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How hard is nursing twins?

Poll Results: How hard is nursing twins?

 
  • 22% (22)
    I've never nursed twins. I have no idea what it's like to nurse 2 same age newborns.
  • 8% (8)
    I've only nursed twins. It was easier than I expected.
  • 5% (5)
    I've only nursed twins. It was hard, but nothing too overwhelming.
  • 5% (5)
    I've only nursed twins. It was really, REALLY hard.
  • 4% (4)
    I've only nursed twins. It absolutely did not work out for us.
  • 9% (9)
    I've nursed twins and a singleton. The twins were easier than the singleton.
  • 7% (7)
    I've nursed twins and a singleton. The twins were about as hard as the singleton.
  • 24% (24)
    I've nursed twins and a singleton. The twins were a little harder, but not by much.
  • 9% (9)
    I've nursed twins and a singleton. The twins were much, MUCH harder than the singleton.
  • 0% (0)
    I've nursed twins and a singleton. The twins were pretty much impossible; singleton was not.
  • 2% (2)
    I've nursed twins and a singleton. Nursing simply did not work out for us for either experience.
  • 1% (1)
    I've nursed twins and a singleton. Singleton did not work out for us at all, but twins did.
  • 3% (3)
    Other.
99 Total Votes  
post #1 of 46
Thread Starter 
(Wait for the poll!) The variety of responses on the Angeline Jolie thread got me wondering...
post #2 of 46
Great question! (Not a twin mama....at least yet. But we are looking into adoption and I will breastfeed adopted baby/babies plus my own depending on ages......so they will be like twins from different wombs! )
post #3 of 46
"I've nursed twins and a singleton. The twins were a little harder, but not by much. "

Really it was about the same. One of them had some latch issues which were easy to solve. My first singleton was the hardest but i didn't know what I was doing. Of the whole picture though, I think that NOW it's is a little harder as they're 16mo and nursing all the time and it's so demanding on me.
post #4 of 46
Some days I get overwhelmed with people touching me, and we had thrush when they were first born, but overall we haven't had any issues we couldn't work through.

twins only over here. ::
post #5 of 46
Where is the option, "I've nursed twins longer than Angelina Jolie, and it was the sexiest thing on Earth."? I pick that one.

I am woman; watch me feed my children!
post #6 of 46
I voted "I've nursed twins and a singleton. The twins were a little harder, but not by much", simply because it requires more "wrangling" of bodies. Also, mine boys were born early, so they had to learn how to nurse.

On the other hand, it is WAY more entertaining sometimes than nursing one. I was sitting on the floor today with my shirt up, all kicked back, and the boys were snacking and giggling, and I asked my husband if when we first met he ever thought this is what he would see in his living room!

The hand holding and talking and smiling and giggling between the two balances out the other inconveniences!
post #7 of 46
It was a LOT harder at first and then it settled down to a little harder so I chose that. At 6 months it's more time consuming but not HARDER per se.
post #8 of 46
It was harder at first, because I was more tired from the pregnancy and my milk didn't come in fully for a MUCH longer time, like almost a month, so I supplemented at most feedings for a month or so. Now that I am EBFing, it is SOOOO much easier! I'm so glad I didn't give up, bottles were really hard. It's getting easier day by day, since they are feeding faster now. They are only 10 weeks old, however, so we'll see if it gets easier or not from here.
post #9 of 46
I'm a twins only momma, and I picked easier than expected. No latch issues and tandem feeding almost exclusively since day two. Some supply issues, which is why I'm up pumping at 2AM, but c'est la vie.

But since I love kjoy's humor, I'll add a comment about the time I stopped at a rest stop on the NJ Thruway to feed the girls over the summer. Against my DH's wishes, I wanted the car parked in the shade, not in the most private spot. I got what I wanted, but I also got a bus load of Italian tourists poking their head in to see the marvel. There's two! One woman actually reached in to give one of my girls a sqeeze! It was hilarious and sweet. A twin feeding ony moment.
post #10 of 46
Haven't voted yet, prob just a little harder because of the logistics, but a singleton could be just as hard work in some cases.

