How long did you breastfeed your twins?

Renee - posted on 03/01/2011 ( 49 moms have responded )

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Just curious my girls just turned 4 months and I feel like I am done breastfeeding. I was just wondering how long most moms of twins did it for and how they went about stopping?

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Anna - posted on 03/02/2011

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I nursed one for 10 months until he self weaned, but I continued to pump milk for him until he was one year, and the other nursed until he was 15 months.
Nursing twins is a tremendous amount of work. You should be proud of making it this far.
Just make sure that your are comfortable with your decision to be done if that is what you choose.
If you want to stop, you have to wean, VERY slowly. You are making twice the normal amount of milk. I would skip one nursing session a day, every 3 or 4 days. You can go slower if you like. If you are in pain, try some pain meds, and if you need to- express just enough milk to relieve pain.

Michelle - posted on 03/14/2011

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Go Renee! Nursing twins is HARD! Congrats for making it this long :-) I stopped around 12 weeks too because I was going back to work and started on my masters degree all at the same time. Make sure the decision is yours and one that you are comfortable with. A wonderful lactation consultant told me once (when I was really stressed trying to feed them solely on breast milk) you have to feed your babies and you have to enjoy your babies. If your not enjoying them, then you need to figure out a different approach so that you will. Treasure this time, it goes by SO fast (even though right now it feels super slow!) You have already given them such a good start and plenty of babies grow up to be great with formula (myself included ;-) Cut yourself some slack, you're doing great momma!

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They were schedule fed, so at 13 months I started dropping one feed at a time. By 14 months they were down to just the bedtime feed and I dropped that one at 15 months. Even if I DIDN'T enjoy it (which I did).... the cost of formula would've been enough of a reason for me to keep going. ;)

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Sara - posted on 03/24/2011

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four months for one and six months for the other. They were both supplemented with bottles, and both gradually came to prefer bottle feeding to nursing. I was really sad about it, but had to accept it. Both boys are very healthy and strong, and I was so glad to have been able to breastfeed for as long as I did

Crystle - posted on 03/23/2011

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I nursed my twins for two and a half years. I think it gets easier because the 2nd year, they only fed after daycare. I tried weaning them off throughout the 2.5 years though. I would send them with my mum for a week at a time but that didn't work, then one day they just weren't interested. My girls are now 7.

Shannon - posted on 03/22/2011

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16 months, it's free. There's no way we could afford formula for two, so mommy went moo...

Katie - posted on 03/21/2011

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I started at 4mo and they were 5-5.5mo by the end...I did the double football hold and they got too long. I was ok with it though. I also agree with Anna Edwards in saying that make sure you are comfortable with the decision. and wean slowly by taking a feeding out every 3-4days until you are dry. Express just enough milk to relieve fullness. I got to where i was just nursing at bedtime. That was nice b/c I still got that time with them. Then I started skipping that every 2 days until completely gone. Good luck!

Jenn - posted on 03/19/2011

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I did 12 months with no supplementing, but I was able to nurse and not have to pump. If I'd had to pump I likely wouldn't have made it that long.

Petra - posted on 03/17/2011

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I have been breastfeeding my boys for 10 months now and I am not planning to stop any time soon, the longer the better, I think it will be very hard for me more than for them. The beginnings were crazy, painful, I hated that but now I love that (well not the crazy nights), It's a chance to spend lots of one-on-one time, I am so grateful I didn't give up. It's so easy, quick and effortless now :-))

Adriana - posted on 03/17/2011

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I breastfed my boys until 6 months. As they had formula also since week 1, it was very easy for them to let go. In 1 week they were only with formula. I think they were tired too. Here in Brazil, pediatricians says that you have only to breastfeed the babies until 6 months old to help with their defenses.

Karen - posted on 03/16/2011

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I breastfed my twin girls until age 3. Both girls stop coming to the breast on their own and at different times.

Cheryl - posted on 03/16/2011

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I went to about 5 months. My girls were too small to latch on when they were first born, but I was determined so I pumped. And fed and cleaned and pumped and fed and cleaned and on until I made myself sick with sleep deprivation! I made another effort to breastfeed directly at about a month, and thank God they were ready to latch. Nursed until 5 months, when my supply pretty much dried up - and the girls were fine with it. I agree with other posters that you know what's best for you, and I would feel the same way if I had nursed for 2 years. I don't think I knew about the cabbage. I must admit the suggestion about sudafed scares me if your baby is not yet completely weaned. Best of luck to you!

