Rachel, momma to 4
dd 9, ds 7, twin boys Dec 09
I nursed my twins for 2years and 2 weeks! A little sad to be all done now.
I told you!!! And don't worry about teething, brad and kaylee are both teething right now and I only know because of the drool and constant chewing. Just pick up a couple Sophie the giraffees for them to naw on! You're doing great mama. How bfing going?
Breastfeeding is not going super well but I'm getting into a groove of a lot of pumping, 25-50% formula, and mostly just boobing the boy. The girl is still AWFUL at it and it's just not worth it if I want to have time with both and she gets more breastmilk if I just pump. Perhaps things will change with time but for now this is what's working.
I am glad yours is getting better so quickly for you. I think I went through at least 3 months of hell before things got better. It sure is nice being able to sleep a little longer, isn't it.
I'm not around often enough to know the reason why your DD isn't having an easy time with bfing, but just wanted to share our story as to possibly give encouragement. A&A were born 5.5 wks early. In the beginning their mouths were too small to latch on properly so I had to buy nipple shields. (at around 3 weeks I began tandem nursing) By the time their mouths were big enough, Alaina was too used to the shield. I tried and tried to get her to latch on without it, but she wouldn't open wide enough and would scream bloody murder when I tried to get her to re-latch. And while Aiden could latch okay without one, having to juggle a screaming Alaina would cause him to pop off. Being sleep deprived, I didn't have the energy to keep trying and just continued with the shields. Around 6 months I decided to try again. Aiden did okay after the first two sessions. It took about 2 days for Alaina, but she finally got it. We went from hr long nursing sessions each (when I just nursed one at a time) every three hrs, to 45 min sessions together every three hrs. At 5 months they were nursing 30 min every 2.5 hrs. Once I got rid of the shields they gradually started nursing for less and less time each session. Around 8.5 months Alaina decided she was done nursing next to Aiden, so I had to go back to doing it separately. It's now down to about 5 min each, 3x/day. There were so many times I wanted to just pump instead of nurse. But for us, it was easier to stick to the nursing so I didn't have to spend time pumping, fixing bottles, and washing them. Do whats best for you and your LOs, and know that even with bumps in the road, it can be done. You're doing great!
I agree with Danielle. Do what works for you. Personally I would have given up a long time ago and just gone to strictly formula feeding. You are awesome for keeping at it. If you have time ( and would want to) post some updated pics of the babies. I know everyone would love to see how big they have gotten.
You'll find it comes and goes. There were times everything was going smoothly and we were in a good routine, then it all goes to hell again lol! I'm glad things are going well!
Sean and Emma 10/24/06
Yeah for longer sleep! Congrats!
Don't worry about teething - I've had 3 kids and none of them have EVER shown the least bit of discomfort when teething. Seriously, don't sweat it.
Ava 6 years
James and Eric, born November 2009