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post #21 of 62
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Originally Posted by OhMeOhMy View Post
Eat. A LOT. I felt liek I was constantly eating and drinking. I swear.
Seriously? Way to make a 31 week twin pregger cry. I'm SOOO tired of eating for the sake of eating and gaining weight. I thought I was nearly done.

But thank all of you for the wonderful advice.
post #22 of 62
I'm 11 weeks pregnant with twins and it's so reassuring to find out so many other twin moms were able to breastfeed!

Brenda
post #23 of 62
I bf my b/g twins till 3 years plus a few months. Exclusively b-fed till solids, no formula, though I did try expressed milk in a bottle, they never took it.

You can do it - just don't listen to anyone who tells you that you can't and find people to support you (LLL was great for me when I was pregnant, and especially the first 6 months of b-feeding twins).
post #24 of 62
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Originally Posted by Kewpie View Post
Seriously? Way to make a 31 week twin pregger cry. I'm SOOO tired of eating for the sake of eating and gaining weight. I thought I was nearly done.
Don't worry - it's not the same thing after they're born. I literally cried over my food (like into the bowl) trying to force-feed myself while pg with the twins. It's not like that now. Now I actually have an appetite. I eat all the time, but I actually want to (and have room for the food). It's an interesting time! My poor dh is trying to shed the weight *he* gained while I was pg with the twins (I gained very little, relatively speaking) while I'm eating a ton and still dropping the pounds (I'm about 20 lbs below my pre-pg weight which I haven't been since high school days 15ish years ago!).
post #25 of 62
So would you say the perfect postpartum diet is to breastfeed twins?
post #26 of 62
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Originally Posted by 2+twins View Post
I'm eating a ton and still dropping the pounds (I'm about 20 lbs below my pre-pg weight which I haven't been since high school days 15ish years ago!).

Ok, 2+twins... i really dont like you j/k I'm actually trying to watch what I eat and was going to the gym 5 days/week (till my munchkins got a cold thats just not going away) and my weight is just not moving!!! grrr Granted, I gained 100lbs while I was preggo, but I dropped 45lbs during labor & first 2 weeks and only 15 more lbs since then (6 months). Why is my body not working like everyone else's??? I am still BFing (did exclusively till they were 6 months) and just started introducing solids. I need the remaining 40lbs to go away!!!
post #27 of 62
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Originally Posted by MamaRabbit View Post
So would you say the perfect postpartum diet is to breastfeed twins?
Exactly! My dh gives me such a hard time about what I eat (lots of ice cream related products, I admit) but I figure I've gotta milk this (ha ha) for all it's worth b/c eventually this good thing will come to an end.
post #28 of 62
Just saw this - and I have no experience with twins, but my sister is (probably as we speak ) breastfeeding twins. She had a natural twin birth, no tearing, and has exclusively breast fed for 5 months now. Oh, and she also does all the housework, including ironing her DH's shirts and making his lunch (cooks dinner, dishes, the whole 9 yards). (Can you tell I think she's being taken advantage of )

She's not too crunchy (or wasn't to start with) and wasn't too committed to the b/f, but the hospital (in Australia) kept her in a little longer until she felt confident with the breastfeeding (apparently getting the babies on together is HARD!) She's thinking about starting solids soon, but for now it's b/milk - I'm so pleased
post #29 of 62
Breastfeeding my twins is something I really wanted to do with success. I nursed my twins until 27 months, no formula. I was determined, even though you tend to get some negativity from family and friends. The advise I can give is to be prepared, read up all you can, contact LLL group, get supportive people around you. If it was for my Dh and my mom I don't know what I would have done it. Have your pumps ready, your hot and cold packs, your beverages and meals ready. I had to pump at home while my twins were in the NICU for 10 days and rented the hospital pump during this time. YOU CAN DO IT. You can always come on MDC for help if you hit a bump! We're very supportive.
post #30 of 62
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Originally Posted by MamaRabbit View Post
So would you say the perfect postpartum diet is to breastfeed twins?
It didn't work that way for me. My sons were big to start with (8 pounds each at birth), and ate a LOT! So I never dare limit my own intact, for fear of impacting my milk supply. I lost very little weight while nursing my sons, but I sure ate well! Guilt-free Haagen-Daaz!
post #31 of 62
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Originally Posted by Kewpie View Post
Seriously? Way to make a 31 week twin pregger cry. I'm SOOO tired of eating for the sake of eating and gaining weight. I thought I was nearly done.

But thank all of you for the wonderful advice.
Aww mama!

You are going to *feel* hungry. I was always hungry and stuffing my face. I felt like "whoa! You better slow down!!", but i twas actually the opposite. I *did* need to eat more.

