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post #21 of 24
You know, we have almost the same story! It's sad, really.

My girls are 9 weeks today. They were born at 36 weeks 6 days. The doctor took them then because of massive edema I'd been struggling with for about two months that was becoming excessively painful (no sleeping, eating, moving, and my clothes literally cut me). I hung on as long as I could but the C-section was a relief - what wasn't was the pneumonia I developed in the hospital! I spent a week recovering from the c-section (I had massive blood loss too, so I needed a transfusion to make milk and urinate at all) and then a week at home (still unable to sleep or eat because of this weird chest pain) and then another week in the hospital with the pneumonia.

They didn't let me keep my twins with me for the pneumonia: I had to pump. And over the days, the amount I could pump dropped from 27 ounces to 8. I only got nursing time once a day, and how much it hurt to know that they would both need formula bottles because I couldn't be there! Once I was discharged, I went home to chaos - my inlaws had arrived (my mother in law is here again) someone had threatened CPS (not as bad as it sounds, I guess, the lady's quite nice and we're in no trouble) my toddler had diaper rash and was telling everyone "mama sick!"

What did I do? I climbed on the couch, ignored everyone except Adia, my toddler, sent my husband out for any nursing pillow he could find, a huge bottle of water, and some movies (he works at a video store) and then I SAT THERE and nursed for about a week. By the fifth day, we had proof that they were finally gaining weight (they dropped weight on the formula to 6 lbs 2 oz and 6 lbs 15 oz, starting weights of 7 lbs 7 oz and 8 lbs) they had rid themselves of the last of their jaundiced color, and I felt secure enough to take my breastfeeding show on the road. Also, I'd seen enough kid's movies to be able to sing along with them - that's kinda scary, but it kept my three year old entertained.

Let stuff go: just break your day up into breakfast, lunch dinner, and two easy snacks. Cook ahead if you have to. Order out if you can. Spend a week or so just nursing, drinking water, and watching tv. Alaina never figured out her latch until the week we spent nursing: she was kinda the smallest baby I've ever had, and my breasts are ginormous, so she was gasping for air a lot. Turns out she was a football hold baby, unlike my bigger two (Adia was 9 lbs 5 oz, and Patience was 8). That time gave us lots of time to experiment, and was well worth paying for six pizzas and a vat of salads.
post #22 of 24
Man, I missed half the question.

I drank Mother's Milk tea and took fenugreek during that first nursing week: you can get both at a natural foods store or I actually bought mine at a Fred Meyer. If you smell like maple syrup, you've taken enough. I also took brewer's yeast.

There's information on www.kellymom.com about low milk supply and relactation, and galactagogues. For me, the fenugreek and the tea and the yeast did the job with gratifying speed: I felt more engorged almost immediately. There is also a link between oatmeal and milk: for that reason, there's a great lactation cookie recipe out there I recommend wholeheartedly. They're tasty, my three year old loves them, and hey, fringe benefit, they make the herbs taste great. You can google "housepoet's lactation cookies" or just "lactation cookies" and there you'll be.

A lot of success in nursing is constant nearness, at least for me: I sleep with both babies, and find that they used to - up til about 11 lbs for Patience and 10 lbs for Alaina - nurse about every 90 minutes, especially those first few weeks. Not much sleep, but if they're right there, you can at least doze off.

Now they're down to nursing at least once every three hours, so that's a nice change.
post #23 of 24
I just wanted to lend my support. My boys are now 2 weeks old, and are EBF. I know several of the nurses at the hospital, ( and some family members) had reservations about whether or not I could do it, but I refused all bottles (except at delivery for their very low blood sugar) and would not even allow it in the room with us. I had a c/s but I took advantage of having to stay in bed, and I just nursed the entire 5 days I was in hospital. I ignored scheduling suggestions and let the babies drive. By the time I left the nurses were telling me I had educated THEM about Bf'ing. Stick to your plan, and let the babies control the demand. Get them to the breast every chance you get. Your babies are lucky to have mama willing to fight so hard for them!
post #24 of 24
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I just wanted to lend my support. My boys are now 2 weeks old, and are EBF. I know several of the nurses at the hospital, ( and some family members) had reservations about whether or not I could do it, but I refused all bottles (except at delivery for their very low blood sugar) and would not even allow it in the room with us. I had a c/s but I took advantage of having to stay in bed, and I just nursed the entire 5 days I was in hospital. I ignored scheduling suggestions and let the babies drive. By the time I left the nurses were telling me I had educated THEM about Bf'ing. Stick to your plan, and let the babies control the demand. Get them to the breast every chance you get. Your babies are lucky to have mama willing to fight so hard for them!
Good for you. I did the same thing, the nurses told me it was unheard of to feed every 1 1/2 hour, she suggested every 3 hours. I ignored her and said I'll feed them when they're hungry! One young nurse came up to me said I am in aww how you are able to handle your twins, feeding etc. I told her I just listen to my intuition and my babies, not everyone else.
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