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post #41 of 62
I had an emergency c-section with my twins. I was determined to breastfeed them, but had to overcome a few obstacles. The hospital kept giving them sugar water. They were very sleepy from the drugs and didn't have a very powerful suck. My nipples were flat and I was crying and begging for a lactaction consultant. The nurses just kept recommending formula. The lactation consultant who came by once was useless. Finally a nurse took pity on me and recommended nipple shields for the flat nipples. She also recommended a breast pump to get things going. Those two things helped soooo much!

By the time we got home four days later we were off the formula, which made the girls really sick anyway. I had to make a decision to not keep any in the house so I would have to nurse. It was not easy but I was really determined and it worked out. The girls nursed until I was 6 months pregnant with number 3-they were about 2 and a half.

The Le Leche League book Mothering Multiples was really helpful. I wish I had read it before the twins were born.
post #42 of 62
Congratulations! I don't have time to read any of the replies but we are still nursing strong at 15 months. No bottles, no pumping, nothing. Besides me going crazy we have had no complications.
post #43 of 62

EBF Triplets and DS

Congrats on your twin pregnancy! My triplet girls are now 7 months old and have never had a bottle nor solid food. They aren't the biggest babies on the block but healthy and are growing. Luckily I have a wonderful ND that is on board with ebf and advises to hold off on solids for as long as possible.

The kicker, my almost 4 year old DS is also still nursing. It almost makes it easier because I can feed two at at time. It also was a godsend in the beginning when I was engorged and the babies weren't drinking all that much.

You can do it!
post #44 of 62
Wow, great advice and stories! Thanks to everyone who's sharing and congrats on what a great job you're all doing.

Kewpie,
I know exactly how you feel. I can barely stand to eat at all, but I do. I fantasize about one day actually feeling hungry for something, anything, again. Meanwhile I have promised myself that after these babes are born I will not force myself to eat eggs ever again...ever.

I'm also planning to EBF and have donated all the formula samples that arrive unbidden at my door and have refused to buy or receive any bottles. Nearly everyone thinks I'm not only nuts, but incredibly stubborn. (Okay, maybe they're right about the stubborn.) Gotta love my mom though--she didn't nurse me (back in the sixties) but did both of my younger sisters and has been the only person IRL who's completely supportive of my plans.
post #45 of 62
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Originally Posted by elisabethmelner View Post
My triplet girls are now 7 months old and have never had a bottle nor solid food.


YOU are my hero.
post #46 of 62
We are heading into 11 months here..breastfeeding and no bottles..personally I have no idea how I would have time to express..how do some of you moms do it ??
I also had the EZ to nurse pillow but didnt use it 'til the boys were 3 weeks or so..I just loved holding them in my arms in the cradle position too much!
post #47 of 62
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YOU are my hero.
Mine too!!!
post #48 of 62
You are amazing, Beth! I got your PM-please call me anytime.
post #49 of 62
I have a friend who successfully bf'd TRIPLETS for 1 year - with just a little supplementation.

I myself bf'd my triplets exclusively for 6 months . . . .

YOU CAN DO IT!
post #50 of 62
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Originally Posted by elisabethmelner View Post
My triplet girls are now 7 months old and have never had a bottle nor solid food. The kicker, my almost 4 year old DS is also still nursing.
Holy cow woman -- you rock!
post #51 of 62
My babies were born at 31 weeks and I had a lot of support from the staff in our NICU and their specialist LC. It was hard, especially at first because they were not able to nurse very often or for long, and even when they came home they had to be bottle fed after every breastfeed as they were not strong enough to take enough milk in just a breastfeed. As my supply of frozen milk dried up I started to stress and asked for a prescription of domperidone. I also bought some formula and felt like the worst mother in the world. I was certain I would slip-slide into formula feeding if I ever gave them formula.

However it didn't happen, and knowing I had it there as a 'back up' gave the the strength to continue. With the twins at home I had very little time to express but usually managed once a day, and so one baby would get formula and one breastmilk in their evening bottle. By the time they were four months corrected they no longer needed supplementary bottles. They are still nursing 3-4 times a day, and I have no plans to quit any time soon.

I also recommend a good nursing pillow, mine is babyfirst and I love it.

Congratulations on your twins, they really are so wonderful. Mine have just learnt to kiss each other and it's the sweetest thing I've ever seen.
post #52 of 62
Just another voice of "you can do it"!

Be flexible with yourself and your babies, and try not to let "less-than-ideal" feedings get you down...each nursing is a fresh start in those sometimes challenging early days!

We had to pump following each nursing to get BM to supplement our daughter who was a bit smaller and the "exercise" of nursing was taking a toll on her gaining-wise...but we ALL made it (and flourished), and nursed the first year.

