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7 babies at once!! How would you AP?

post #1 of 32
Thread Starter 
7 babies at once Holy Cow!!

I think there names are the Mchaughty's--or something like that. Could you imagine trying to AP with that many babies at once!!

Would it be possible?

Cloth diapers?

Slinging?

I wonder how she uses discipline?

Breastfeeding? Would you at least try to breastfeed? I don't think it could be a full-time thing.

Like maybe each baby gets 15 minutes each day of breastfeeding.--But they were probably born to early to learn how to nurse?

She's probably just happy that they all survived.

Geez--IT just boggles my mind.

These kids are in like 1st or 2nd grade now aren't they?
post #2 of 32
I don't think they did a lot of AP. Of course the big companies took advantage of them and from what I read they got free formula, free disposable diapers, free cribs (one for each poor kid!!) and bunch of other crap to make the kids consumers from the begininig!! Hopefully their older sister gets a little attention now and then, but I don't think I'd ever get to AP 7 babies.....7 kids, now I should have that many by 2010.........
post #3 of 32
Their last name is McCaughey, and they were born in 1998.
http://www.lhj.com/lhj/category.jhtm...Septuplets.xml

Babies were never meant to be born in litters.
post #4 of 32
I was reading an old Readers Digest recently that had an article by a woman who adopted two kids then got pregnant with quints. It was about the quints, and she talked about her vaginal birth, washing diapers and nursing. The kids were about 14 when the article was published, and would be 30ish now.

So some of it is possible.
post #5 of 32
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I was reading an old Readers Digest recently that had an article by a woman who adopted two kids then got pregnant with quints. It was about the quints, and she talked about her vaginal birth, washing diapers and nursing. The kids were about 14 when the article was published, and would be 30ish now.
Now that is awesome
post #6 of 32
I forgot to mention, no fertility drugs were involved!!
post #7 of 32
I watched one show on Discovery Health once where they followed a woman who was pregnant with quints (I think) and they followed her in the hospital before the babies were born and afterward. She pumped breastmilk and mixed it in with the formula. She said that she was a nurse and she knew how important breastmilk was.
post #8 of 32
I'd have to say that in the instance of the quints, she must have had one heckuva support system, a helluva DH and one awesome system to do it all. Kudos to her!

Ms McCaughey did give her babes breastmilk, but, as someone so eloquently put it... We are not meant to have litters.
At all. However, it does happen naturally from time to time. I had natural twins. That's not quite a litter, but, still demanding.
post #9 of 32
yeah, i thought bobbi breastfed at least partially. WHO could ebf seven babies at once? not me! :LOL

i agree that obviously we are not made to birth seven babies at once, but that is the number she conceived after struggling with infertility, & she chose not to selectively reduce the babies, which i think was awesome.

with seven at once they have to be a little stricter & structured, but i think it is clear that the kids are loved & taken care of. the two with special needs are doing wonderfully.

i may do an internet search to find out what they are up to now.


i... have... no... life!
post #10 of 32
I believe she was planning to homeschool!
We followe the story of the Dilleys for awhile. They had 6. SHe did cloth diapers. The kids were so cute. They showed a pictuer of her dumping out a box of Cheerios on the (very clean) floor. SHe stopped doing bowls at snack time because it would just end up on the floor anyway. Also, they had this wonderful playroom at the top of the stairs. They had a a safety gate installed, and they learned to climb over it. SO, they put in a second one on top of that. One sextuplet would booost another, so they quickly figured out how t get out of that one. She had to rub vaseline on the gate o discourage climbing.
post #11 of 32
i was just about to say this myself.
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Babies were never meant to be born in litters
it always bugged me how they said since the babies were gifts from god, they couldnt reduce the number of them. i guess needing to use fertility drugs really indicated to them that god intended for them to have 7 kids. sorry if that sounds harsh, not a thing against needing a little help to get pregnant, but i dont like them. i saw a show about the kids recently, how 2 of them have moderate to severe health issues, and the rest of the kids seemed to be pretty uh wild. the couple strikes me as really odd, also. anyway.
post #12 of 32
What's more, they have 8 kids total. They have an older girl, also concieved w/ fertility drugs.

Being the big sister to twins was trial enough in childhood for me. I can't even imagine...talk about getting chronically overlooked!
post #13 of 32
I also read they were adviced not to have intercourse when they did because the fertility docs told them there chances of having multiplies was too high that cycle. They chose to have sex anyway and got preg with 7 babes.
I agree with humans aren't meant to have litters.
That said if I naturally got preg with multiplies I would try my best to bf, cloth diaper and co-sleep. I'm sure if I had more than 2 I'd pump.
post #14 of 32
I've heard that a normal, healthy, well nourished woman is capable of exclusively breastfeeding up to 5 babies (there was a study).

She'd probably have to have someone constantly on standby just to feed her though...

peace, Beth
post #15 of 32
I saw a thing about them on one of those magazine shows (dateline or something) when they turned six. I distinctly remember that they believe in spanking. And I agree that babies are not meant to be born in litters. I know that in Europe feritlity drugs and IVF are not used the way they are here b/c doctors know the risks of "litters". It is possible to be incredibly careful about how you use this technology and I find the behavior of this couple to be irresponsible. That said, if I had more than one (at a time), I'd try to remain as AP as possible as well and CD and all that jazz.
post #16 of 32
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Babies were never meant to be born in litters.
I couldn't agree more!
post #17 of 32
A bit T but 6 babes were recently born in my town....

I was at a local consignment store, and they were taking donations for the family for children's gear, diapers, and formula. I asked if they would take donations of cloth diapers.

"Oh no.... can you imagine the laundry?" the woman said dismissively. "Disposables only."

Yeah, the laundry is a lot better than the thousands (tens of thousands?) they will spend sposying those kids for 2-3 years!

I was a little that they wouldn't take my donation.
post #18 of 32
Thread Starter 
I have to admitt that cloth diapering that many babies would be SO much work. But they could have took your donation. The mom could have used cloth once in a while at least.

Even if they only swapped on posie for a cloth once a day per baby that would be 42 diapers per week they would save on....if I did the math right.
post #19 of 32
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I distinctly remember that they believe in spanking.
oh yea! i forgot that. yes, that really bothered me too.
post #20 of 32
Okay, slightly T


Did you hear about the woman in Texas (?) this week or last week that gave birth to two sets of identical twins?

Or see the Extreme Makeover - Home Edition? They redid some house for a couple with 2 boys, who were expecting triplets as well. They gave her a whole laundry center with two washers and two dryers... Neat. And then a big diaper changing area with lotion dispensers and a chute for disposable diapers that went right to the trash. (Oh, as well as a years supply of sposies) Granted CDing 3 babes would be work, and that most women in the US aren't into it...

I was still a little saddened.
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