i really want to breastfeed my babies. how do i ascertain that my breasts generate alot of milk for my coming twins?
Annette - posted on 04/25/2009
I fully breast fed the young ones for six months. I was VERY thirsty all the time. get them into a routine. Feeding on demand is impossible with twins. Pumping probably helps. If they are healthy and full term it may not be necessary. I went from a size B cup to a size E cup within 4 days (which was extremely painful) but my system outdid itself to supply my offspring. Sleep as much as you can and drink as much as you can
Susan - posted on 04/17/2009
mine were early and in special care so i pumped in between everyfeed to build my supply up but stopped soon after i got home and they were feeding off me really well. i only feed them together if i have to i preferred to scedule feeds about half an hr apart, in saying that i demand feed and that is just my loose guide. The boys are 14mths now and usually just happy to wait for his brother to finish...lol Its all about supply and demand...the more they suck the more milk you will make the less they suck the less milk so let the mon as much as they want and eat well and drink heaps of water!!! try and get lots of rest....good luck with that tho..lol
Erin - posted on 04/16/2009
My twins were 4 weeks early and they started off great with breastfeeding. We always had to supplement which was a tough pill to swallow for me but it was necessary. In the beginning I was able to breastfeed/ supplement with breastmilk but once they ramped up their intake I was unable to keep up and we started supplementing breastmilk with formula. Fenugreek and oatmeal were huge in increasing my supply. anything with oatmeal- granola, granola bars, oatmeal cookies- convenient snacks for when you are tied to the couch all day feeding babies. I would also say don't get stressed out about it. I was very gung ho about the whole process and our smaller son Wyatt didn't really want anything to do with it after about 4 weeks and his brother followed shortly after. We kept trying until I realized my entire day was spent on the couch doing nothing but feeding one or the other or pumping and ohmigod I haven't changed pajamas in 2 days!!! It took awhile to be ok with it but now I figure I did what I could- it's HARD.
I would suggest the book "Mothering Multiples" (breastfeeding & caring for twins or more !) by Karen Kerkhoff Gromada. I had a hard time finding a good book for breastfeeding twins this book was helpful. Just don't get too stressed out about it. Some moms can do it and some cannot. I struggled with this when we got home from the hospital. I had a c-section and a hysterectomy (sp??) and had a hard time in general. We are all doing well now and they are supplemented with formula....I felt bad about that at first but now...........not so much !! You can only do what works for you and your family and for us that is what works. They prefer the breast but have no problem with the bottle....just take it one day at a time and do what is best for you and your babes !! Good Luck !! and hang in there it can be a rough ride but SO WORTH IT !!
Sara - posted on 04/15/2009
I nursed my twins for ten months. They were *exclusively* breastfed until they had solids.
Ok - so maybe this is bad, but with my twins I actually used this alot:
I got it from an online pharmacy in New Zealand. I was living in California at the time. I think my taking it was mostly psychological - I took it when I "felt" my milk was low but really there was no evidence for that - both of them gained weight and pooed and peed like they were supposed to. IT IS VERY EFFECTIVE, AND I NEVER EXPERIENCED ANY SIDE-EFFECTS, NOR ANY TO EITHER CHILD. It is prescribed in Canada for use as a galactalogue.
My milk was a day or so late becuase I had a scheduled c-section, but the cool hospital people let me supplement with a formula-filled syringe. It had a little tube on the end that you stuck into the corner of their mouths when they were nursing, and so you got the benefit of nursing with the extra nutrition they needed. I only used it for three days - after that my milk came in!
You should pump, it helps a lot. Don't be afraid to spend serious money on a pump.
Also: get one of those pillows, those special twin ones. Like this one:
Oh yeah - my nipples hurt like hell for the first like, week. I kept complaining about it becuase it seemed more hardcore than with my first baby, but the doctor just kept telling me to use the nipple cream. So I did, and it did go away. Then it never hurts again!
Always remember: the solution to almost all nursing problems is to nurse more!
Emily - posted on 04/15/2009
I wrote you this whole long post this am just as I finished one of my twins deleted it :(. They are 10 mo old and breastfed. I think the key for me was the pumping, I actually needed to establish my supply with a pump bc my girls were in the NICU for 10 days getting bottles of pumped milk. I rented the exact pump the provided in the hospital...the Medela Gold Classic (something like that). I pumped after every feeding for 15 minutes for the first 3 months. Once I knew my milk supply was established I slowly decreased the amount I pumped. I continue to pump 2x a day. I also have a freezer full of milk in my basemement! Be sure when you pump you do both sides at the same time.
I tried feeding them at the same time. It worked but I didn't like it very much and can only now do it when both girls are very eager to eat. I know tandem feeding is better for your supply if you can do it. My neighbor, who had little help, was successful with this. I had a lot of help from my hubby and my parents. They entertained the baby "on deck" and both of them while I was pumping.
As someone said...it is very hard the first 3 mos but it really does get easier. My girls each nurse for about 5 min now!
Feed on demand and don't put any time limits on each feeding...you will feel like a cow. It is SO worth it! And pump, pump, pump. Best of luck to you. Be strong and stick to your guns bf is the best thing you can do for your twins!
Caroline - posted on 04/15/2009
When they arrive lots of feeding, rest and take care of yourself (plenty of food & drink). I have managed to breastfeed my twin girls for 5 months exclusively. I used to switch which side each baby fed from, but in the end found it easier to assign each baby their own side so that they got enough foremilk & hindmilk. I also used to feed them together, but found it difficult if one came off and needed to be burped etc. so found it easier to feed them one after the other. They seemed to prefer it and fed much better.
Good luck! It's hard going for the first 3 months, but then it gets a little easier.
Angel - posted on 04/15/2009
Aside from breastfeeding my babies, I also pumped every hour on the hour. It started out because I was full and in pain, I did it to relieve the pressure. But then as my babies grew and feed longer, I was doing it to "up production" so to speak. And I got to the point that I was not only breastfeeding them whenever they were hungry, I was also pumping apprx. 40 oz per day every day. Even after I had stopped breastfeeding, I still had so much stocked in the freezer that they still got it from a bottle every feeding for another 4 months.
I suggest buying or renting an electric pump. They work better. You get more in a shorter amount of time. Good Luck!!!
Jennifer - posted on 04/15/2009
I never was able to fully breastfeed my twins but I know know why. I did not take care of myself. I was eating maybe one meal a day and hardly drinking I was also not sleeping because I had super mom syndrome. My advice get lots of help and support. A breastfeeding mom of twins has to consume 3000 calories a day, thats a lot of food. As well you will probablly have to pump inbetween feedings to up your milk production. I'm not an expert on this subject but these are what I experienced.
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