Keep thinking positively and seeking out support from those who've "been there" and can help you stay upbeat when things get tough (not that they will, but just in case!)

Best-
Cheryl Lage
post #53 of 62
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You ladies have been very helpful so far. I'm really starting to build some confidence here and that's great! So let me ask you mommas how often in during the night are you b'feeding your twins? Is it every hour or every two hours? I remember with my ds it was every 2 hrs so is it like this with twins too? Also, do a lot you guys tandem b'feed during the middle of the night or just one at a time? thanks
post #54 of 62
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You are amazing, Beth! I got your PM-please call me anytime.
Thanks everyone! It really feels good to still get encouragement and support with breastfeeding the girls. However, I think any of you twin mommas here would be doing the same if you had one more mouth to feed. Supplementing just wasn't even an option for me. It is a time commitment, but I wouldn't trade this experience for the world. Nancy, I've been trying to call you all week. I'm hoping we can connect this week.

Danigrl, when the girls were first born it was every 2-3 hours at night. It is SO HELPFUL to get the nightime tandem nursing down. Now, at 7 months, the girls are eating every 3-4 hours. I lay on my back, put a firm pillow that is almost level with my shoulder, under each arm and then put each girl in the crook of my arm. Because the pillow supports them, I can even fall asleep like this. The tricky part is when the 3rd one wakes up. I usually have to wake up DH to help me switch out girls. With my severe stomach muscle separation, it is really hard getting up from a flat lying position (trying to do so will make the separation worse), especially with two babies. You'll figure out what works best for you.
post #55 of 62
Beth, have you called and couldn't get through to me or you have wanted to call but just haven't had time? Please leave a message if you call so I know if you try to reach me. I will call you back anytime! I was just telling my dh about you today-you are so awesome!
post #56 of 62
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So let me ask you mommas how often in during the night are you b'feeding your twins? Is it every hour or every two hours? I remember with my ds it was every 2 hrs so is it like this with twins too? Also, do a lot you guys tandem b'feed during the middle of the night or just one at a time? thanks
My twins are 15 months now and I don't know how often they nurse but I would say they wake about 6-8 times a night to nurse. When they were newborns I think on average they woke every 2-3 hours to nurse. I always tandem nurse them at night (have since about 7 months). I just lay on my back and they flop on top of me or lay in the crook of each arm. I did tandem nurse some at night when they were newborns but it was extremely difficult and stressful.
post #57 of 62
Hey danigirl - congrats on your twin pregnancy! You've definitely come to the right place for support.

My guys are nearly 7 months now and still going hard on the boob! We've started some solids but have never used any formula. There were months that were frustrating as they seemed to be constantly feeding day and night but your commitment to BF will get you through.

As for night feeding, I tandem fed in the night for the first couple of months but now they rarely wake together and so I just feed the hungry one. Night feedings are about 3 times each right now but this is a huge improvement from a few months ago. I have to say that I couldn't have made it through those early months without DH. He's up in the night as much as I am (sometimes more) helping by rocking babies, changing diapers, bringing babies to me and putting them back in their cot in our room after feeding... etc. They were cosleeping with me until recently (now we are often all cosleeping snugly in our bed by morning).

All the best!!!
post #58 of 62
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Originally Posted by gemelos View Post
Beth, have you called and couldn't get through to me or you have wanted to call but just haven't had time?
I just haven't had a quiet moment to call you! I believe you are 2 hours ahead of me (I'm on the West coast) so it seems like my free time is your dinner time. One of these days....
post #59 of 62
I have no idea how often my twins nurse at night; I don't think I really wake up at all. I sleep with one on each side of me, and just roll back and forth all night. They mostly don't wake at the same time, so I'll just fall asleep with one nursing, and then by the time the other fusses the first one has come off the boob so I roll over and latch the other one on awhile. It's not a perfect system-- sometimes i actually have to sit up and nurse both at once-- but mostly it works. I would hazard a guess that DS eats about 4 times between 10 pm and 7 am, and DD maybe 3 times. But that's just a guess.
post #60 of 62
My twins are 12 months now and nurse at least 2-3 times each during the night but a lot of nights it's very frequent. I think it's a lot more to do w/comfort though than actual nursing. I have to admit, it *is* rough on me (I'm not well rested) but I think this is the way it needs to be so I'll stick it out. Fwiw, my singletons were no different at night (I don't make solid sleepers). Since the twins were about 8 months I was able to tandem nurse them while lying down and that's made things a lot easier for us all. I often get them latched then drift back to sleep and wake up a couple hours later with them lying all across me. It's cute, actually.
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