Congratulations! Good thing you found out early. I found out I was having twins at 28 weeks, and gave birth 2 1/2 weeks later
: . You have lots of time to prepare. Mine also were in seperate sacks, and was told they were fraternal by the u/s tech, but I suspect they are actually identical. I'm going to have them tested sometime to find out for sure.
First of all, get the book Having Twins And More by Elizabeth Noble. It is a big book, and very AP friendly. I don't have the Mothering Multiples book, but I want it.
There is an AP multiples Yahoo group that seems to be good. I never have time to get on, but I joined it.
As far as breastfeeding, my girls are 6 months old, and are exclusively breastfed. I knew it could be done, and that was echoed by most of the nurses in the NICU where my dds spent their first five weeks. But there was ONE who tried to convince me that I wasn't making enough milk for both of them, and then the clinic I took them to afterwards for check ups had me convinced that they weren't gaining enough weight, and prescribed formula. I freaked, and gave them a bottle after nursing sessions for ONE day, and then they wouldn't suck right at the breast so I gave up and listened to my intuition (and my midwife), which told me they were doing fine. The doctors finally admitted that their weight gain was adequate, and I found another bf-friendly doctor. So it would help you to find support in that area. My babies are now fat little things, in the 50th percentile for 4 month olds (which is their corrected age).
I learned to breastfeed in the NICU. I started pumping the day after my c-section, because my babies were too little to eat at first. I pumped every three hours, and it took a week for my colostrum to come in. I brought my milk to the NICU,and it was given to them through tube feedings the first two weeks, and then I tried breastfeeding. It took awhile to get the hang of it, and was VERY frustrating at times. Luckily, alot of our NICU nurses had exeperience with breast-feeding or were also lactation consultants, so I had alot of people watching me and helping. Please find someone to help you, because it's not always easy, especially with twins.
Try tandem nursing as soon as possible - it saves time, and you don't have to listen to the other baby cry if it wakes up while you are feeding the first. It will also boost your milk supply. It seems hard and awkward at first, but you will get the hang of it. I just use a Boppy pillow my sister gave me, but I know they have pillows especailly for nursing twins.
Co-sleeping with nursing twins will save your sanity! I have one on each side of me, and I just roll back and forth all night to feed them. If they wake up at the same time, I just tandem nurse them sitting up in bed, but I try to avoid that. I wake up sore and stiff from being sandwiched in by my little muffins, but it goes away as I move around. I would rather be stiff and hurt for an hour everday and get 7+ hours of sleep, than to get 2 or 3 hours of sleep, which is what I got before co-sleeping.
PP that mentioned a supportive partner is right on! My dh cooks most of our meals (hardly ever cooked before dds arrived!LOL), goes to the store for me, helps with babies, etc. He has been very encouraging all along, when I was stressed out about not making enough milk/babies' slow weight gain, etc. Also, MIL helps me out by cleaning my house, because I sure don't have time to do more than a little bit of laundry.
Good luck with everything. You CAN breastfeed twins exclusively! Just get help when you need it. Come here often! PM me and others if you need to talk
Twins are AWESOME! We are all lucky to have them...