Hi, the twins were of good size when they were born, 6# 7oz and 6# 3 oz. But, they did not gain weight steadily. They lost quite a bit and I had a hard time getting them to latch and suck strong enough to get any breast milk. At the recommendation of my midwife and lactation consultant, I used bottles of breast milk and supplemented until they gained enough to cut out the bottles all together. That was a hard time :( At about 10 weeks, I just decided to stop the bottles after talking with a LLL leader.
They were born at 37 weeks, 4 days.
Their growth curve is gaining, but not enough. I think they only gained about 1/2 pound since their 4 month visit. That just doesn't seem like enough to me.
They seem healthy to me. And they are very active and seem to be meeting their milestones. They do not sit up yet or show interest. They love their exersaucers, but do not use their legs for standing on much. They have great neck strength though. Their hair is not brittle and their skin is fine. They just seem tiny :) My first child, DS8, was also thin and was very low on the "charts." But, he was always ON them, just low. My second child, DD4, was 9# 5oz at birth, so she never had this problem! The girls are on the charts as far as their heights. They are both 25".
What could I do to increase my intake of fat to make it more fatty? I already eat a lot of avocados and take fish oils daily. I feel like my body is just not keeping up with the metabolic needs of breastfeeding my twins :( I knew that they were smallish, but after seeing the ped. I feel like I am failing them a little. I worked so hard to get my supply up and now I don't have to do that as much that my body is regulated. Breastfeeding twins is WAY different than my singletons!
I asked the ped if he honestly thought that starting solids would get them on "the charts" and he said yes. Whatever. I am not AGAINST starting solids now, I really just wanted to wait later.