When will this end?

Jodi - posted on 01/22/2012 ( 4 moms have responded )




We have recently "sleep trained" our twin girls. I can hardly call it sleep training; we put them in their cribs instead of co-sleeping and they fussed for all of about 5 minutes before zonking out and sleeping through the night for the first time!!! lol Anyways, I'm nursing them, they turn a year on Wednesday and I've read that eliminating night-time feeds frequently leads to decreased nursing and drying up. This was a concern of mine, but I figured I would just go with it if that's what happened. SO NOT TRUE!!!

My twins sleep through the night from 6 pm until 5 am without a feed, but during the day all they want to do is nurse. I can get them to play for MAYBE 5 minutes before one or the other, or usually both, is whining, crying and climbing all over me to nurse. They're still eating their usual meals and drinking water from their sippy cups...but they want to nurse ALLLL the time! It's worse than when they were newborns! Did I mention I have an almost 3 year old to take care of too? (I'm a SAHM btw)

Has anyone had this situation before and how did you handle it? It's getting really frustrating and tiresome!!!! HELP!!!

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Ania - posted on 01/28/2012




Well it is true. I you stopped nursing at night, your night supply is no longer there, you don't get engorged right? If they are breastfeeding during the day you will still have that milk for them. Also they are 1 year old, your milk supply is well established. When people want their babies to sleep through the night at 3 months of age or sooner then they will experience major supply issues.

I think the fact that they nurse all the time during the day is just a phase...They are turning 1 year old!!! major milestone!!! They learn a lot around that time. It should pass don't worry. Just think that you can at least sleep at night :)

Keri - posted on 01/27/2012




It is the stage they are in. Both of my younger kids went through nursing jags around a year old. I feel for you having two of them doing it at the same time. It is totally normal and hopefully they will slow down again very soon.

Jodi - posted on 01/22/2012




Oh yes, if I'm nursing one and the other finds out...it's WW3 in our house!

Ya know, I nursed my first born until about 20 months, it was so easy for me...I thought this would be harder, but not still easy. OMG...it's so different! I'm still adjusting to it, probably because it's always changing!!! lol (one twin LOVES to nurse while I lay on the couch and she stands next to the couch! lmbo )

I should try distractions more, I do cut them short...but sometimes I just stare at their little crying faces and feel like pulling my hair out! lol

Thanks...it's great to hear from someone who's been there, that it IS doable (and normal!). I"m glad they're still nursing, but my goodness...I never expected this!!! lol

Celeste - posted on 01/22/2012




Yeah, totally been there done that, even down to the SAHM and another child.. The boys nursed ALL.THE.TIME. I'm not sure if your girls do this but if one twin was nursing, the other HAD to nurse.

I put limits on them for my own sanity. They'd nurse 24/7 if I let them. Lots of distractions, I cut their sessions short, avoided the place where we usually nursed (for us, it was the couch)

It wasn't a quick fix, it took awhile. But, after I finally got them down to 3-4 x's a day, it was more bearable.

Hang in there, I found nursing twin toddlers a WHOLE new ball game

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