You've gotten such excellent advice, all I have left to give is a HUGE hug I believe in you Mama. Raising twins is such hard work without nursing issues thrown in on top. Do what you can and let the rest go.
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2/5/10 at 11:59am
My twins were born at 38 weeks. It took us 2 months before they breastfed.
They also had latch problems: small mouths vs. huge nipples. It took time for them to grow big enough to latch effectively.
I tried to pump, nurse, pump, bottle, pump, nurse, etc. but my help went home and I coudn't do it all by myself. So I stopped nursing and just pumped and bottlefed.
After 2 weeks of no nursing at all(and much less stress around feedings), my dh suggested I try again and see if they would latch. . . .and they did!! They were 8 weeks old and FINALLY nursing like they had been nursing from birth. 1 twin needed a few more days of bottles on occasion because he would get tired and not empty his breast. But that was just a few days.
We nursed for 3 years.
How many ounces of formula are you supplementing with in a 24-hour period? What is your babies' weight gain like?
I do think the nurse-in is probably the easiest and quickest way to get to the point of exclusively breastfeeding, but I'm hesitant to recommend it wholeheartedly without knowing how many ounces of formula your babies are currently getting.
Do you have access to a baby scale? Could you rent one for a couple of weeks? Perhaps if you could weigh your babies every couple of days, you would feel more confident in eliminating a certain # of ounces of formula per day.
I wish I could tell you a story from the other side- but I'm in the same boat. 2 pre-term babies (38 weeks) having difficulties with BF- and we are on a similar plan to you. We are breastfeeding 8-10 times per day, pumping 7 times per day, and supplementing with formula after each feeding (as per a lactation consultant). I keep wondering if we will get off this horrid schedule and just be able to nurse at the breast on demand...so I'll keep looking at this thread for hope.
Hang in there! I've wanted to give up numerous times...I am SO sore. But- we can do it! Just know there is another soul out there trucking right along with you. Best wishes!
Keep working with your LC to get them doing things right. Preemies are notorious for not driving a mother's milk supply and you probably SHOULD be pumping. You don't have to at night but if you can get 8-10 pumpings a day you're supply should really start picking up.