Julie - posted on 03/15/2011

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I nursed my twins til they were 7 months old which was longer than I got to nurse two of the older siblings. It was thr first time I actually had enough mild to feed my babes! I had gone back to work full time and although my babysitter borught them to me every 3 to 4 hours to nurse, the babes were ready for sippy cups and it was easier on everyone. If you feel that you want to stop, then it is time to stop. If a mother ins't comfortable breast feeding then the babes will start to feel that she is pressured. I had no difficulty with stopping and neither did the twins. I am just so happy that I got to spend as much time with them that I did. When they went to the sippy cups and bottles, the older kids got to feed the kids and I truly belive that the bonding that occurred with the siblings was just as important as the bonding that mom got to do for 7 months. The kids are now 17,14, 12 and the twins are 10. They are all very close. Tonight my 10 year old daughter asked for a baby sister! I had to laugh!!! She knows there is no "BABY HOUSE" in my tummy anymore because I had to have a hyster. But she was jealous of her older siblings because they got to carry around her and her brother when she was a baby and she never go to!

Karily - posted on 03/15/2011

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Most doctors will tell you to go to at least 6 months. To be honest, I think you are getting to the best age for nursing. I loved around 4 months. Things just started to pick up and got loads easier. I wanted to go to 12 months, but I stopped getting up in the middle of the night around 9 months old, which greatly decreased my supply. I could not produce much after that.

Stick with it if you can. It is such an amazing experience, and really you are getting to the easy stage.

Jennifer - posted on 03/15/2011

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I nursed my twins for 32 months. It's recommended by the WHO for at least 24 months. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends for 12 months. I know it probably seems really hard right now but as they get older it gets much easier. Are you nursing them at the same time? I found it much faster and easier too do them together. After 6 months when they start on solids, they will not nurse do much. They will stay healthier, less ear infections colds and allergies the longer you breastfeed, plus the bonding is so wonderful! Hope this helps, Jenn.

Lorna - posted on 03/15/2011

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I breastfed my twins for 12 months. I also supplement their feedings with formula from the day they were born, as recommended by our pediatrician. As they got older and more foods were introduced into their diet, it became easier to wean them, It was a challenge to breastfeed two babies in the beginning, but well worth it! I think you are doing a great job and you shouldn't worry about how long is long enough. Take care.

Amanda - posted on 03/14/2011

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I nursed my twins until they were 12 1/2 months, i found that nursing at the same time and have a very firm schedule helped. I was ready to be done with it on day 3 but i am so glad that i kept going and made it to a year. I dont know how you moms only pump for months and months but good for you, i did it for one day when my kids were 2 months old because of a trip and i will never do it again. :)

Diane - posted on 03/14/2011

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My boys are 19 months and still breastfeeding with no end in sight. I know how overwhelming it is in the begining but it is doable, I found that by the time they were about 7 months old it got a LOT easier. Part of that is because they are much more interested in doing other things at that time and so you can put them down for longer periods of time before they begin to cry and need to be picked back up. I heard someone suggest to never give up breastfeeding when it was going rough to always wait a while longer because it will get better and then you'll be glad you didn't quit. Another thing to consider is that it may not be any easier to formula feed them because instead of just sitting down with them to feed them you'll have to mix, warm and then wash bottles (and feed it to them too) so it often takes more time and it takes more time away from them too. I know how hard it is right now but it will get better and you'll never regret going longer but you may wish you hadn't stopped so soon, good luck!

Jaye-Charisma - posted on 03/14/2011

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I nursed my twns until they were about 20 months (slightly past) I slowly weaned them to only the night feeding which was the hardest to stop....but I had to go out of town for work for a week and when I came back they didnt want to anymore. Good Luck.

Ethel - posted on 03/14/2011

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I nursed my twins for almost 2.5 years before doing 'mother-encouraged' weaning. I only pumped until 11.5 months, though, then day-weaned them to cow's milk. Ironically, I only breastfed my next child (a singleton) for about 8 months before she weaned (but would have preferred to have nursed her longer).



