Moms Who Pump and Formula Feed?

Jasmine - posted on 11/08/2010 ( 191 moms have responded )

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I am wanting to pump and formula feed my twins when they come, i dont know anything about it. Could you please tell me how you went about it and anything else that could help, im so confused about it and i really want to do it, i just dont see how it can work. I also have a 14 month old to take care of.

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Lewen - posted on 11/16/2010

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hi try and get to a lalesh legue meeting if you can there should be one in your earia they are a non profit org that help mums breastfead and they have heaps of info and they will be able to give you you the best info!

Meghann - posted on 11/16/2010

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I agree that breast milk is ideal but when your talking twins and you have another child that needs TLC sometimes it just doesn't work out. Again, I have to say, do what feels right to you. If giving your babies formula means you get some rest (very hard to come by with twins) they still get good nutrition from formula. Mine are thriving and happy as can be. Also, if you choose goats milk as suggested make sure you talk to your pediatrician first, there are some concerns out there with that too. Twins are so much work but they're double the fun too! Enjoy!

Emilie - posted on 11/16/2010

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My twins came 6 weeks early so I had to pump while they were in the NICU for 3 weeks and they were tube fed for 2 weeks until they were strong enough to breast feed. I continued to pump with breast feeding as I had too much milk and froze it to use in their cereal at 6 months. It was also nice to pump and get a break of having someone bottle feed from time to time until they were able to hold their heads up and then I double breast fed to get time in between feedings to take care of myself. You'll figure it out on what works for you and don't be afraid to ask for help. My husband was a pro to help them latch on - not enough hands!! Good luck. By the way my twins are now 3 years old...It does get easier...

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First, find a good lactation consultant to help. Second, make sure you get the breastfeeding down before you start the bottle. You'll be very busy, so it seems like breastfeeding could be quicker than having to prepare and feed 2 different kids bottles. You can nurse both babies at the same time once you get the hang of it. Be persistent and don't give up, especially if your babies end up being pre-term--they'll need the breastmilk benefits even more.

Meghann - posted on 11/16/2010

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As a fellow mom of twins with an older sibling to also take care of. My advise is to have an idea of what you'd like to do but be flexible and go with what works. I was hoping to breastfeed and pump for at least 3 months. It can be done, but it didn't work for me. I was exhausted and felt like a cow continually being milked. I slowly started supplementing with formula and was able to get help with feedings and it helped so much. Just be flexible and do what feels right for you, your children will benefit from a happy mom. Good luck!

Missy - posted on 11/16/2010

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I like the reply down the line a bit from the mother of twins. I work on a postpartum unit and we often see twins. My suggestion to you would be to keep an open mind, remember that feeding your babies is what's most important not how you feed them, and take care of yourself also. With that said, if you successfully nursed your 14 month old then skip the pumping and have lactation teach you how to tandem feed the babies if the need supplemented then do so after nursing them. But, a 14 month old and twins will be very time consuming and if you feel like you need to it is absolutely ok to strictly bottle feed. Feeding is your decision and you know what is best for you AND your babies. Good luck!

Catriona - posted on 11/16/2010

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I was able to just breast feed my twins (to about 4months when one disscovered the "other" breast). Then I used to supp feed the boy, but kept the girl on just breast milk. So, they were both breast fed to 9 months old. Have a go, you will surprised (once you get the knack) how much easier it is to breast feed than have to deal with bottles and such.
Good luck with your twins.

Patricia - posted on 11/16/2010

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Well, when I was nursing, of course it was just for one, but all I can say is that when I was done nursing I would pump what was left and I pumped plenty for two or more kiddos. Of course everyone is different and it is ultimately your choice of what you want to do, but I would just try the whole nursing for a while and see how it works out. If it doesn't work out, okay then, no biggie just go to the fomula. I did not finding pumping to hurt or really be that time consuming.

Amanda - posted on 11/16/2010

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oh one more thing, i've been back to work for three months and I pump at work. I bought the medela double pump and it works great.. Dont worry about not having enough milk because there are many ways you can increase your supply. for one I would bring with you some fenugreek and blessed thistle supplemets with you to the hopsital take 3 pills of each three times a day...these supplements usually work within the first few weeks.Also if your babies come early remember the colostrum is best and formual should be avoided, they need that colostrum in their bellies...again good luck and remember whatever your decisin is just trust that it's the right one....

