I can't wait to be a breastfeeding mom! I am looking for any advice about breastfeeding twins. Everything I've read about it is not as positive as I would like. . . Says that it's possible, but hard, and make sure to have a back-up plan. Well, I really don't want to ever put a rubber nipple in my babies' mouths, and want to know what I can do to best achieve this. I hope I don't have unreal expectations. Everything else in my pregnancy has not gone as planned, and I REALLY want to be able to exclusively breastfeed.
Thanks for any help!
Mindfully mothering SIX kids (ages 5, 6, 8, 9, 11 & 11) in a small house with a lot of love.
She has gotten a lot of support from La Leche and is even training to be a lactation consultant now specializing in multiples.
All I can say is that she is an amazing woman with wonderful daughters!
I wish you all the best!
Or are you on bed rest?
I would call a La Leche League leader. I would line up a good lactation consultant NOW and if they have IBCLC after their name, that's the best.
Have you read Mothering Multiples or Having Twins? These two books may help. The first is put out by LLL.
I saw that you may have a c-sec on the other thread, and the same advice goes: LLL and an LC will help.
If the babies arrive early that is another set of issues...again, LLL and an IBCLC can help.
If the first LLL leader or LC you call doesn't sound helpful, try another. Be persistent. Ask if they know any currently nursing moms of twins, or leaders in a nearby town with twins. Ask the LC if she has any experience with twins (etc.) Here I am assuming you live in an area with different choices...sorry for assuming. I guess what I'm saying is be persistent. And that may be a lot easier BEFORE the babies are born.
Have you read a good breastfeeding book so you know the basics? (The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding,
So That's What They're For! Breastfeeding Basics are a couple good ones. IGNORE What to Expect The First Year for breastfeeding advice.)
Some good breastfeeding websites
Expect to need a LOT of rest especially after a CS, especially if nursing two. Demand to be waited on. I'm serious. Fill your freezer with food or get a loved one to do it. Breastfeeding is wonderful and rewarding, but can be very hard work in the early weeks especially with ONE baby...never mind two.
she nursed them for 2 years! she told me she called her ILs up when they were 6 months old and told them the twins just had their first solids, and her FIL was like well, i'm eating my words now! she was determined to prove him wrong.
she told me she would eat an entire box of waffles for breakfast while she was nursing them! and she told me how the girl twin liked the slower-flowing breast and the boy twin preferred the forceful one. i thought that was pretty cool that they each had a favorite side.
to you for wanting to nurse your twins!
Here's one thread
I know laralou has twins, I don't remember who else right off the top of my head.
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Most Twins clubs are full of folks who will tell you not to nurse-ignore them! Good luck.
Check out the yahoo group--apmultiples, for a real good reality check and lots of helpful friendly advice. Karen Gromada, the author of Mothering Mults, posts on it almost every day! how cool is that? (she has 25 yr old twins, is a Leader of a mult LLL group for the last 20 yrs or more). A couple MDCers post there too.
Know that even if you get off to a rocky start with bfing mults, you can overcome just about anything, even if they won't suck at first and need their milk thru a tube, cup, SNS, dropper or even a bottle. (common for babies born early to not have a sucking reflex) Many MOMs resort to bottles b/c of the time issue. The other techniques are messy and very time consuming for 2. Give yourself a good 3 months to get everything going well. Expect to do nothing but sit on the couch with your pillow, or in bed, and nurse, and/or pump.
Set up a support system for housework and food prep , now! It really takes a village with twins.