Hi Ladies, I need your help again. I am about to return to work and we cant get these babes to take a bottle. I've tired different brands and have tired letting DH give it to them, but they still wont take it. Suggestions??? I'm starting to freak out as my return date is the 13th.
Another question, I want to continue bfing when I return to work (Made it to a year bfing twins, never thought I'd make it to 6months!) but I will only be able to do morning and night, with the hopes that on weekends we could go back to on demand (generally 4-5 times). Is that possible? Will my supply go down too much during the week that I wont be able to feed all weekend. One thing, I probably will not have time at work to pump. HELP!!!
Have you tried sippy cups or straw cups? All of my kids took to that better than a bottle, all of them by 10 months.
As for weekend nursing without pumping during work, I suspect you'll be a little shy in the supply department during the weekend day, since your body will not be used to producing mile, but mornings and evenings should be no issue, assuming you didn't have supply issues before. You've done a fabulous job nursing twins this long!
I agree - skip bottles and go with sippy cups. Still a trying process, but should go better at this age.
Other moms have done fine with just nursing when they're together with their LO. Supply regulated to this and they had what they needed. I know Erin's DD never really took too much to bottles at daycare and they're still BFing (when together) at almost 2. Her DD did suddenly want to nurse more in the evenings to make up for the lack of milk during the day.
You have done VERY fantastic for nursing twins for so long!!! CONGRATS!!!
I agree with sippy cups. Some of my friends had luck with straws but I didn't.
Neither of my daughters would take pumped milk from a sippy cup but they would take cows milk. My oldest hadn't drank out of a sippy cup whe she started daycare at 1 year but she adjusted fine and weaned in a week. My youngest only nurses at night now and the rest of the time it is a sippy cup. Neither are large drinkers.
DD1 July 2008 (41w3d)
November 2010 (13 weeks)
DD2 August 2011 (33w5d)
Yep, my kid never took a bottle and I went back to work at 11 weeks. My supply just figured it out and everyone was fine. Are you intending to send EBM? At their age, they don't need it. I used to pump once at work until DD was about 11 months then I weaned myself from it. I always sent a few ounces JIK she felt like taking it (NEVER took more than an ounce or maaaaaybe 2). Weekends weren't an issue whatsoever. I felt a little more full on Mondays but not so much to be uncomfortable. Since you're nursing two, you might have to pump just to keep yourself comfortable, at least at first.
Since they're about a year, try a straw sippy or a sippy cup. Try something other than EBM. My DD started taking water in a straw sippy around 11 months. Try cow's milk or almond/soy milk. They don't need the protein because they'll still be nursing at home and they eat food (I'm assuming, mine didn't at that age ) but they do need something for hydration. We started sending a CamelBak water bottle to daycare when DD was about 14 months or so. She really liked it and its still what we send.
I tired putting cows milk in their sippy cups today and they took the milk no problem. So I guess we'll get to bypass bottle my only worry is that my son will not nap well because he is used to bfing before going down
Erin- I'm so happy to hear that you were able to go all weekend. I'm really hoping I am able.
Thanks for the advice ladies.
glad they took the cows milk in sippys!
My supply regulated to make more on the weekends and less during the week. Good luck and great job BFing twins!
Ethan - June 21, 2009
Olivia - December 5, 2010
5w3d - October/November 2012
My Ovulation Chart
I was scared of leaving DD at daycare knowing she wouldn't take a bottle. I was TERRIFIED of leaving her there knowing she'd never gone down for a nap without boob. She went down easily. Kids are freaking weird and do freaking weird things at school that they'll never do at home. At daycare, DD lays down on her little mat, snuggles up with a blanket, and nods off. At home its boob or nothing and she doesn't want anything to do with a blanket. I think it works even better with the older kids.
Thanks again ladies. They have been taking the milk well. And I've been trying to put brad down with no boob, but that's been hit and miss. You ladies have given me hope for my dreaded return! I really hope we can bfed until at least 18 months.
Hey ladies. I just wanted to give a quick update. First week of work under my belt and it's seems to be going great. I was able to changes my hours (I'm starting a half hr earlier) so I am getting 3 feeds in which I'm so happy about. I miss the crap out of them but I love how happy they are to see, or maybe it's my boobs! I usually have to tandem when I get home because they both want boobie so bad. I guess today and tomorrow will be the next test. Hopefully we can feed on demand all day.
Thanks again ladies for you help and support. Here's hoping I can go at least another 6 months.