Amanda - posted on 11/16/2010

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I know many women who have breastfed multiples exclusivley!!! I suggest you contact a local la leche league worker and contact the public health unit for some advise on breastfeeding your twins...I am a nursing mom of multiples for the last 15 months...first few months were challenging but so is being a parent and you can get through it!! good luck..alsop check out www.drjacknewman.com! great resources.

Jeanne - posted on 11/16/2010

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Hi Jasmine,

Congratulations on your upcoming twins...double the blessings!!! I formula fed both my children. I wanted to breast feed with my first child but due to some complications I was unable to do so and she was formula fed except for the first feeding after her birth. When my son came along I tried, but my milk only came in about ten days after my emergency c-section and he was so used to formula by then that I didn't bother. You can start pumping when you are in the hospital and you can freeze your milk (I believe it is good for six months when frozen) and store the extra you will have as you will need it as the babies get older. You can buy bags that are for breast milk (they are available at Wal-Mart in the baby department) that are freezer and refrigerator safe and it has a place where you can write the date so you know when the milk was pumped. My sister pumped and she used to do it in the evenings when watching tv and also when she was feeling engorged and that her son wasn't due for a feeding for a little while. You can contact a lactation consultant and they will help you get started and what does and does not work when it comes to pumping. If you opt for formula make sure to read the instructions carefully when you buy, because some canned formulas need to be diluted with pre-boiled and cooled water and others do not. For my second child I used the Nestle Good Start powder and I found it wonderful (again you need pre-boiled and cooled water) because it was easy to prepour the water into bottles when we were going out and to bring a small tupperware container of the powder. Good luck on the birth of the twins and keeping up with your older child.

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i actually never pumped or breast fed, so i dont know if this will even help you out. At the hospital they will show you how to pump, they are great to 'walk' you through every step to ensure you understand and that you feel confident about it before you go home.
I unfortunately was not able to beast feed or pump because my milk came in a week after all 3 of my babies were born. My first baby was 3 months premature and so when she was able to start eating we had to use formula, i noticed that the babies that were fed breast milk had to have extra vitamins everyday whereas the babies who were fed formula didnt need anything extra.

Jessenia - posted on 11/16/2010

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I have a daughter that has to take medical formula, thank god I am able to still breastfeed her! I also have a 2 1/2 yr old that is into EVERYTHING, so let me tell you - TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE! So what I do is alternate, give her a bottle one time with soley the formula and next time I put her directly on the breast! I tried several different combo's and thats what ended up working best. Your baby is the BEST pump, it really was time consuming to pump, and have my hands tied up for a little while to then put in a bottle that I'd have to clean along with the pump. My daughter would empty me in less then 5 min, when I did pump it was for about 10-15 min. I tried combining breast milk with formula and she wasn't too crazy about that! But remember your baby will tell you what they prefer!!! Your milk will adjust to whatever your demands are! I did find when I soley pumped, my supply did not last long. I almost lost it! So I took 2 casules of fenugreek 3x's a day to help boost my supply! Hope this helps!

Karna - posted on 11/16/2010

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I tried to pump breastmilk with all five of my babies, and the most I ever got was 20ml after 20 minutes. So don't just assume that you will be able to pump. If it is an option at all, really preservere in trying to put them on the breast.
A friend of mine breastfed her twins to 18 months. She made it look so easy: She sat propped up on her double bed, with cushions under both arms and two tilted in front of her. Then she placed both babies on the cushion - with their legs underneat her arms, towards her back (we call it the football position). Then she used both arms to latch the stronger drinker first, and then both arms to latch the weaker one. Every feed, she swopped breasts.
Good luck - I hope it works out exactly the way you would like it to.
And PS: IF you want to breastfeed: Even if your twins are born a bit early and struggle to latch the first few weeks - don't give up! Try again and again and again, until they get it. I know a baby that took 3 months to get the latching right, and then breastfeed for another 6 months

Carol - posted on 11/16/2010

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I breastfed all three of my children. It was the most rewarding experience ever besides their birth. I only supplemented with breastmilk that I pumped and froze. There is no need to supplement with formula unless you are not producing enough milk.

