Wow, that's amazing dedication. How wonderful!!!
I am still technically nursing dd and ds. I say technically because I don't refuse, but they just don't seem interested anymore
except sometimes at night or when they're not feeling well. It is very far from being a significant contributor to their nutrition - they only nurse for very short periods and only every now and then.
But that is also likely related to the fact that I started having to supplement with formula around 7 -8 months or so when I stopped pumping at nighttime (after they were sleeping through), and then stopped formula and switched to whole cow's milk at 14 months. All the while nursing whenever they pleased, but once they started solids (also around 7-8 months), they were just really into that. Now they drink their milk from a cup and eat practially all adult foods. I think it depends on the kids, how much you've had to offer bottles (regardless of whether EBM or ABM), and how much they eat/drink regular foods.
On the one hand, I'm pretty proud that I nursed at all. Around MDC, people roll eyes at nursing for only 3 months, but MOMs know that's a huge effort in and of itself. And a lot of people I've met assume twins are automatically going to be FF completely. On the other hand, I think I could have done things differently that would have promoted exclusive nursing past 7-8 months, such as:
* Delayed the start of solid foods until my milk supply was strong enough on its own with no pumping. I kind of gave myself a double whammy by stopping pumping AND starting dd and ds on solids. Talk about a drop in demand.
* Looked into natural supply boosters (domp., fenugreek, others), to assist with quitting pumping.
* Handled a few more days (weeks??) of hungry babies before desperately reaching for formula due to feeling scared about malnutrition.
* Even if we did use formula to get through the peak demand of that 7-8 month growth spurt, still held off on cow's milk and just weaned off of formula and back onto me exclusively around a year, and then waited months or a year or more before introducing cow's milk.
Except for middle of the night feedings during early infancy, I always nursed mine separately. They are very different nursers and bugged each other to no end. I like the separate bonding time too.
I love reading these stories!