Do you think there is a max-out?
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|Sun, 11-02-2003 - 10:27pm|
I personally think it's going to change from one person to the next but that PROBABLY most people with a normal hormonal balance and not suffering from any of a variety of problems (ie hypothyroid, depression, etc.) can probably nurse 4 children without supplementing. Maybe more.
I think that 2 is pretty much a no-brainer given that we have one breast for each child. I think at 3 it probably will become more difficult but by cycling them off it ought to be do-able...and 4 well it would be cycleable as well but just more than with 3. Beyond that...not sure how well it'd go, LOL!
Anyhow...thought I'd share (with permission) this link: http://pages.ivillage.com/birthteacher00/id26.html Patti had twins at home (the birth looks phenominal just by itself!) a few weeks ago (beware the photos are not necessarily very modest!)...but Patti has only one functional breast. The other has 3rd degree burn scars where the nipple would be and while it engorges after the birth, it dries up with nowhere for the milk to be released out of. She is VERY successfully nursing her 2 girls off just one breast. She nurses one for a short time, then the next, then the first...it's more frequent than every couple of hours, for sure, but their weight gain is MORE than adequate and it looks to me like for someone with 2 functional breasts it would be fine to do 4...