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#1 of 16 Old 07-08-2009, 08:41 PM - Thread Starter
 
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In the thread I started about the necessity of the EZ2 Nurse pillow there was a lot of talk about it all depending on one's breast size. So I am wondering now (and really have been) how big busted women handle nursing twins.

Even nursing one at a time is difficult for me for the first few months. I normally have about a 36 DDD (or E) and when I first give birth they are so big I don't even bother with a bra but bra tops rather so I'm not too sure how big they get technically. But I do have to use both hands just to nurse one as my boob suffocates baby and they turn their head away. I am thinking I probably am not going to be able to tandem for this reason.

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Sounds like we are about the same size Non-pregnant I am a 34 DDD...my current nursing bra is a 34 H...geez, I always wondered what came next

I did use the EZ pillow to tandem for about the first month, then it seemed to get difficult...I had to support each breast so that it would stay in each baby's mouth and it felt like I had my arms all crossed everywhere! So, for about 5 months I still used the pillow, but only to nurse each baby alone (I actually did like it way better than my other singleton nursing pillow...like the firm, flatter surface). Now that my babies are 6 months old, I've tried a few times to return to tandem with the EZ pillow and it seems to work pretty well. They kind of use their own hands now and all seems to just line up better, which makes me happy as it is nice to nurse them together and witness the hand holding ...but the scratching at each other's eyes is there too .

I am also pretty short - 5' 1", and very short in the waist.

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We loved the ez-2-nurse! I ended up having 3 of them (we only bought one), and stashed one with each set of grandparents. I was a 40H after the boys were born (yikes!), and I'm a little bit taller, but I found that I could actually do the hands-free nursing like they advertise. (I spent a lot of time on MDC!) I would just latch them on and then I didn't have to do much else.

It lasted about the first 6 months, and then we started just using it sometimes, and then they got too big for it. But we have really only and always done tandem, because if I just nursed one, I didn't know what to do with the other one. And then when they got older, if one wanted it, the other one had to have it too!
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Before I got pregnant I was a 34F. My nursing bras are . . . I can't even remember right now and I'm too lazy to go look. They're big. Anyway, I've tandem nursed the whole time. The EZ2Nurse pillow was fantastic until they outgrew it. I could nurse them both AND knit at the same time.

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I also have a 34H nursing bra. I didn't have an EZ2, but I did have a large nursing pillow bought for me by a family friend. It sat on my lap and went around from hip to hip. I used it from week 1 (when we all got home from the hospital) until they weaned at 18 months. (To the point that when they wanted to nurse they actually brought me the pillow when they wanted to nurse).

It was the best thing ever. They never outgrew it and I totally had hands free the whole time, so if one finished before the other I could lift them and burp them in those early months or put them on the couch next to me when they got older.

I never had a problem with suffocation or manuvering. Just stuck my nipple in their mouth and off they went.

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Before I got pregnant I was a 34F. My nursing bras are . . . I can't even remember right now and I'm too lazy to go look. They're big. Anyway, I've tandem nursed the whole time. The EZ2Nurse pillow was fantastic until they outgrew it. I could nurse them both AND knit at the same time.

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my boobs are huge. and long. when i tandem nurse i just with my legs criss-crossed and the babies piled on top of eachother with my hands supporting their heads. this took help of course.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/andreas...7614891419738/

or with my other kids when one was old enough i had one on a thin pillow "foot-ball hold" style and the other "cradle hold" with my arm supporting them.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/andreas...7600526387278/

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Those pictures were very helpful, thank you!!! :

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I have large breasts as well, I'm at a G right now..Aja-belly's pics are exactly how we did it, although I didn't tandem nurse very often. I tandem now because they are toddlers and if one wants to nurse, the other has to nurse, but we've figured out our own way since they're older :
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You might do better with the My Breast Friend pillow when they're tiny - it's flat and lower than the EZ 2 Nurse one and should have enough room for them while they're small.

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I had my twins before I found MDC so I wasn't so committed to exclusive bf'ing as I would be now, but here's what I did. My breasts are about the same size as you and I rarely tandem nursed bc I couldn't get the hang of doing it hands free. I either nursed them at different times or nursed one and bottle-fed the other in the bouncy seat next to me. They both had no trouble switching from bottle to breast, so I just alternated who got the breast each time. I did nurse them both when my mom or DH was home to help with getting them on and off, but most of the time they each just took turns. One of the things that having twins is that you've gotta be flexible and do what works best for your situation.
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I couldn't tandem until the babies were able to hold their own breast and latch on themselves. It worked fine. They are id twins and I had them on opposite schedules.

So around 4-5 months old we started tandem nursing. I used a big recliner and blankets under their heads to adjust their positions. The pillow was always too tall for me.

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I love love loved my EZ-2 nurse I'm a F when not BFing and an I when my milk comes in. When my girls were little they needed rolled up blankets under their heads to keep them positioned right but they outgrew that within a month. Once they got old enough to sit on my lap and nurse, I did that. Much easier when they can help the process. I do have to hoist the tatas up to position but with the ez you can do that without worrying about the other twin rolling off.

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I have huge breasts (sound about the same as yours), and I loved the EZ pillow. What I did was to roll a thick baby blanket and use that to prop my breasts up. That way I could nurse hands-free, without having to hold each breast in a hand. You are generally supposed to support your breasts as long as your breasts are larger than your babies' heads. This took a LONG time for me, lol! Like, maybe two years! I only used the twin pillow for the first three months, though (after that my babies nursed for much shorter lengths of time and I found I enjoyed nursing them one-at-a-time instead).

This is a picture of me tandem-nursing my one-week-old babies THE WRONG WAY: don't do this!. It was before I got my twin pillow, and my nipples were horribly damaged due to my not supporting my breasts correctly, and just letting them hang. The pillow worked by propping the babies up, and then the rolled blanket propped my breasts up, so that they weren't hanging at all. And finally my nipples began to heal!

FWIW, I do believe that having larger breasts will be to your advantage when tandem nursing in the long-term. When my twins were 7 months old, I was able to start nursing them both while lying down, with a twin in each armpit since "luckily" my breasts could easily stretch that way.

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Here's the EZ-2 nurse with week old twins. I guess i was able to nurse hands free

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y9/...s/P1010087.jpg

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FWIW, I do believe that having larger breasts will be to your advantage when tandem nursing in the long-term. When my twins were 7 months old, I was able to start nursing them both while lying down, with a twin in each armpit since "luckily" my breasts could easily stretch that way.

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I totally agree with this! It's a morning ritual for my 2 yo twins to wake up in the morning, and have each boy in each armpit and nurse, while I watch TV :
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