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Wow I must admit I am a little intimidated by the thought of managing three young ones. I hope you are blessed with a great support circle! At the hospital make sure you have multiple visits from lactation consultants. Babies R Us offers classes on breast pumps that may answer some of your questions and most hospitals offer low cost breastfeeding classes. My best advice is to rent a hospital grade breast pump for at least the first month or two. Even the top of the line electronic pumps available at retail stores do not compare when trying to build your milk supply in the early days.

Sharon - posted on 11/16/2010

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My TWIN boys were born 11/28 their actual due date was 12/28 ... when they were born I did both pump & formula fed them ( or breast fed )...& still breastfeeding them until they are a year old...

Erin - posted on 11/16/2010

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I pumped with both of my kids. My oldest would not latch on correctly so I switched to pumping so he was still getting the breastmilk. I found out with him that it is very time consuming but it was worth it for him and his health. I pumped for about 6 weeks before I just wasn't supplying enough for him. With my second son he was born early and had to spend the first two weeks in NICU. He was on a ventilator for the first 24 hours so I just started pumping and freezing the milk. I made a lot of milk with him and probably could've pumped and breastfed for a long time. However the day he came home I got a breast infection, which cut it down a bit, and then a couple weeks later I got another one! And that infection completely stopped my production, so I was extremely happy that I had pumped and stored the milk. Even though it was about six weeks that I got the second infection I still had enough milk stored up until he was 3 months old! So I think you could probably pump and breast feed especially to build up a supply, but it is extremely time consuming! And it kinda runs your life for a while. But its always best for the babies, and if you don't make enough for them then supplement them with formula. My second son had to be supplemented anyways because he needed extra calories to gain weight so that might happen with your twins too. Regardless of what people tell you though just go with your heart and do what feels right for you and your family! Good luck

Cheryl - posted on 11/16/2010

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I am the mother of 9 children. My last pregnacy I had twin girls whom I nursed for two years. Just because there are two doesn't mean you can't nurse. It was difficult at time but far from impossible. I thought I would have to formula feed and pump as well. But I sooooo hate bottles and formula! I found it much easier to find a big easy chair and through a blanket over me for a little modesty! I have pictures of three pairs of feet poking out of a blanket. I found when I pumped I needed more privacy. I locked myself in the bathroom or my bedroom, and was compleatly out of touch with the rest of the family for that time. Where nursing you at least can be in the room with the 14 month old.

Kimberley - posted on 11/16/2010

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I breast fed my now 2 year old until he was about 8-9 months old. I tried all kinds of pumps and wasn't able to produce with them. The only way I could pump was manually and that was very very time consuming! I hope for you that you are able to breast feed! Good luck

Jane - posted on 11/16/2010

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Oh my word, you're having twins?! Well good luck to you, soon-to-be-mommy-of-three!

I also commend you for wanting to breastfeed through a bottle. If I could impress upon you the quality of breastmilk vs. formula.... breastmilk is basically liquid gold and nothing can match it to what YOUR BABY (in this case, babies) need. Breastmilk will make them smarter, more bonded to you, and help them grow a healthier, leaner body. Formula is far from what your babies need. If you want to supplement with anything, supplement with raw goat milk. I know, it sounds weird! But just google search it: "goat milk compared to formula or cow milk."

Anyway, good luck!!! I wish you the very best!

Jennifer - posted on 11/16/2010

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Ok I am not trying to discourage you in any way from pumping. I will tell you that when my twins were born, I was able to pump while they were in the NICU. (They were born 6 weeks early). I kept it up about a month after but started supplementing with formula pretty quick after they came home because there just wasn't enough time in the day. It might have been easier to breastfeed but my girls never managed to latch on and I am handicapped in one arm and couldn't hold both anyways. The only advice I can offer is when you do eventually switch to formula, there are two things that will make your life so much easier. One is making a large batch of formula ahead of time and two is Dr. Brown's Formula Mixing Pitcher. It's about $14 and it is a lifesaver. It can make up to 32 oz at a time and unlike shaking, it breaks up all the lumps I always missed. And I tried a blender too....too many bubbles. You do NOT want that much air. Babies are not happy with bubbles in their tummies. I only had my two girls. I didn't have an older child as well so I wish you the best of luck.

