Hello! New to site but not new to EPing
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|Fri, 04-22-2011 - 12:16pm|
Hello, I'm new here so I thought I'd introduce myself. I am a mother to 8 month old twin boys. I've been exclusively BFing my boys since birth, and EPing since the boys were about 5 months old. BFing the boys went beautifully for the first five months, then things fell apart when one baby went on a nursing strike and both got colds which made nursing difficult (breathing while nursing congested was difficult for them). Also, by five months the boys were becoming very active and tandem nursing was becoming more and more difficult (hair pulling, eye poking, etc.). So, I made the difficult decision to stop all efforts to get both babies back to the breast and switched over to EPing.
My supply has never been an issue, although I've always been careful to do everything I can to maximize my supply (eating well, drinking a lot of water and mother's milk tea, eating oatmeal, etc.). I've been able to exclusively BF both babies and build a freezer stash. At the peak, I was expressing about 70 ounces a day, which was enough to feed both. They're drinking less now that they're on solids so I've been dropping pumps to decrease my supply. I've got my first business trip coming up next month and my goal is to be down to four pumps by then. I'm currently at around five or six pumps a day and producing about 62 ounces. The boys drink about 28-30 ounces a day lately.
I use the Medela Freestyle and I LOVE it. I was using the Medela Symphony but found I got more milk with the Freestyle. Go figure! I use the Simple Wishes hands free bra and couldn't live without it. I pump everywhere. I can hook myself up to my pump at a stop light in heavy traffic using my peanut shell nursing cover. I've received some funny looks but I really could care less. I've gone through drive-thrus while pumping, been on business conference calls while pumping, gotten a hair cut while pumping, taken out the trash and gotten the mail while pumping. I've even been pulled over by a cop while pumping and he didn't say a word! (I was pulled over due to my license plate cover, not for speeding or anything driving related).
EPing for twins really isn't so bad. I've grown attached to my little pump and can see myself continuing to pump until they are at least a year old. Every once in a while I'll feel fed up with pumping but most days it's doable. In the grand scheme of things the amount of time I'll spend pumping is miniscule and the gift I'm giving them is immense.