Tandom nursing/ twins/ triplets/ 3 or more of different ages.

Merry - posted on 05/22/2010 ( 4 moms have responded )

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I'd love to hear all the stories of breastfeeding more than one baby! Any way it happens, even if you adopted and nursed. I'm especially curious about nursing three of different ages. and definately stories of twins triplets etc. Anyone been a 'wet nurse' to someone elses baby?

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Celeste - posted on 05/22/2010

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I nursed twin boys and "still" nursing them at 3 1/2. I remember people telling me that it wasn't possible, that I wouldn't have enough milk for both of them. Even books about twins said that I'd eventually have to supplement. So, I was prepared to supplement at some point.



I had my boys at 34w2d. Unfortunately, the hospital wasn't really equipped to help me with breastfeeding. There was no LC on staff. Having already nursed a child, I was pretty educated on breastfeeding. Although nursing premature twins was a whole new ball game, I think that prior experience did help me.



After the boys were born, they were taken to the special care nursery, so I wasn't able to see them. I immediately asked for a breast pump and pumped every hours around the clock, even at night.



The next day, I tried nursing, and it went ok, Ronin had a bit of trouble but after a few times, he started to latch. They started to lose weight so the doctor said that we needed to supplement..



The pedi was HORRIBLY unsupportive. She came into my room and told me that we needed to supplement because they were losing weight too fast. I told her that I really wanted to nurse them. She started in this tirade about how she sees sick breastfed babies all the time, that her daughter wasn't breastfed and she's at the top of her class, and none of her twin moms breastfed.



Unfortunately, because of the introduction of bottles, one of them got nipple confusion. I worked with him every day, and it was so heart breaking and frustrating..At the 6 week mark, Ronin finally latched. Once I saw that they were gaining weight, I ditched all bottles and the pump. They never used another bottle again!



I also nursed on demand, sort of. I never put them on a schedule.But, if one was hungry, I would nurse the other. Sometimes it worked, sometimes it didn't.



I didn't tandem them when they were newborns because it was difficult trying to latch while nursing the other. It wasn't until they were a bit older but most of the time, they nursed separately. When they were about a year old, I started to tandem only because if one nursed, the other HAD to nurse..



Nursing twins has been an adventure, for sure!

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Angie - posted on 05/25/2010

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I'm nursing 2 (3 1/2 years and 20 months old). It's been a stressful, hard, exhausting experience but SO worth it. The first 2 months were the hardest and since then it seems completely natural.

Emily - posted on 05/25/2010

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I'm currently nursing my 8-month-old and my 3-year-old. Can't imagine nursing 3! Though I would do it if I had to. Overall it's been a great experience for us.

Merry - posted on 05/25/2010

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Hey Celeste thanks for the input! I'm glad you stood up for your boys and gave them what they deserved! Good job!

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