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Just introducing myself as I plan on popping in for advice. I had b/g twins about two weeks ago. I'm 36and a first time mom.

Curious if anyone has been successful breast feeding?

Here are my cherubs

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Very cute:) welcome to the parenting side! It is possible to breast feed twins, I've been going strong for just over a year now but it is hard and time consuming. My advice is if you want to bfeed get to at least 6 weeks. Something happens then and it gets a little easier. But I'm also a firm believer in sanity so do what keeps you sane. With me I couldnt stand making bottles, cleaning them up and warming them up. So I stuck with it because that kept me sane. With twins, the first month is about survival so do what you can to survive Smile

congrats again on the babes. Twins are a wild and crazy ride, but worth every minute.

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Thanks, any advice for a lazy nurser

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"DannyT" wrote:

Thanks, any advice for a lazy nurser

Yes, take them off after 15 minutes or so if they're just being lazy otherwise they'll ruin your nipples (I mean even worse) without getting much milk anyway. They do for real eventually speed up their nursing. At this point about half of all time day and night is spent nursing... Keep surviving! It does get better. In a month more they will SMILE!!! Smile

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Hi and welcome to the world of twins. They are cute! Smile I did not breastfeed my girls, as I knew that I would go crazy. I am so proud of the ladies who have been able to do it. I did breastfeed my son. He was a sleepy nurser in the beginning. I fed him in only a diaper and tickled his feet and chin a lot to keep him awake.

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Kudos to the moms who were able to continue to breast feed twins!! I did for the first month - just stopped a couple weeks ago... I tried my hardest but - for my sanity- I couldnt. I also had a lazy nurser. Well in the NICU it was much easier for me to pump and bring bottles. Sure they encourage you to breastfeed but with their rigorous schedule of feeding every 3 hours, by the time I was finished it was just about feeding time again since they were just "learning" if you will... so I pumped and bottled fed. The other thing was since they were preemies, if the babies didnt breastfeed for a certain amoun of time, the hospital would supplement with formula to ensure their weight gain. It also didnt hlp that my son had an gavage (sp?) tube bc he wasnt a good eater. Anyway, long story long - I pumped and they bottle fed. Came home, they wanted the bottle. So, I started out to change, feed, burp one then the other, then I pumped for 20 minutes... I got literally zero sleep. So I found a way to bottle feed them at the same time. SUCCESS! Then I realized that 20 minutes of pumping had to go too. I was still supplementing with formula anyway since I wasnt pumping enough I wasnt producing enough but I felt sometimes I had to pick between pumping and eating or pumping and sleeping... so needless to say, I folded and went strictly to formula - which by the way is an expensive choice. Anyway, good luck... I would say if you can pull it off, breastfeed. Some mommies have talked with lactation consultants... I know I did twice, didnt help much for me but I have heard they work wonders for others. I think I just didnt have the drive to push through. But ultimately I have to vote for you sanity! Smile

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Jill first you are amazing to make it 4 weeks. I am at almost 3 weeks and I just hope I have the fortitude to make.it longer. It is hard no matter the feeding method. Kudos to you for your strength.

I am a little scared as we just found out DH has to have spine surgery REALLY soon, how am I going to wrangle these newborns and him.....I guess i can only take.it one day at a time.

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"DannyT" wrote:

Jill first you are amazing to make it 4 weeks. I am at almost 3 weeks and I just hope I have the fortitude to make.it longer. It is hard no matter the feeding method. Kudos to you for your strength.

I am a little scared as we just found out DH has to have spine surgery REALLY soon, how am I going to wrangle these newborns and him.....I guess i can only take.it one day at a time.

Oh boy, that's going to be rough! I'm trying to think of positives for you ... assuming he gets similar advice to what I heard (I had spine surgery less than 6 months before getting pregnant), he'll have to walk a lot in his recovery. So if you get a sweet, easy-rolling, high-handled stroller now, maybe he'll be able to push the babies around while they sleep for a few minutes between feedings.

Anyway, keep on surviving. The first weeks are SO intense and I at least found it impossible to imagine that other people had actually survived it ... but you can!!

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"triplespiral" wrote:

Anyway, keep on surviving. The first weeks are SO intense and I at least found it impossible to imagine that other people had actually survived it ... but you can!!

^^^ I meant twins, but the surgery will suck, too, I'm sure!

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"melnzai" wrote:

Hi and welcome to the world of twins. They are cute! Smile I did not breastfeed my girls, as I knew that I would go crazy. I am so proud of the ladies who have been able to do it. I did breastfeed my son. He was a sleepy nurser in the beginning. I fed him in only a diaper and tickled his feet and chin a lot to keep him awake.

I just want to add that is unlikely that I would have ever been able to breastfeed Sarafina. She had to have OT for feeding issues until she was 9 months old. Her therapists were fairly certain that she would not have been able to latch. How could I breastfeed one twin and deprive the other, considering the one with the issues was the one who needed it most. So, there was no breastfeeding for us. However, I know you can do it. The surgery sounds stressful and painful. Sad You will make it though, even if it is very stressful. I tried to find time to just relax, even if it was 10 minutes. I would watch a TV show or read a book. We have all made it past the very hard first year with twins.

Jill- You had to do what you needed to do, and sanity is more important than anything else. If you are not coping with the sleep deprivation and everything that comes along with having multiples, something has to give. A happy mommy is more important anyway. Smile

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Sorry to move this in a new direction, but Melanie, I didn't realize Sarafina had OT for feeding issues ... could you tell me more about it? My daughter starts in a couple of weeks and I have no idea what to expect. (And she too couldn't latch.)

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Jill-Sanity is important!!! I've said it before and I'll say it again, do what keeps you sane!

Danielle- My hear goes out to you. I know where you are coming from (sort of, minus the surgery!). We relocated for work and I literally knew no one when I got pregnant with the twins. We luckily became good friends with our neighbours and they were a huge (and our only) help when the babes were born. DH went back to work as soon as we got out of the hospital so I did it completely by myself from day one. Long story short- you can do you. It will be over whelming, but you will make it through. You're almost to that one month mark. The worst is almost over! As for Bfing, make it to 6 weeks, for some reason it got a little easier for me. Maybe they just became better feeders. I found feeding them seperately easier only because I wasnt trying to support two babies at once. Now that being said, me babes were quick eater (my milk supply has also been through the roof therefore it comes out super fast which may be the biggest reason I was able to continue bfing). But like I just said do what keeps you sane!

Mel and Shelia-I'm sorry, what is OT?

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Congrats! They are beautiful!

I breastfeed my twins until they self-weaned about a week apart from one another at 18 months of age.

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"krista83" wrote:

Mel and Shelia-I'm sorry, what is OT?

Sorry, occupational therapy.