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Ok, so this really is kind of a silly question, but I'm actually really curious about the answer. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue"> And since I've never actually bf anyone, I hoped someone here might be able to answer my ????<br><br>
I just read a story about a woman who gave birth to <a href="http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070902/ap_on_re_us/florida_sextuplets" target="_blank">sextuplets</a> in FL. And in the article they mention how the family received a year's supply of ready-made meals and baby formula. So, my question is - how difficult would it be to breastfeed 6 babies? Completely impossible or just slightly insane? In a case like that is it more acceptable to formula feed? I know that people do/have successfully bf twins, but how many have sucessfully bf more than 2 babies at a time? Multiples run in my family (though normally just twins) so I might need the info in the future. I completely plan to bf regardless of # of kiddos we end up with. It's just kind of fascinating, I was hoping someone would have some insight for me.
 

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there was a thread a while back about how could you AP 4 or 6 kids born at once ... or even jsut how AP can a huge family be with lots of little ones ... al la the TCL stories of huge families.........<br><br>
I don't know about EBF 6 of them.... i am sure you could BF them to a great extent and maybe have to supplement ... ??? don't know.<br><br>
I would THINK that if the body can birth them, it could feed them ... but THEN you get into natrual conception vs medical conception in the higher number births (saw in the news not too long ago that there was a set of 4 idinteal born without drugs recently)....<br><br>
I have read / heard that a lot of triplet moms do EBF.<br><br>
I personally know two twin moms who have EBF -- one up to 18 months.<br><br>
but ......... woud it be crazy -- i would think having 3, 4, 5, or 6 babis would be beyond crazy no matter how you feed them.<br><br>
i would assume that all your choices would have to be made based on survival and how much help you have.<br><br>
I know -- no matter how many babes i had -- i would bf ... if supplmentation was necessary at some point, well at least they'd be getting some mommas milk.<br><br>
then you also have to think -- with 3 or more they are often in NICU for a long time, twins are there too... so that figures in. I'd start pumping right away -- but after watching my sister get my newphew on to the breast off a nose feeding tube after he was NICU for 6 weeks ... i do not think it could be done to go though what she did for and with him with SIX at once ... physically not enough hours in the day -- YK? so I guess at that point, maybe you get to EBM and bottles.... ??? I don't know.<br><br>
but i can see how with 2 or 3 you could EBF and set up a routine and so on ... it might be less cue-driven and more sehcduel driven -- i guess depeneidn on personalities and how it "worked out" ....<br><br>
more than that, i might see pumping -- bottle feeding all the time -- and the babes getting 1/2 momma milk and 1/2 formual or whatever....<br><br>
i woudl think -- again jut a guess -- with multplie birth baies being smaller and spending time in NICU ANY mommas milk, even froma freind or bank, would be worth more than liquid gold for health and immunity reasons <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
I agree, no matter how many i had i would make sure they got some mommas milk ... and i would go wot great lenghts to see that they got little or not supplement........<br><br>
I'd jump at the free dinners for a year though<br><br>
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that girl will be sooooooooooooooooooooooooo much more careful in the future what she asks for......................<br><br>
sorry OT<br><br>
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Thanks Aimee for all of that info. It's just what I was looking for!! It makes sense what you said about if the body can birth them . . . I need to do some more research on bf, but I do plan to bf as long as possible when the time comes. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"><br><br>
Oh and there's a reason they say to be careful what you wish for. Tough lesson for a 4 year old. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue"><br><br>
Thanks, again!!
 

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one thing to take into consideration -- the higher number births are VERY RARE -- above twins and triplets. Yes, they do occure naturally (unlike this case) but the numbers are mind boggling <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">:<br><br>
I think nurseing of twins and triplets is well established -- and larger births are so rare as not to "enter intot he consideration" -- YK?<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/clap.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="clap"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/clap.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="clap"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/clap.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="clap"> decideing to BF is the biggest part of the process -- if you DECIDE you WILL do it -- then no matter the chalanges... you work though them <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Awhile back Oprah had a family on who had five (?) kids at once and she breastfed for the first 6 months I believe. I don't remember their last name or where they were from but she's my hero!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Awhile back Oprah had a family on who had five (?) kids at once and she breastfed for the first 6 months I believe. I don't remember their last name or where they were from but she's my hero!</div>
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It was SIX! She bf'ed sextuplets for 6 months!<br><br>
Oprah asked her how she did it, and she said, "By complaining the entire time!" <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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Thanks ladies for your answers. Gives a girl hope that if a mom can bf 6, I can bf any little one(s) who comes my way. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 
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