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I breastfed my son until he was almost 2. After returning to work, i pumped twice a day and went home and nursed him on my lunch break. I would try to nurse them as much as possible to get your milk supply going, and invest in a quality breast pump. I used an Ameda Double Breast Pump, and it was amazing, You can also pump directly into bottles for feeding without having to transfer them to and from storage bags. With twins and another young child, you will probably need as much help as you can get. And pumping and letting another person bottlefeed may be very helpful to you. Once you get the hang of pumping, it will most likely take a shorter time to pump a bottle of breast milk than it would to nurse two infants. Good Luck !

Shelly - posted on 11/15/2010

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Look for a lactation consultant! Try Leleche league (sp) or you could find one at the hospital. No matter what everyone tells you on here every baby is different. You might want to do one thing but your baby (babies) says no way!
Try different things if you need to. Most everyone here I would guess is speaking from experience. Remember too that most of them probably don't have twins.

I had to do both because my baby was a preemie and he would not latch on. He needed the nourishment of the breast milk but he also needed more calories from formula because he was not gaining weight. I had to pump an awful lot too. I rarely slept because how often he ate and then my pumping schedule and then cleaning bottles and the pump. If they will go to the breast it will be easier.

Ana - posted on 11/15/2010

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I breastfeed till he was five months. Pumping was not to bad. I didn't mind. Just the same amont of time it takes to breastfeed. Less painfull to pump. Not sure how it will work for twins. Good luck.

Sheena - posted on 11/15/2010

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Haven't read through all the replies so I don't know if it's been mentioned but I used a nursing pillow (not the small round floppy ones, find a good sturdy lg. squarish one) and I ended up nursing my boys until they were 13 months, no problem. I can't tell you how much it helped to be able to nurse them at the same time. They would eat at the same times, nap at the same time ect. I didn't get to reading if you elaborated on why you want to pump/formula but if you can or want to consider breastfeeding then that would be my biggest suggestion - look for a good quality nursing pillow suitable for twins. Good luck in whatever you decide and don't be afraid to ask for help from whoever you can (my twins were my first two but we had another when they were 20 months, I get the three in diapers craziness!)

Martha - posted on 11/15/2010

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I would not suggest this. I have two children and both of them were introduced to formula in the hospital. My daughter before they even brought her to me to try to breastfeed and my son because he lost a pound and became jaundice. I both cases once they got that bottle they no longer wanted to breastfeed. In both cases my kids would no longer latch on properly and it became very painful, even to pump. Pumping, even with a hospital grade pump is just not the same. You will spend a whole lot of time pumping and get very little milk. I tried pumping with both of my kids figuring they would still get breast milk that way, but I would pump for like 15 minutes and get like 2 oz of breastmilk if I was lucky. If you are not going to breastfeed, which is completly up to you, then I would go with 100% formula and skip the pumping. Your kids will be just fine either way. Good luck.

Susan - posted on 11/15/2010

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if you have a Lalache league person in your area, contact them. i have twins,and with a 14mo. you may not be able to relax and find the time! I used formula, they turned out great and we were and are very close. I breastfed the rest of my kids, having to pump for kid number four why he was in the hospital at first. No differnece in how they are. It would be great if you could pump for a couple weeks, but don't beat yourself up if you just can' t do it. your 14mo. old is still a baby too. good luck

Diane - posted on 11/14/2010

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I'm curious why you're not planning any breastfeeding, I know when I was pregnant with my twins I had people telling me that you can't breastfeed twins but that's not true, many moms do it without any supply issues. When my twins were born they were in the NICU for a couple of weeks and I pumped for them a lot and I just felt that it was such a hassle dealing with pumping and then with all the bottles but when they came home and I was able to nurse them exclusively it was actually much easier, I know this is my opinion and I'm sure you have your own reasons for pumping and FF but just in case you decide to try both you might want find a good lactation consultant, La Leche League Leader or other twin mom who has done it to get some help and support, good luck.

