Background: I am recovering from PPH and heart failure/peripartum cardiomyopathy. (My birth story is here if you want more details). The babies were bottlefed formula for the first 3.5 weeks of their lives. They'll be 6 weeks tomorrow and are now completely breastfed.
They want to nurse every 1.5 - 2 hours. This is problematic as an hour of that time is spent nursing. I can't nurse them together yet, I'm still fairly sore (Matthew had some nipple confusion and still can be kind of chompy). They're both really "sucky" babies, but I don't want to try to introduce a pacifier until all breastfeeding issues are cleared up. They both scream bloody murder if they can't be nursed and sometimes one baby wants to be on the breast for over an hour. And all that would be fine if there were only one baby and if I wasn't recovering from heart failure and if I didn't have 4 other kids to take care of.
I think we're having some issues with too much foremilk as well-- greenish, mucusy poops. And I wanted to pump in case, God forbid, I end up in the hospital again. Plus I would eventually not mind reintroducing the occasional bottle.
So, there's a lot going on. I keep telling myself that right now is the hardest things will ever be, but still, there's got to be something I can do so there's more than a half-hour when I am not breastfeeding someone. I'm not looking to strictly schedule them or anything like that, but I also need to think about my own health and continued recovery.
Any advice would be happily appreciated!