I'm 36 weeks pregnant with twins. I had a nightmarish time BFing my 4 year old DD (low supply- I'm BFAR, poor latch/transfer, extreme pain, etc.). I ended up EPing for her for about a year (though I didn't actually make enough milk to feed her, and ended up supplementing with donor milk and formula), and swore at the end of it that I would never do that again.
I feel much more educated and supported this time, have an IBCLC who I've been working with in preparation, etc., and am planning for a very different experience. I've started taking Goats Rue, have the Fenugreek and Domperidone standing by, and have read everything I can get my hands on about breastfeeding twins. Our LC is on call, and will visit us in the hospital right after birth, and at home once we're there. I plan to rent a hospital grade pump for the short term to help increase my supply if needed.
So, my first question- I need to buy a pump for when I go back to work (3 months after birth). My insurance will pay for an Ameda Purely Yours or a Medela Pump in Style. When I EP'd with DD, I almost exclusively used a hospital grade pump. I had an older PIS that someone gave me, but really didn't use it often. Likewise, I tried a Purely Yours once and wasn't hugely impressed, but I really didn't use it enough to get a good feel for it. Any recommendations for a daily use pump for someone who has struggled with supply? Dragging a hospital grade pump to my office every day is not going to work, though as I said above, I will certainly use one in the beginning to help establish supply if needed.
My second question, more nebulous- any words of wisdom or support? After 4 years, and a lot of time to think/process/grieve the last breastfeeding disaster, I felt very confident about what I would do differently this time around - and then discovered that I was having twins! I'm trying to find a balance between confidence (I WILL breastfeed my babies!), and pragmatism. Every twin mom I've talked to has told me that you can't plan for what happens - you just have to deal with it as it comes. I'd love support around any of this.
Thanks for listening, and any input you have. Babies should be here sometime in the next few weeks, and I'm sure I'll be coming back for advice!
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As far as pumps go, I had a very good experience using a rented hospital grade Ameda. I purchased an Ameda Purely Yours Ultra after returning the rented pump. My need to pump had seriously died down by that point, but I did feel it got the job done well, and was the best reviewed model I could find.
I would recommend it. In comparison to the hospital grade pump, the consumer grade pump seemed to draw a similar amount of milk in a similar amount of time for me.
I hear how committed you are to making this work for you and your babies; I wish you all the best Mama!
I have also heard very good things about the PIS from friends and relatives. From all the LCs I talked to, they recommend getting the PIS or the Purely Yours, some had a slight preference of one over the other, but most said that they were both equally good, so I don't think you will probably go wrong with either.
As another soon to be twin mom, I totally feel you on trying to stay very positive "I will BF my babies!" and also being open to going with the flow. I don't want to be beating myself up if I have to supplement some/all, but I also want to keep positive because I do know (3 of my Aunts included) twin moms who successfully breastfed twins and I think I will be able to do it too, even after going back to work FT. We can do it but also any amount of breastmilk is good IMO and I'm not going to get down on myself if things don't work out perfectly!
Katie - Married to Mike 06/02/01, Mom to Sydney Anne born 11/21/09 and Alice Maeryn & Oliver Thomas born 04/24/13