they won’t rely as much on you for entertainment as a single baby would. Of course, with that companionship comes the issues of sharing, hitting, biting, and sibling rivalry that affect all children. Please refer to the specific sections concerning each of these problems.
Although most mothers with twins end up relying on a hybrid of bottle feeding and nursing, it is perfectly possible to nurse twins entirely from the breast; after all, there are two of those too. The same basic principles of breast feeding apply [See: Breast Feeding]. If you’re attached to the idea of breast feeding, use the smallest amount of formula supplementation that you can. Ideally, you’ll quickly get the hang of feeding both twins at the same time. This is the only way to get a little rest. Also, while mothers of single babies are advised to feed strictly on demand, I recommend that mothers of twins feed on a more rigid schedule (every two and a half to three hours on average), more for the mom’s benefit than for the babies’.