Edited to add: I was home with the twins until 8 months of age, and that helped a LOT. When I went back to work, nursing was very important to them and helped a lot to ease the transition to full-time work. I do think working much more with my singleton has a lot to do with her earlier weaning.

Veronica - posted on 03/14/2011

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I breastfed them both for 10 months and then pumped until they were 15 months old...(however, I am a stay at home mom, so it was easier to have the flexibility to do it for so long). I was so nervous to stop b/c my production of milk was so large I was fearful of mastitis... BUT, I gradually pumped less and less until one day I just stopped and it was FINE! It's all about gradually decreasing your supply so you don't get infected or mastitis! GOOD LUCK! :)

Brooke - posted on 03/14/2011

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I'm apparently on the long end of nursing. My twin boys are 18 mos. old and I just reduced the feedings from three a day to two. Sometimes I feel really done and sometimes I can't imagine not having this special time with them. I've been feeding them at one time since they were about 2.5 mos. old so it doesn't take a ton of time and now I don't have a ton of milk so it they don't nurse for long stretches at a time. It's relaxing for me to do right before bed. Calms us all down. Anyway, the best advice given to me was to go slow and that's what I'm doing...really slowly. I'm thinking another couple of months.

Cat - posted on 03/14/2011

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I breastfed my twins to 18mths... by then they only fed at night, and didnt seem super interested any more, so weaning was super easy... I think I just had a super easy go of it though, only one bout of mastitis, and I used to feed them at the same time whenever possible b/c that was phenomenally easier, and gave me more time between feedings... Congrats on getting as far as you did!

Samantha - posted on 03/14/2011

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I think you've done brilliantly then, I did the first 4wks! I was told by the hospital and health team it's the first week that's the important bit so any extra a bonus. Having energy to be a good mommy is far more important.

Renee - posted on 03/14/2011

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My twins are 4 months now and I have a 31/2 year old boy so I am in the process of weaning them off. I seem to have a little more time for my son now and it just seems like the right choice now. thanks to everyone for the advice.

Melissa - posted on 03/14/2011

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A little over 2 years. They were fine with it. At that age I just told them all of the milk was gone. This was after I had to go to a conference for 4 days.

Maya - posted on 03/14/2011

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I think any amount of time is great for your twins so if you are having any bad feelings please don't about weaning. My boys are 11 months old and I had to begin supplementing around 9 months during the day (I felt awful but I was just so tired from pumping all day at work). They are still nursing on demand mornings/nights and weekends but I'm looking to wean in a couple of months.

Michelle - posted on 03/11/2011

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I fed for 12 months, when one bub really decided to self-wean.....over the next fortnight I dropped down from three feeds, to two feeds, to one feed per day. I kept up the one feed per day for another couple of weeks, as I didn't want to let go of b/f!!! :) But the bubs were fine, they'd had enough and we just dwindled off. Good luck....You've done four months, and that's fantastic! Maybe have a think about whether you want to just keep up one feed per day for a little while???? Depends how you're feeling about it all - if enough is enough, then stop, but if you'd like to keep b/f but time with your other little one is an issue, maybe one feed per day is an option? Best of luck!

Karen - posted on 03/11/2011

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I had supplemented their diet with formula from day 1, and nursed them until they were about 5 or 6 months old. It was a struggle, and it seemed I didnt get much of anything else done! How old are your twins now? Mine are boys and are 13 yrs old.

Danielle - posted on 03/11/2011

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I only breastfed for 3 months...and i only pumped. I couldnt handle it anymore, and i wasnt producing enough so they supplemented with high calorie formula anyway!
I know twin moms that have breastfed till 18 months, to each is own though! :)

Karen - posted on 03/11/2011

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My twins are now 13 years old! I breast fed them until they were 5 months old. When they were small I would nurse them both at the same time, of course as they got older that was too difficult. It also was extremely time consuming, as it was hard to have them on the same feeding schedule the older they grew.
It was not difficult for me to wean them, as they had always been supplemented with formula. Good luck!

