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Ok ladies, I need some advice!! I happend to get knocked up about two months ago, ydd was 3 months old... and it's twins! My ob informed me that I *must* stop nursing before 16 weeks. The problem is that I don't want to! I want my daughter to have what is best for her, if it is possible. I understand that *feeding* 4 people isn't easy. If anyone has been through this can you tell me how you made it through? What was your eating like? I am at a loss, as I never expected to have twins. It doesn't run in my family, and while I thought it would be "neat" when I had my first, after that the reality hit that that would be the only convenient time to have twins! Thanks in advance for any and all advice/encouragement you all have to offer!
 

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Are you exclusively nursing or does your daughter sometimes get a bottle of expressed milk? If worse comes to worse, you can always join milk share and get donor milk. I really have no idea, but plenty of people nursing throughout pregnancy so unless you're high risk, I don't see how it would be a problem. Someone else, please feel free to correct me.<br><br>
PS: You'll get more responses if you cross post this in the Breastfeeding forum.<br><br>
PPS: For future reference, if you conceive the first time you ovulate after giving birth, your chances of conceiving multiples increases dramatically. I think it has something to do with the body going into hyperovulation and ovulating two eggs. Just a little FYI.<br><br>
congrats on the pregnancy!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/joy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="joy"> Don't forget to join your DDC!! You're 8 weeks? I think that puts you in July. (I'm 12wk 3days and I'm the beginning of June)
 

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i'm in a similar situation... i recently found out we are having twins while i'm still nursing my daughter. i did mention it to my midwife last week and surprisingly she didn't say anything. however, my daughter is 19months old an only nurses 3-4 times a day. i know that plenty of people have nursed while pregnant with twins and i don't think it would be an issue as long as you aren't at risk for preterm labor but i would also ask la leche league... they have a great forum on their website also! good luck!
 

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Congratulations on your pregnancy!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/joy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="joy"> I can tell you my experience, which isn't exactly like yours. I got pregnant with twins when DD1 was 14 months old and nursing a lot. She would not drink any milk but momma's! I was also told to wean her by mid pregnancy (mostly because of the fear that nursing could potentially cause premature labor). I knew DD1 was not ready to wean, and not eating many solids. I could not find any resources or even anecdotes about nursing through a twin pregnancy, and my local LLL had little advice. I was very scared that I would be putting any of my children at risk, whether I weaned DD1 prematurely or had other complications with the twins due to nursing. I followed my heart and continued nursing her throughout my pregnancy. My supply got pretty low during the second trimester, and "dry nursing" as I called it got pretty irritating for me, but DD did not slow down at all. She just asked for a cup of water afterward!<br>
My supply increased in the last trimester, and I think my colostrum came in at around 32 weeks. I gained 70 pounds during my pregnancy. I had absolutely no complications until I was induced at 36 weeks due to baby B's (DD2) heart rate being very erratic. Vaginal birth with Baby A vertex (7 pounds) and Baby B complete breech (6 pounds). I nursed all three for one year until DD1 weaned herself at 38 months.<br>
I cannot tell you what to do, except to tell you my experience nursing through a twin pregnancy was the best thing for my family. I always said to myself that I know my body better than anybody, and if anything went terribly wrong (like serious contractions while nursing that caused cervical changes before 35 weeks, or any of your babies not gaining weight in utero or DD not gaining well), I knew I could wean then. My hand would have been forced.<br>
I have a picture of myself nursing DD two days before I had the twins, all curled around my huge belly and happy as can be. I also have a picture of her nursing in the hospital the first day she came to meet the babies, DD1 on one nipple and DS on the other, looking at each other.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/joy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="joy"> They are my two favorite photographs ever.<br>
Good luck with your decision, and congratulations again.
 

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I got pregnant with my twins when my younger daughter was about 8 months old. I had the luxury of not knowing it was twins until I was about 20 weeks along. She nursed until I was about 18 weeks and then we weaned because she was biting (HARD) to try and stimulate let down. I was VERY sad because she was only 12 months old but grateful we had made it to her first birthday so she never had formula. She started nursing again when she was just over two.<br><br>
I'm not sure what I would have done after we found out it was twins; if I would have weaned for that reason or not. I tend to have a really irritable uterus in pregnancy but I don't dilate early (a week before my twins were born at 39 weeks I was only 1cm and 50%). As it is, I never had to make the choice.<br><br>
My only concern for you would be that my milk began to dry up every time at about 16 weeks. At that point I know a lot of moms who have younger babies do need to supplement.<br><br>
I ate a LOT! At the time I didn't know I was having twins so I just ate to my appetite, which was significant. Sometimes I was eating three helpings of dinner. I woke up at night hungry. I drank water like it was going out of style. I was an eating machine, really. Now I understand why! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug"> Good luck! Having twins close to their sister is a blessing and a curse! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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My son was 14 months when I got pregnant with twins. He was still mostly nursing with little solids. I was determined to nurse him through the pregnancy, ate as recommended for a twin pregnancy and the extra for nursing BUT then I still wasn't gaining enough and had to wean him. I just could not put on the needed pounds so he weaned around the 6the 6th month of pregnancy. He unweaned when the twins were 1 month old.
 
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