Tracy - posted on 11/14/2010

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Jasmine, it sounds like you are going to have your hands full. So if that facts are right, you will be at home with a close to 2 year old and 2 twin babies? Well, whether you like it or not, it will be baby duty 24X7. If you are going to be at home...just breastfeed, there is no measuring, getting up to go make the bottles, clean the bottles, clean the equipment, etc......I will advise this: get help with the household chores. Think about this: Have we been redesigned since day one? No....we were designed to give our babies the most perfect food: breastmilk. It is the strongest health and emotional foundation you can lay down for your children....will it be hard in the beginning? Yes...but it isn't something you cant handle. Keep this in mind: the idea of breastfeeding may seem more time consuming, but that is important time spend bonding with those kids, it is the way God designed it......do something good for yourself everyday (read 15 minutes of a good novel, take a bubble bath, walk....do something for you) then let other people take care of the other stuff...so you can take care of your babies and enjoy this time, for it is only temporary. PS: drink lots of water everyday, it helps produce the milk, if you don't take in enough water, no amount of pumping will make you more milk, more water, more milk...then you and babies together will get nature to take its course.....blessings

Rebecca - posted on 11/14/2010

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Breast feed exclusively, if you can. I had to pump for my daughter until i got Thrush and let me tell you, ALL I was doing was pumping milk until it was time for her eat again. I had NO time for anything else. The pump seriously irritated my breasts after a while, too, and I so wished my daughter would actively breastfeed during that time.

Magda - posted on 11/14/2010

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I also had twins (now 4yrs old) and it is so hard to express and formula it takes up to much time. This sounds funny but i felt like a cow cos i breast fed, expressed and toped up with formula and it was a round the clock job. Don't do it. Choose one and don't feel guilty cos only you know what is right for you.

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Hi Jasmine. I have 18 month old twin girls, plus a 5 year old girl & 8 yr old boy. BF my boy for one year & my girl for 2 & half years so was very confident I would be able to feed twins. For a start one was so small she couldn't latch on properly and in special care for the first week while I was on the ward with the other baby. When I got home I had the 2 other kids to tend to between feeding the twins plus my supply was not great so I used a pump to boost my supply when I had the chance. I ended up feeding the girls alternately, formula & breast feed. This lasted for 6 weeks and I couldn't stand it any longer & put them exclusively on formula.
Do what ever you can manage & do not listen to advice from people who have never had multiples but have read data, etc..... They have no idea what it's like. Some parents of multiples BF their babies well & for others it just doesn't work. Try the BF, see if you need a pump to boost your supply or just to have some extra in the fridge.....but DO NOT feel guilty if it doesn't work. Please try to find out if there is a twins support group in your area. I have found my local one to be a great help. Also the nurses at the hospital will be able to point you in the right direction.
All I can say is do your best & routine, routine, routine!!!! Good luck Jasmine :)

Christiane - posted on 11/13/2010

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Oh, just to clarify, I would pump if I had to work too since breast milk gives babies so much more than just vitamins and minerals. It's alive like blood! Full of life.

Christiane - posted on 11/13/2010

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Hi Jasmine. I don't have time to read all of the responses, so I apologize if I'm giving reruns! My twins are adults now, but here is my story!

They were ten weeks early and spent three months in neonatal. I pumped and brought milk in daily. Whenever the nurses told me that they needed more milk, I would pump until I got the amount they needed. That was an interesting experience because I could easily see how we can make our bodies produce enough milk.

I watched over the three months how the color of my milk went from orange to a lighter shade of orange. I also saw that the first milk I pumped at each pumping was thin and the last milk I pumped was more rich. This was especially noticeable after a longer stretch. I tried to pump every 2 hours during the day, but at night I went to 3 or 4 hours. Sometimes I slept through the alarm. I was so focused on giving my babies an advantage since their little lungs were so stressed.

Before they came home, the La Leche League put me in touch with three moms of twins who gave me some advice.

