Elissa - BF questions for you...

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Elissa - BF questions for you...
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Mon, 07-11-2011 - 1:03pm

How old was your daughter when your twins were born?

How did you manuever BFing with toddler? Did you basically stay at home for awhile in the beginning.

You also EBF right? When did you pump vs BF?

I plan on pumping but trying to figure out timing. Id also like to be able to leave twins home with DH, etc on occasion & not lower supply by missing a pumping session.

I dont think my supply was so great with DD.

I just cant envision going out with all 3 kids & needin to BF boys & my preschooler staying put. She will take off. So far Ive only come up with sitting in car. Im also probably living in a dream world about getting out ;)

*mindy*
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Mon, 07-11-2011 - 3:30pm
Mindy,

Bella was 28 months old when the twins were born. At home I would bf in a recliner in the living room, she would crawl up on the foot rest and sit with us and we'd watch a show. Or she had a few toys I kept special for when I was bf'ing, crayons and a special coloring book, etc. I stayed home for the first 10 days completely, then slowly started going out. First was my OB, then short trips to the grocery store. I would feed immediately before we left and then as soon as the first started getting antsy I'd either find a fitting room (started shopping at Super Target a lot because of needing to nurse) or finish up fast and hurry home. There is no such thing as discretion when nursing tandem, I used fitting rooms a lot or I would put the sun visor up in the windshield and nurse in my car. That way ODD would be contained also. If we were out somewhere with nana or daddy I would nurse one at a time where ever we happened to be since they could entertain Bella and/or the other twin.

I never pumped (or supplemented) I just made any trips short enough that they would survive without me or a bottle. It worked for us because I had no where
I needed to be. The pumping boards here are wonderful and I'll ask if one of the members there can stop by and answer some questions for you.

To be honest, no matter your feeding method you will have to figure out how to work it around your oldest. Unless you are going to bottle prop (majorly dangerous, especially with newborns, let alone not quite term newborns) you are going to be needing to feed two babies with only two hands. I know it's incredibly daunting right now but I know you'll figure it out.

Have you been in contact with an IBCLC or is there one on staff where you plan to deliver?
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Mon, 07-11-2011 - 6:25pm
Thanks for the info. Ya I definitely will need to lock DD in with me.
I pretty much did the short trip thing w/DD, though I did EBF a few times as she was not a great nurser & was easily distracted so trying to BF in public or even in changing room, etc.. did not work out. She'd stop every noise she heard.

They have LCs @ hospital & I have heard they are great. I feel a bit better prepared since I have done it before now of course not with 2.

How long did it take you to get tandem feedings down?
*mindy*
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Mon, 07-11-2011 - 7:03pm
I was able to tandem from the first feeding, but, it took several weeks before I stopped needing 20 minutes to get them both latched and to stay latched. Before that it was "latch one, try and latch second, first unlatches, start sweating and cussing, baby one screams, attempt to relatch, lose second latch from baby two, get both latched, sneeze and lose both, cuss some more" lather, rinse, repeat.
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Mon, 07-11-2011 - 9:04pm

Hi! I'm not a twin mom, but at Elissa's request I popped in bc I'm pretty experienced with pumping, and I'm CL for Working and Pumping.

Anyhow, if you aren't going to be going to work and just need to pump for a feeding here and there, then I wouldn't worry about getting into a pumping routine. Better to let baby regulate your supply.

But if you know you're going to have a separation, you can pump ahead to prep a bottle or two. Best time is in the morning, when supply is normally high. Don't expect a lot; when pumping in addition to nursing, .5-2.5 oz both combined is normal (though that is for singleton moms ... I'm not sure whether twin moms pump more on average, but I'd expect they may), so you may need a couple mornings to get a bottle together. Then if you're out and are missing a feeding, you need to pump to replace that feeding, either just before leaving, while you're out, or right when you get home, depending on timing. You definitely shouldn't go more than 3 hours without pumping.

If you are only pumping on occasion, then you can probably get away with a manual pump. If you need to pump more often, an electric pump makes sense, and then it may also make sense to pump more regularly (like once a day in the am).

Anyhow I definitely understand how you might be nervous about supply, it's natural to be nervous! But the best advice I have for you is to breastfeed "early and often"!!! Your body will adjust to feeding two, I promise. I'll let Elissa give you more specifics there ;)

Best wishes for the rest of your pregnancy :)

 


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Mon, 07-11-2011 - 9:35pm
Thank you for stopping by Spencer :-)
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Tue, 07-12-2011 - 10:14pm
Thanks for your message.
I just think that was problem with DD. Though I wont be separated from babes, I guess Im just anxious to build up a stock pile of BM in freezer for DH to help if needed as I have no idea how this twin feeding will go.
I guess Im also just used to DD who was not the best BFer. Each feed was at least 45m long.
I already got a Freestyle. I hated my manual pump w/DD.
I guess I will just see how it goes :)
*mindy*
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Wed, 07-13-2011 - 3:39am

Sorry, I just had to thread crash to say that this....

"latch one, try and latch second, first unlatches, start sweating and cussing, baby one screams, attempt to relatch, lose second latch from baby two, get both latched, sneeze and lose both, cuss some more" lather, rinse, repeat.

... had me rollin'!!

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Wed, 07-13-2011 - 4:07pm
Oh Andi, it's hilarious looking back on it but at the time, yeah, not so much. It literally took me 30 minutes some times to get them both to latch and stay latched. I remember one particularly trying time I finally got them feeding, leaned back, and realized I had to pee *now* lol

I usually only had one starving at a time so I'd get the starving one going and then work with the only sorta hungry baby to get latched. Also, mine were 38 weeks 2 days at delivery so I had a head start maturity wise. If they had been preemies or even early term I likely wouldn't have had as "easy" a time. :-)
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