This little ditty came into my head late one night and kind of sums up for me what it takes to be a parent/ breastfeed and so on:

o ego. o ego.
how big you have grown!
since last a baby
pushed you from your throne



breastfeeding any baby takes a whole lot of giving up of oneself, but major boons to it too, especially as they get older.
post #11 of 46
I voted only twins, didn't work out. But I exclusively pumped for them for 18 months. There wasn't a category for that.
post #12 of 46
Thread Starter 
Kjoy, you're a hoot!

I'm in the "it's a little harder" camp, only because of the physical logistics of it-- taking turns or tandem, setting up cosleeping situation for nighttime nursing, etc.

Also, wanted to clarify, the "I have no idea what it's like to nurse two same age newborns" wasn't meant to be ugly to anyone here, it was just to make sure we didn't have some random singleton mom wander in off the main board by clicking on "recent posts" and declare herself an expert on twin nursing based on the fact that her kids were 4 years apart and tandemed for a month before the oldest weaned, KWIM?
post #13 of 46
I voted for twins easier than the singleton, but that is because DD had latch issues for weeks, and the boys never did. Time wise the twins took longer, but honestly, not that much longer. DD was a tough latch followed by an hour long feed every 2 hours. The boys were more efficient or I would tandem. Oh yeah, I also knew what I was doing the second time around. That makes a difference as well.
post #14 of 46
I voted for singleton and twin experience being pretty much the same. I guess the physical logistics of twins is harder but having the experience of nursing two singleton babies has helped immensely in the whole breastfeeding experience. I probably had more difficulties getting used to nursing with ds1 then difficulties nursing twins but overall I think it balances out.
post #15 of 46
I think, most of the time, the FIRST breatfeeding experience is the hardest, regardless of how many babies you have.

I had my twins first, and nursing them was 100 times harder than nursing my singleton baby (born 3.75 years later). With my twins I had thrush for six months and chronic plugged ducts, and my twins wanted to nurse nearly 24 hours a day. With my singleton, I didn't have any problems (aside from oversupply) and he only nursed for a few minutes every few hours. It was a hugely different experience.

If I already knew how to nurse/latch babies on correctly/etc. before I had my twins (and if my supply was bigger due to not being my first nursing experience), I think it would have been a lot easier.

All that said, I did successfully breastfeed my twins, exclusively for the first 13 months, very frequently until they were 2, and then gradually cut back to where they were weaned by age 3. It never felt impossible.

The moms who I have worked with who have twins after having had a singleton usually do really well. The most common issue people seem to have is not nursing their twin babies often enough (especially if they're born a little early and are sleepy).

Lex
post #16 of 46
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the votes and responses so far. This has been very interesting for me to see. I guess I'm kind of assuming that the crowd on MDC is pretty hardcore committed to breastfeeding if possible, so I was wondering, for those who really wanted to and tried hard, what these statistics might look like.
post #17 of 46
Quote:
Originally Posted by kjoy2 View Post
Where is the option, "I've nursed twins longer than Angelina Jolie, and it was the sexiest thing on Earth."? I pick that one.

I am woman; watch me feed my children!
post #18 of 46
Quote:
Originally Posted by kjoy2 View Post
Where is the option, "I've nursed twins longer than Angelina Jolie, and it was the sexiest thing on Earth."? I pick that one.

I am woman; watch me feed my children!
post #19 of 46
Without taking into account that my twins were micro-preemies and how hard it was to keep up my supply while pumping and teaching them to nurse, nursing them is only slightly harder than a singleton. I rarely feed them at the same time which means I am sitting down for a good portion of my day. I don't know that it's hard, more like time consuming. I'm fortunate that my daughter can get herself a drink and snack. If she were younger, I don't know how easy it would have been to nurse.
post #20 of 46
I picked that I've done both, and that twins was much, much harder. Mostly because of those first two months, when they couldn't nurse properly. But also because of wrangling two little strong, squirmy bodies, and trying to take care of two fussy, hungry babies at once, and feeling drained dry in a way I never have with my singletons . . . I still love nursing them, and sometimes it's the sweetest thing (and WAY easier than bottlefeeding) but count me as one who thinks a lot of the moms coming down on Angelina Jolie have no idea what they're talking about!
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