Originally Posted by twins10705
I wish someone had prepared me for the NICU experience -- for staff who would discourage me from breastfeeding. I didn't know that I could say "no bottles"...I didn't know that I could demand to breastfeed my babies,
Diddo!You do not have to let your babies get bottles if they end up in the NICU.
Bottles destroy breastfeeding when introduced so early on...and exclusive pumping is so much work...don't do it...just say no to bottles in the hospital...even if it means they get discharged a few days or a week later than those babies given bottles...one week longer in the NICU verses years of pumping would be so worth it....speaking from personal experience here!
My other words of wisdom... (my b/g twins turn 5 months today)
It does get easier! That early newborn phase is heavy, but a few months later you find the groove of caring for twins and it just becomes the norm. I do however, find it exhausting to try and get out of the house and to make it to mama/baby groups...though I desperately need that social time, so I just invite other mamas/babies over instead.
Also, you can
have too many baby clothes! I honestly think dealing with the laundry was easier when they were preemies and had only 4 outfits and 4 onsies each than it is now when they have a gagillion outfits (all gifts & hand-me-downs). Don't feel you need to accept all the hand-me-downs people want to give you or you'll be drowing in baby clothes & blankets before you know it and feeling bad that some things didn't even get worn before they grew out of them!
I've recently started cloth diapering and it actually is fun and really easy to do with twins, even by washing them yourself...plus I'm finding you'll save a ton of $, even if you buy nice pocket dipes.
Oh, before the babies arrive, make sure you can get two carseats in your car that are rear facing! I had a Jetta and we absolutely could not get two carseats in the back seat and still have room for DH and I in the front seats. We had to get a new car
You can co-sleep with twins! It does work, even in a queen size bed, but a king is best. Our cribs are a waste of space and don't get used at all (though we used them the first few weeks after the NICU not realizing we could have a family bed...which we were told not to do by the NICU).
Most of all, twins are FUN! CONGRADULATIONS! DD looked right into DS's eyes the other day, gave him a big smile and a giggle, DH and I looked at eachother and tears came to our eyes. It truly is a priviledge to raise twins!