Wow, it's so awesome to read about all of these experiences, particularly with what has gone on in the last week for us. My girls are a week old today. On Day 3, when we were expecting to just be discharged home (c-section at 37+1 for footling breech presentation) the nurse noted that their weight loss was 10% and 10.9%...this triggered bloodwork and then a referral to a pediatrican and LC. The LC walked in with a Supplemental Nursing System (SNS) and a container of formula, which sent me into a fit of sobbing
. She was a terrible LC, very bossy and not terribly sympathetic. Thank goodness the pediatrican was more reasonable and discharged us and told me to drink a beer
Their sodium levels were elevated, which I guess is a sign of deydration, and they were getting quite sleepy...in the end in our total emotional state we agreed to use the SNS while at the breast for 1 day (we used some forumla and some EBM - I pumped but didn't get much at all). My husband I talked about just leaving the hospital against medical advice, but to be honest neither of us had it in us to take on that challenge in our sleep dreprived state. So, we agreed to view the supplement as "medication" that would allow us to escape the clutches of the medical system. Yes, it still bothers me, but I am SO glad to be home and have my care transferred back to our midwives...they are so awesome...at our home visit they just say "hey, those babies look great...you're doing a great job...see you in a few days". My milk was quite delayed in coming in (not fully in until day 5, despite a lot of tandem nursing and co-sleeping). One thing I wished I had done is maybe starting pumping as soon as they were born so that in the event that they did lose more weight than the medical system likes to see we could have just used EBM instead of formula. The LC said in her 30 years of nursing she had only seen 2 moms not have to supplement twins
Talk about setting up expectations of failure!
We are tandeming almost all the time as that just seems to be how it worked out. I think I would prefer to do them each on their own so that I could concentrate on getting their latch perfected, but I can't handle listening to the other one scream as her sister peacefully nurses away.
Gosh, I've rambled I think...it's all still so overwhelming right now, but honestly, I don't think it's that much more difficult than when I had my first baby. And while I'm anxious to see if they have gained some good weight over the past couple of days, I feel confident just by looking at them that they are happy and content with all that I am providing for them