When they arrived home, I tried the different ways the twin moms suggested. First I tried alternating the feedings. So if twin one started on the right breast and finished on the left, twin two would start on the left and finish on the right. Problem was, I was breastfeeding someone all the time.

So I tried giving them each their own breast and alternating feedings. Problem was, they took about 20 minutes each and it still felt like that's all I did.

One mom suggested feeding both at the same time. Wow! What an experience that was. You can't do that in public but it totally saved me tons of time. The milk let down is tremendous. The first time I tried, they began to choke and my milk squirted from both breasts straight across the room. My sister in law got showered! But once the babies and I got the hang of it, it only took me five minutes to nurse them. That is not an exaggeration. They would cough a little at the let down, then gobble all the milk they needed. Five minutes later they were satisfied.

With my other two who were born singly, the let down was not that powerful. So my experience is that the milk let down was stronger when I nursed two at a time. Since twins are a lot more work, I think the Lord provided this little trick to give twin moms more time. That's my theory anyway!

Pumping was so much work, I wouldn't do it unless it was to save the life of my babies. Giving them breast milk and all that comes with it may have helped to save their lives.

Nursing twins gets more fun the older they get. They hold each other's hands, smile at each other, and life is just really interesting. It's an experience I wouldn't trade for the world.

When people complained that I couldn't possibly have enough milk for two, I started pumping a little milk after a couple feedings a day and would label it and put it in the freezer. I would show anyone who insisted!

Why do the extra work of pumping and sterilizing when nursing is so easy? Why pay the extra expense of formula and have to take the time to mix and warm bottles when it only takes five minutes to satisfy them?

Hope this helps! Christiane

Hayley - posted on 11/13/2010

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i express fed my daughter for 9 months as she wasn't a good feeder on the boob and was allergic to shop formula i ended up having to get her prescription formula. i wasn't sure if i could express feed as the midwives had told me in hospital not to get accousmed to the pump as it won't work well i'm proof as i'm sure many other mums are that it does,i was also very lucky that i had a great milk supply. once i realised i could do it successfuly it wasn't that hard i would express every 4 hours during the day then i would do a middle of the night express. a friend of mine did both formula a express and she would express for 15 min at a time throughout the day and get enough to do 2-3 brestfeeds and the rest formula. it's just a matter of getting some kind of routine when the babies come that might be hard as you'll have your hands full but best of luck with it all. i would also recommend investing in a good brest pump if you plan on doing it a while you can get one's that do both boobs at the same time that's what i ended up getting. have a look on ebay.

Becky - posted on 11/13/2010

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I had preemie born at 28 weeks so I HAD to pump because he was just too little to get it. Then it was so hard for him and I to try and get him to latch on the I jsut said forget it, as long as he was getting my milk I didn't care. And that was the BEST decision for us. My husband did ALL the night feedings. I used to get up once or twice a night for the first 3 months and pumped for 15-20min and got both breasts done. I was able to freeze A LOT because of what I got out of one breast at one pumping was enough to feed my little one a whole day (that lasted a week or so). I contiuned to pump and only had to do it once a day at work for the next 6 months. When my little guy was 4 months old we started to put a little formula in with the breast milk (1oz formula 5oz milk) and gradually went up from there until it was 4oz formula 4 oz milk. And when I quit pumping we went to the freezer and still gfave him breast milk (1/2 milk 1/2 formula) for almost 3 more months. And 1/2 milk is better than none.

Justina - posted on 11/13/2010

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When I had my daughter six and a half years ago, I was young and I was uncomfortable with putting her to my breast, so I pumped and formula fed.... when I had my son I learned that breastfeeding him was just so much easier.... here are a few thoughts- when you pump, you HAVE to keep up with it or you will lose you supply, and when you are taking care of three little ones you'll have to factor in pump time.... now that isn't mission impossible, but just count on having it built into routine. You have the most milk in the morning, so I would suggest pumping before your day starts with the kids (I know, it's hard to get up that extra half hour but you will thank yourself when you pump ten ounces!).... your supply depletes as the day goes on, so formula feeding became the late afternoon, nighttime feeds.... I never made enough to freeze unfortunately, but you may be more fortunate than me :).....so I would feed her what I pumped in the morning, then I would pump at nap-time (for you it might be easiest to pump when the oldest is sleeping because you won't have to occupy him/her).... then I would pump before I went to bed- I would only get maybe 3 ounces, but it would be perfect for the middle of the night feed because I didn't have to warm it up because it wouldn't need refrigerating.... I recommend not trying to pump all the time- that would be exhausting- I started with three times a day, then went to 2, then, 1- if you keep pumping 10 minutes after you run out your body will adjust that week and make more.... when you feed your babies try to still have skin to skin contact to help with supply.... there are natural herbs to boost supply too that are safe :).... good luck and feel free to message me on facebook if you have questions- :)

