My husband and I had no clue we would have twins, so when we got the positive pregnancy test we, like anyone would, assumed we were having one baby. We began making arrangements based on that, such as: I would go back to work after a maternity leave, we would aim for an at home birth, we would cloth diaper, and we would breastfeed. Well, upon seeing our two little gremlins on the ultrasound for the first time we quickly realized some of our goals would not be possible. A home birth for one, as midwives in our area are not comfortable handling a twin pregnancy or birth. I definitely wouldn't be going back to work, as child care would eat up all but $300 per month of my salary. We were wondering what else would need to be compromised.
As my pregnancy progressed I did more and more research by communicating with moms of multiples on websites, blogs, and forums. It seemed as though the majority of them either didn't bother trying to breastfeed, tried but felt as though they wouldn't be successful so gave up within the first month, or only breastfed part time. I was really beginning to think I would end up falling into one of those categories. Then I saw a comment that a mother wrote that changed everything. She said, "I have two babies and two boobies, and women have been feeding their children this way since the beginning of time. I think I can I think I can." I decided then that no matter what, I would try my best to feed my babies for at least 2 weeks without supplementing, and if things were going alright that I would extend my goal.
|All 3 of us after nursing...they were passed out!|
My boys were born via c-section and were immediately brought into the NICU for observation. I was not allowed to feed them the night they were born because they were having slight breathing issues caused by the c-section. They still had fluid in their lungs that hadn't been squeezed out like it would have had they been born naturally. After recovering and visiting with the boys for a couple of hours I asked that a pump be brought to my room. For the next 7 days if I wasn't with the babies or napping, I was pumping. I was headstrong that if I just kept pumping, my supply would build, and I would have enough for my boys. The NICU rules for my guys were: they had to eat a certain amount of food by mouth within a given amount of time, but if I nursed it couldn't be measured, so I pumped and bottle fed. Kingston at 7, Langston at 8, pumped at 9...Kingston at 10, Langston at 11, pumped at 12....I swear I didn't sleep more than two hour stretches for that whole first week, and that was if I missed a feeding!
|My Brest Friend twin nursing pillow (stock photo!)|
|The boys in a milk coma after tandem nursing at 2 weeks old|
p.s...I didn't have to compromise my desire to cloth diaper either! I'll write about that later ;)
|Nursing Langston at the Hollister "nurse-in" to promote breastfeeding awareness|