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post #21 of 26
Faythe, I agree-I was told so many times, esp. in the hospital, that I HAD to suppliment, that I HAD to use bottles, that I HAD to... (you get the picture). My dh and I figured we had 80 years of defiance of authority between the two of us, so we could face out anything they tried to do. The nurses would panic when they came to the room and the babies weren't in the bassinets-they were in the beds with us, where they belonged!! And the one nurse I had who was a twin mom was the worst of the lot-she was on a personal mission to make sure we failed. So I was going to do this, no matter what! That sentiment got me thru some of the rough patches.

post #22 of 26
I'm so glad I found this board. I'm 32 weeks PG and determined to bfeed these baby girls. I have a 3 yr. old who was in the trenches with me during the first few months, he could never latch properly, was hysterical (we were both hysterical), was supplemented, and finally an Occupational Therapist looked at him at 4+ mos. and said he was tongue-tied. I was pumping at that point and had given up and considered myself a failure.

I won't be so hard on myself this time but I am more determined than ever, and ready to deny all of the "well-meaning" nurses/my mother/others who insist they need formula. these boobs are ready!

As far as "how" you breastfed your twins, I read in Dr. Sears that nursing one and then waking/nursing the other was recommended to help get them on the same schedule, otherwise you'd never sleep. Agreed? harder than it sounds?
post #23 of 26
lol i did that for a while. it took me over a month to realize i was always waking the same twin LOL. as soon as i realized that I tried not waking him the next night and he slept through the night from then on LOL
post #24 of 26
Originally Posted by weezy44
...As far as "how" you breastfed your twins, I read in Dr. Sears that nursing one and then waking/nursing the other was recommended to help get them on the same schedule, otherwise you'd never sleep. Agreed? harder than it sounds?
You aren't going to be getting much sleep, feeding schedule or not! I think a lot of whether or not you can get onto a schedule or routine depends on the babies. Some just resist any sort of routine, or maybe they have their own internal routine. That said, my twins were on a schedule coming home from the hospital. They fed every three hours. In the early days that meant 45 min nursing each twin, 15 min each for diaper and clothes changes and then 1 hour for me before the next feed (assuming that they went back to sleep without a fuss).

I'd certainly recommend giving it a try. If it works out it's an extra bit of sleep for you, or time for your older dc. I'd also recommend nursing them together when you can. It's neat. It's also much easier than listening to one cry while trying to feed the other - Dr. Sears assumes that the waiting baby will be asleep, which was usually not true for me!
post #25 of 26
I am still nursing my almost 4 year olds (and their little sister).

We had a rocky start - my DD didn't latch for 2 months so I pumped and supplemented her. My DS dropped about 15% of his birth weight and stayed there for about 3 weeks. My milk supply crashed b/c I wasn't getting enough stimulation from the twins. It was a tough start but I had a fabulous lactation consultant and my family dr. was wonderful and very encouraging. I was completely thrown b/c I figured I was an experienced nurser at that point and I wasn't really prepared for the struggles. I thought that bfing would be the easy part of twins.

I would suggest talking to a LC (esp one with lots of twins experience) a few weeks before the birth. There are some things you can do to help get off on the right foot especially if you end up w a c-section like I did. My LC suggested: Get pumping right away - within an hour or two of giving birth, take blessed thistle and fenugreek, lots of skin to skin contact, make sure that any hospital staff know you have an LC and are committed to b/fing. At 3 and 6 weeks - typical growth spurt times - make sure you schedule a bit of extra help and keep the fenugreek handy...

As for schedules - my twins hadn't read the book. I just got used to nursing two at once, sleeping sitting semi reclined w both babies nursing. Really - it's a blurr . It was hardest on my then 3-year old - but everyone came through it okay.

Good luck with the nursing. It can be done.
post #26 of 26
As far as scheduling nursing, we never bothered during the day. There was a while when I had figured out how to nurse them both (sitting up in a recliner) but hadn't figured out how to nurse one laying down, that, when one woke to nurse at night, we'd wake the other to get it all done at once. Once I figured out how to nurse one baby in bed, we switched to hoping they woke at different times & that was the preference right through till they night weaned (I never was able to truely sleep while nursing them both at the same time, though I did figure out how to do it laying down so I could at least doze when they both felt the need to be attached all night, but that's when night weaning became a priority LOL - they were around 18 mo at that point). I think it's going to depend on what works for you, don't worry too much about following any rules or plan, just do whatever you have to do to get some sleep! (dh slept on our sofa (recliner) holding one baby for at least part of the night until they were well over a year old, it was what worked best for us LOL).

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