Wendy - posted on 11/13/2010

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I pumped for a full year, as Michael had difficulty latching on and after consulting with several lactation professionals and trying other options, he then wouldn't do it. I was adament that he have breast milk for a year, so I pumped as much as I could, but you don't get as much breastmilk when pumping, so I had to freeze some of the breastmilk to have enough to mix with formula to last for a year. It was not easy pumping for a year especially while traveling, but it was so worth it, as he got some breastmilk with every feeding for a year, and he is very healthy and very bright at seven years old now. Good luck, I hope that whatever you do, it works out for you and your twins.

Wendy - posted on 11/13/2010

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Any plans you may have will be dependent on how the twins take to the breast etc. I wouldn't plan too much and just try the breast and see if it works. If it does then you can plan to pump if you have the time or energy after that. Most things you plan when pregnant tend to go out the window once they are born. Just trust in yourself that you can manage and do what YOU think is right. The most important thing is that your three babies get their nutrition (whether from breast or bottle) and you keep your sanity in the process.

Best of luck. It may be hard work but it'll be all worth it in the end. You are very lucky indeed. (and I'm a bit jealous!).

Take care & lots of good luck
xx

Jennifer - posted on 11/13/2010

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I am a mother of twins that attempted to breastfeed. Unfortunately I was not successfull but recommend that you work with a lactation consultant. If possible I would recommend that you sent up a meeting with them prior to the birth of your children. That way anything they might recommend like a specific pump, mother's milk, etc. you can have set up ahead of time ensuring a better chance of success.

My experience was that my girl's wouldn't latch correctly so we had to hand feed them in the beginning because they lost more than the acceptable body of weight of 10% in the beginning. I was instructed to pump every 3 hours and since I had to hand feed my children every 2 hours during the day and every 3 hours at night. Even with a great support system to assist me I quickly became exhausted. After working with the hospital lactation consultant 3 weeks after the delivery of my twins I couldn't do it any longer and regretfully gave up.

It is possible to do and be successful in breast-feeding multiples. Get expert advice, plan and have a support network in place. Take in to consideration that your twins will not likely be on the same schedule and/or you won't initially be able to breastfeed at the same time and plan for this as well.

Good luck, I hope you are much more successful than I was.

Stacy - posted on 11/13/2010

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Hello, 1st off Im a nurse and I commend u for trying to breastfeed. It's less costly than formula feeding and the benefits alone far exceed the money saved anyway. It takes a huge effort to get started and a lot of patience. At the beginning u will create first colostrum. This is a very thick creamy substance that passes antigens against illnesses along with other very viable needed iron etc to ur children. Breast milk is the best way to go and with patience ur breasts will supply enough milk for ur babies. Usually trying both is very difficult. Try to breast feed only even if it's a few months. I can't possibly type all benefits breast milk gives to ur babies. U will need to feed every 2 hrs and this let's ur breasts know what milkproduction is needed. God is so awesome
he designed our bodies and gave us a blessing of childbirth. If u have any questions I can help. I'm Stacy Williams-Harden on Facebook! Good luck!

Amy - posted on 11/13/2010

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I didn't have twins but will tell you that when you have to get up at 2 am, 3 am, 4 am it is nice not to have to make bottles. When I had to go back to work I bought a Medela breast pump, which works really good! I have three kids I bought a breast pump from walmart when I had my first child and I ended up not being able to pump because it took to long! With my second child I didn't even try to pump milk. When I had my third child my sister told me to buy a Medela pump... They were more expensive but I went on ebay and got a good deal. It was the best thing I could have done! I got a dual pump... When I am at work I sit in my car to pump and within 15 minutes I am done! I only wish I would have know the difference a pump makes with my first one...