And btw .. . I know that "gag it down for the sake of the babies" feeling. I'm sorry mama! Just eat one thing at a time throughout the day. That's what I did. Munch an apple now. Fifteen - twenty minutes later munch carrot sticks. Fifteen - twenty minutes later munch some ham sandwich. And so on. I had a hard time keeping *anything* down until about 28 wks so if I ate more at once I was certainly done for.
post #32 of 62
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Originally Posted by nd_deadhead View Post
IGuilt-free Haagen-Daaz!
I loved this about all the nursing of twins -- and found I was SO hungry (especially in the early months) and it wasn't hard to eat while nursing (unlike eating while pregnant. Now I am in the not-so-fun place where they have cut WAY back (only 3-4 times a day and sleeping through the night) so I find I *can't* have chocolate cake all the time?!?!?! Well, it was good while it lasted
post #33 of 62
Totally doable. I had a section, and had to supplement a bit (lousy pediatrician at the hospital, gave birth Friday night so there was no LC until Monday, I was on a LOT of IV fluids, so the kids' weights were artifically high and the staff freaked out when DS dropped more than 10% of his weight, DS had a poor poor latch, did I mention there was no LC for 2 days and so on) but I am still going strong at 9 months.

My story is here: http://twinkies.bastetweb.com/catego...eeding/page/3/ Start from the bottom and read up to go in chronological order.
post #34 of 62
Regarding the "forcing yourself to eat" issue...

I find that it is very difficult to find any time to eat during the day and welcome ANY chance to stuff my face. It doesn't have the same obligatory feeling that eating during pg had... it's more of a desperate feeling. Does that make you feel better?
post #35 of 62
Keep in mind also that postpartum you do not have all that pressure on your insides.

Eating is MUCH more pleasurable postpartum than in the last trimester. You just have to crave out the time to do it (or learn how to eat one-handed. I mastered eating spagetti one handed. ;>)

So yeah, you probably will feel different about eating to nurse than you do in pregnancy. I never had much of an appetite while pregnant, which was hard...but it came back big time while nursing.
post #36 of 62
You're not alone. I haven't lost weight since the twins were born (and now that they're 8 months, probably wouldn't without watching what I eat). I'm a bit afraid to limit my calories lest I endanger my milk supply.
post #37 of 62
I'm exclusively bfing my 3 month old twins as well. I also had a c-section, which didn't seem like a big deal where bfing is concerned. I also use an EZ-2-Nurse pillow, but I find a boppy is sometimes easier when tandem feeding. I usually nurse them laying down one at a time at night. I kinda flip flop between them.

Ditto the always hungry. It's a nice hunger, though. Not like when you're pregnant and can't eat or smell certain things. Plus, there's room in the belly for all that food.

I'm still trying to drop the last 10-15 pounds of pregnancy weight. I can't imagine why I'm not below prepreg as much as I nurse. I guess I need to watch all of the in-between-meal handfuls of wheat thins and peanut butter pretzels.

And as a pp mentioned, expect to have to stand up to well-meaning docs in the hospital. My OB actually told me he was going to bring some bottles of formula to me in my postpartum room. : I in no uncertain terms told him he had better not and that it was frankly none of his business how I fed my babies. I also had nurses pushing formula when the babies dropped 10% body weight before my milk came again. I asked for a pump instead. Luckily, I had very supportive LCs. I remember one in particular got really happy and excited when ds had a particularly wet diaper the day before discharge.
post #38 of 62
I am nursing my two-year old twins! Totally do-able. Ditto PP about two babies, two boobs, so it works out.

I had a PP doula who was a lactation consultant lined up ahead of time to help support nursing. I needed a lot of help. My girls were born at 37-weeks, but one was only 4-1/2 lbs. She developed jaundice & we did supplement with formula before my milk came in -- she needed fluids. They didn't really develop nipple confusion or a preference for the bottle, but they were very, very sleepy, I think from the jaundice & being newborns, and we had to wake them and disturb them to get them to eat. We needed help with finger feeding & the SNS to get them nursing. So I say this not to share a horror story, just to say that I found it helpful to have in-home support lined up ahead of time & that if there are issues in the beginning, you can work through them.

About PP weight loss, I gained 80 lbs while pregnant & lost it all by 6-months PP -- thank you breastfeeding twins!

I have to watch what I eat now -- I don't have a great metabolism, but in the beginning, it was great.
post #39 of 62
I'm nursing my 3.5 year old twins. They were preemies, I had severe pre eclampsia, my illness took 18 months to completely resolve, many challenges mainly due to my health in the beginning plus their prematurity of course. We still nursed. Around the clock. I ate (and gained tons of weight, which I have since lost - I have yet to meet a mother of multiples IRL whose weight loss story matches any I have read on this thread - kudos to you who somehow manage to lose weight!).

I just wanted to say that even with emergencies, illness, c-section, prematurity, four months of deep breast thrush, not letting down to the best pump on the market, and supplementing with formula for 9 and 10 1/2 months respectively, I STILL NURSED. ALL THE TIME. It was the best thing I did.

At 3.5 years, it's still one of the best things I do. It is one of the best things I will ever have done.

You can do it. People will tell you all kinds of things you "can't" do with twins. So what? You will do them anyway. People are entitled to their (wrong) opinions. You are entitled to breastfeed.
post #40 of 62
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Originally Posted by Kewpie View Post
Seriously? Way to make a 31 week twin pregger cry. I'm SOOO tired of eating for the sake of eating and gaining weight. I thought I was nearly done.

But thank all of you for the wonderful advice.
I gained a ton of weight because I ate like I was still pregnant. Every woman is different. I was at prepregnancy weight in 1 week and then I started going up. I weight 20 pounds more than my prepregnancy because I gained weight while nursing mine. See how your body responds.
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