August 2nd, 2011 by

Breastfeeding Triplets

It can be done. Granted, there will be many hurdles to jump.

BUT… it is possible. Take it from me. The girls got mommy milk until 13 months old. Ian went all the way to 20 months, and he chose by himself to give it up. I think the peer pressure got to him. After all, his sisters were getting milk in sippy cups.

*GASP*

That was that. Fortunately, I was comfortable with his decision. Not that I wasn’t sad. I did cry about a million & a half tears, most of them because it was the end of our breastfeeding relationship, the other part because I knew I would never have this opportunity again.

I was reminded this evening by a great online friend, Renee, how important this relationship was to me. How much I sacrificed for my kids to get the goodies from mommy. She even wrote a little shpeel about it on her blog.

Most triplet moms don’t even think it is possible. Some run in to supply issues. Others run in to health issues. I can speak from experience. I had mastitis a total of ELEVEN times in 16 months. Yes, you read correctly. And if you have had it, you know what I sacrificed to keep going.

This battle was in my heart. I already gave my children a disadvantage by knowing they would be born premature. This was my way to give them back a little something. If you doubt the fight is worth fighting, I encourage you to find a La Leche League near you. They are a wonderful support group. If anything, they will provide a comfortable environment where you can ask questions and receive educated answers.

If in doubt, just know that this triplet momma, that didn’t have a nanny and did days by herself, could manage to breastfeed and pump over 90 oz of milk on a daily basis. So if you think you can’t…

YOU CAN.

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2 Responses to “Breastfeeding Triplets”

  1. avatar LillyM says:

    I just wanted to thank you for sharing this. I am pregnant with triplets and plan to breastfeed them as long as possible. I also feel that because they will have a slight disadvantage being born prematurely, that I will do anything and everything in my power to provide for them. I don’t have much support and my husband will have to go back to work shortly after the birth, so everyone who knows I plan to breastfeed thinks I’m nuts! It’s just nice hearing someone else’s success, so thank you for the hope that it’ll all work out!!

  2. avatar Chelsea says:

    Thank you for this post. I am expecting triplets in December. I breastfed my 2 year old son until he was 2! (we just stopped). I am a bit sad and disapointed that this experience with breastfeeding will be so different (and my last!). But this post made me feel so much better that it is possible! I am wondering if you have time if you could email me with some of your own personal tips. None of the LLL in my area have had experience in breastfeeding triplets, only twins.
    Thanks again!

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