Lisa - posted on 11/13/2010

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Like most others are suggesting, it would be best to just breast feed. If that doesn't work, hopefully you will produce enough with pumping alone. If you don't produce enough breast milk, then you should supplement with formula. Unfortunately, my son would fall asleep at the breast so I had to pump to see how much he was eating because he wasn't getting enough. To top that off, I wasn't producing enough milk by pumping so I had to supplement with formula. It is a lot more work - pumping around the clock, cleaning the equipment, storage, etc. The important thing is that you do not want to mix breast milk and formula in one bottle. I would give my son 1-2 bottles of breast milk a day, depending on how much I produced and then supplement with formula. Good luck!!

Lucy - posted on 11/12/2010

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I didn't pump, but I did mix brest feeding with formula milk, I used Tommee Tippy Closer to Nature bottles, as it's the same shape as my boob, so he wasn't fussed by the difference. I found it easier to just gently 'push' the milk out by running my thumb from the back of my boob towards the nipple moving round the breast each stroke, and aiming it straight into the bottle. The first few weeks your boobs feel like they will explode, but if you try to get into a set routine of times you feed and express, your body learns these times and your brests will start to only get full around these times instead of constantly overfull. When they did feel over full I used to just stand over the sink with no bra on and the pressure was enough to squirt the excess milk out, with out stimulating them. If you do brest feed trust you and your babies, once you stop worrying so much about them being on properly and all that you can prety much aim your boob and they'll sick themselve on the way they like, as long as they're not taking in air and have enough boob in their gob not just your nipple, it doesn't really matter how they like it. It gets easier as you go on. On the bottle front, it's easiest to have loads of bottles, so you can do one wash a day. Wash and sterilise the whole lot, then fill them all up with the amount of boiling water you need for each feed. Put on the lids and leave them to become room tempreature, that way was as soon as the baby is hungry, you just grab one and add the powder without having to heat it up or cool it down, you can just get it straight in their gob. When my second one was born, my 14 month old (at the time) used to help pat his back, put sudocream on him, stroke his head when he was feeding. This way he was never jeleous, as he felt like I was helping him look after the baby and he loved feelng important. Fingers crossed this helps you =)

Anna - posted on 11/12/2010

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oh okay faye... but i live in australia
i thought it was here sorry to bother you
anna

Faye - posted on 11/12/2010

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WIC (Woman, Infants, Children) is a (state) program in the US for mothers who need a little extra assistance in bringing food into the house for whatever reason: single, welfare, not making enough money.



The State sends the mother vouchers for formula, baby food, milk, bread, cereal, cheese, yogart. If she has placed beer or cigs in the cart then she has to have the money to pay for the those as the vouchers will not pay for that.



My aunt fosters kids so she gets the vouchers when she has them.

Vanessa - posted on 11/12/2010

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hmmm....... I do all three! Breast, pump, and formula. I use my breast for nighttime feeding and when we wake up. Pumping through out the day for 10-15 mins every two-three hours is giving me more then enough milk for her to feed and to store. I use formula to feed her when I am going out and unable to bring enough milk. I have problems with breast feeding so to do it in public would be awfull. I have no issues with pumping I am getting plenty of milk, enough for twins! My little girl is not going to go hungry.

Krista - posted on 11/12/2010

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Why are you pumping and feeding formula rather than pumping and feeding your milk, or just feeding directly? Will you be going to work right away? Not AT ALL judging, just trying to understand your needs. I have a 60 gal box full of pumping supplies if you are in need. Will make you a heck of a deal on the whole getup. Included is a Medela pump in syle.

Sherri - posted on 11/12/2010

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Jasmine, not sure from your post if you are working outside the home, but it is totally possible to breastfeed your twins without pumping. It would be very helpful to get in touch with LaLeche League in your area and attend their monthly meetings to get support and the right information on nursing twins. Best of luck to you and proud of you for wanting to breastfeed, you won't regret the decision.

Sherri

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