One of the things I'm most nervous about since finding out we're having twins is feeding them. I believe that breastfeeding is best for my babies. I nursed Mia until she was 10 months old, but once I went back to work it was harder for me to keep up with her so we gave her some formula too.
With twins I'm still planning to attempt breastfeeding them, but I'm worried that I won't be able to keep up. I'm also worried that all I'll be doing is feeding and changing diapers.
The doctors at Ministry Saint Michael's Hospital in Stevens Point assure me that milk supply will not be a problem. Your body produces as much milk as the babies need. However, I know from from the breastfeeding class I took with the Lactation Consultant last time and my experience with Mia when pumping you don't produce nearly as much so I plan to start pumping before I go back to work so I can have some supply built up before going back to work.
Breastfeeding is a bonus because it actually takes less time than bottle feeding. The babies will eat at the same pace, but you don't have to worry about washing and sanitizing bottles before or after. And not only does it save time it saves money because you're not buying expensive cans of formula. It is estimated that breastfeeding saves $1,200 per year...multiply that by 2 feeding twins. I'd say it's worth it to at least try breastfeeding.
Breastfeed both babies at the same time is the most common piece of advice twin moms have shared with me. If one is hungry and the other is sleeping wake up the sleeping baby. Otherwise you'll feel like a milk machine. In order to help breastfeed both babies at the same time I bought a My Breastfriend twin nursing pillow pictured above. This thing is huge, but it is supposed to hold two babies so I guess it makes sense. This is a great tool to use if you're bottle feeding two babies too.
It's important to remember that just like with one baby at each feeding you should switch sides. Even though you're feeding two babies at once one may eat more than the other so it's good to flip flop them at each feeding. Keeping track may be tricky, but I'm sure Lora, the Ministry Saint Michael's Hospital Lactation Consultant has some ideas to make that easier.
I'm not sure if I'm ready for this, but I feel a little better about it. I am going to set up a one on one appointment with Lora to get her best advice and I'm going to take the breastfeeding class again. It never hurts to over educate yourself, especially when it's something this important to me.
Twin moms do you have any suggestions on successful breastfeeding?
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