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Health Plus: Breastfeeding, Part 2

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Breastfeeding is not just about mommy and baby.

It can take a support team to make it work.

In Health Plus, Tara Thomas has the story of an eastern Iowa couple committed to nursing for the health of their twins.

Barely over a month-old, twins Riley and Leyton are doing well after a rough delivery.

Mom Anne Duncan had them at 34 weeks--one naturally, the other through emergency C-section.

Now her plan to breastfeed the babies is even more critical.

"Since we had twins and they were born early, we knew their immune systems were going to be a little bit weakened and I knew breastfeeding was the best way that I could help them."

Travis, their father, is determined to support his wife and sons in every way--even when it comes to breastfeeding.

"Breastfeeding as a family has really made us a very tight family. It's just what we are. We're going to be a very, very tight, close-knit family."

Lactation consultants at waterloo's covenant medical center are committed to arming new families with a lot of information and hands-on nursing assistance--even before baby arrives.

"We suggest that they register and take a class about 2 or 3 months before they deliver.  We do encourage the dads to attend as well because they need to be a support and they need to hear the same information so they can encourage the moms," says Phyllis Oesterling.

Modern breastfeeding involves a support team.

"She feeds 'em. I grab the diapers. I burp and kind of do the rotation. And it's an efficiency thing."

And for hands-on dads like Travis, the experience has been powerful.

In Waterloo, Tara Thomas, Iowa's News Channel Seven

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