Jennifer - posted on 03/11/2011

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I tried to nurse but found it difficult even with all the help I got from consultants. I ended up pumping for 7 months.

Catherine - posted on 03/11/2011

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I stopped just shy of 5 months and it was the best decision I made. I tried to last until 6 months but after 3 bouts of serious mastitis and a less than stellar milk supply it was the best decision for me and my family. As soon as I stopped my twins started sleeping through the night and life became much, much better. I weaned fairly quickly because I didn't have a huge milk supply. Breastfeeding for 4+ months was the toughest thing that I did and I think you know when you are ready to stop. In our case, it was the best decision for our family. And my kids are very healthy and such. Good luck!

Annette - posted on 03/06/2011

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Wow, do I feel like a freak or what???

I breastfed my twins for 4 YEARS. Admittedly they were both good feeders & after a few months, I could actually feed them 1 at a time, so the whole conundrum of twin feeding sort of vanished anyway.

I spent 12 months weaning them once I decided to book them into pre-school. Once they were weaned; off they went.

I suppose I am lucky, but I believe "the longer the beter" for breast feeding. My boys are 17yo now & neither has ever had antibiotics. They are big strapping lads who are healthy, intelligent & have never had any issues with being breastfed that long. They both know how long I nursed them & both thought it was hilarious when I told them.

Good luck with weaning, it can be difficult. xx

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5 and half months, but I wish I went longer. The only reason I stopped is because I thought they might sleep longer at night. That was not the case for us.

Renee - posted on 03/05/2011

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I just feel like it is time. We will be traveling very soon on a 24 hour drive to Ohio and I will not have enough pumped and it will be easier for us to just give formula. I am gong to continue to breastfeed for one or two sessions but I seem to have alittle more time for my son when I can let someone else feed the girls once and awhile and not have to worry about pumping. thanks everyone for all of the suggestions.

Carlene - posted on 03/04/2011

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I nursed 13 weeks. my dynamic duo was born 13 weeks early. i would have nursed longer, but my son got pertussis and i had to give something up to get some sleep :( i say, if you feel you're done, listen to your gut. you are the one that knows you best:)

Celeste - posted on 03/04/2011

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I nursed my twins for 2+ years. It was HARD.

If you're ready to stop, take it slow. Don't go cold turkey. Try the cabbage leaves. Also sage can help as well as taking sudafed.

However, if there is ANY desire to continue, you can stop by the breastfeeding group or you can tell us what's going on. Someone might have BTDT and have a solution.

Renee - posted on 03/04/2011

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thank you all. I am slowly weaning them off and it is very painful I will have to get the cabbage leaves. thanks again

Ann - posted on 03/04/2011

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You should stop when it is not working for you or your family... I was determined to go longer than I had to pump for. They were preemies and I had pumped for the first 3 months. Once I made it to my goal it was easier than bottles. I managed not to ever need to buy formula :) I was excited that I made so much further than my goal. However that was what worked for us.

Frances - posted on 03/03/2011

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If you do stop feeding btw.... i suggest cabbage leaves which have been in the freezer it really helps with sore boobs!

Frances - posted on 03/03/2011

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I think to do any stretch of time with twins bfeeding is a phenominal feat. I did 7.5wks and by then I was just so tired drained and over it with the expressing,topping up etc. My twins have not suffered at all for it. 2yrs 3months, 1 boy has never had antibitotics and the other has only had it once. So far so good for us. Do what makes you a happier mummy!

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I had to stop around 7 months because my supply was drying up. I think pumping all the time made me dry up quicker plus getting my period back 6 weeks postpartum didn't help matters either.

All in all you need to make the choice to best suit your needs. I applaud you for making the effort because it is not an easy task especially if you are also working.

Amanda - posted on 03/02/2011

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7 months. I had to pump mostly and that got pretty old...my baby B was born with a CHD and could only nurse 1 time a day and then I had to fortify his pumped milk with formula. I did my best and I'm happy I made it that long.
Do what is best for you.

Pushpa - posted on 03/02/2011

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5 and a half month for one and another 7 months one of them was having reflux prob.. she was spitting all the breast milk i had to give her milk in a inkfiller or a syringe so stopped early the other when no milk

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