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September 30th, 2010, 05:35 AM
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Maybe you can give me some tips. I have posted this same question before on my DDC. I know a lot of you BF on this board so I thought I would ask all you pros for help. I have PCOS and I know this can inhibit your milk supply. I want to breast feed both babies in the worst way. I am gong to get a Medela in-style pump and I was reading about fenugreek and mothers milk tea and also eating oatmeal. I am so scared that I won't make enough milk no matter how hard I try. Any advice?
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September 30th, 2010, 05:44 AM
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My suggestion is to nurse your babies on demand and to make sure you see a lactation consultant when you deliver and if any issue comes up. My MIL breastfed twins (DH and BIL) for a while and she said it was doable. The breastfeeding board and pumping board on here are very helpful.
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September 30th, 2010, 07:06 AM
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Yes feed on demand. Your body operates on supply and demand...the more the babies are on the boob the more milk you will make! Make sure you are getting enough calories.
And try not to worry too much. Stress can inhibit milk supply too. Your body is more then capable and start telling yourself that now. Focus on how you can do this..not how you cant.
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September 30th, 2010, 07:08 AM
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I would not worry about your supply unless it becomes an issue, stress will make it worse. I second the recommendation to check out the pumping and bfing board. There are a couple women who EBF and EP'ed for their twins on there. Knowledge and support are the best ways to go into this
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September 30th, 2010, 07:23 AM
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well, if it helps, I have PCOS and never had supply issues, so it's not necessarily going to happen. I also know a couple women who have successfully breastfed twins.

I recently helped a friend through successfully breastfeeding her 4th child after "failing" at it due to supply the first 3 times. There are a lot of things you can do if it does become a problem. Adding extra pumping sessions, letting the babies nurse on demand and for as long as they want to. Don't let the doctors stress you out too much, most of them use growth charts for formula feeding and some breastfed babies gain weight slower than "expected". The biggest thing is remember it's okay to ask for help - and preferably not from just a hospital lactation consultant, they don't always know the more natural things you can do to help. Check around your area for a post-partum doula, they usually know a LOT about breastfeeding.
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September 30th, 2010, 10:35 AM
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I've been going to Le leche a league meetings and they are really helpful in helping with worrying and giving great support whether you have a problem or not.
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September 30th, 2010, 11:12 AM
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all the above advice is great. i'd also like to tell you not to give up if things don't go to well at first. i'm a new mama and bf was hard at first in the hospital. i got frustrated and was then scared that i wouldn't get the hang of it. so if you have some hard days don't give up,just try again.
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September 30th, 2010, 11:32 AM
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I agree with the pp. Feed on demand and be sure to get at least a session or two with a good LC. Try not to stress; you body was build for this, after all.

If it helps ease your mind, we discussed milk supply in our birth class last time around and found out that statistically, most women can produce enough milk to feed up to 6 children. Granted, most of us will never have to BF that many children at one time, but if the demand is there, odds are you can make more than enough milk for your two sweet kiddos!

Don't hesitate to post if you have any more questions!
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September 30th, 2010, 12:16 PM
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6 children, wow! I never knew that.

I really think the LLL meetings are a great place to start. Go before you have the babies.
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September 30th, 2010, 12:40 PM
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Yup. That's according to my Bradley teacher (who is also an LC). She said in some countries where food can be scarce it's not uncommon for mothers to nurse multiple children to supplement the solid foods they get.
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September 30th, 2010, 03:04 PM
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Spend lots of time with the babies skin to skin. Get used to not wearing a shirt for the first few weeks, and keep the babies in their diapers. Take naps with them laying on your chest.

Start going to LLL meetings now and keep going for support.

One lady in my local LLL nursed twins while still nursing her two older children, who were 1 and 2 when the twins were born. That's impressive.
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September 30th, 2010, 03:25 PM
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wow! 6 children? That is awesome. I know at LLL they say that your body at first (PP) does not know how many children you have, which is why a lot of women have an oversupply in the beginning and then it evens out.
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September 30th, 2010, 03:52 PM
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LOTS of water, oatmeal, mothers milk tea, fenugreek, feeding on demand, LLL meetings and a good latch will all help a lot. Plus it just takes time. Promise yourself you won't quit before 6 weeks NO MATTER WHAT! It took 5-6 weeks for us to really get the hang of it. It's not exactly easy yet but it's not a stressful ordeal anymore. Also remember that it is NORMAL for newborns to nurse 24/7 the first few weeks and it does NOT mean your supply is low. Plan to do nothing but nurse the first week. Life is much easier if you plan ahead to be stuck on the couch or in a recliner for most of the first two weeks.
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September 30th, 2010, 07:00 PM
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i must have missed that thread in our DDC.
i agree about going to at least one LLL meeting while you are pregnant. here is one near you. La Leche League of Hackettstown, New Jersey
there may be a closer meeting, but i am not entirely familiar with that part of the state, but i know it's in your county. try to attend 1 or 2 meetings before the babies come, you will learn a lot! we had 3 twin mommies in my LLL group and they all nursed their babies for a year at least! you can do it!
don't let anyone try to convince you to get the babes on a schedule, just nurse on demand and get lots of skin to skin contact.
you should just camp out on the couch with snacks, a book, tv remote, a huge glass of water, nursing pillow, and your babies. make nursing your #1 priority, let dh or your mom or whoever take care of cleaning the house. if you establish a good nursing relationship in the beginning you likely won't have issues.
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September 30th, 2010, 08:30 PM
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I agree with the people who said to get enough calories! And water. I know right after giving birth, you suddenly feel 10x lighter, and just can't wait to get the rest of the weight off. Just remember to be eating enough! I think they say an extra 500 calories a day for breastfeeding moms, so I'm assuming it would be double for a mom BF twins!
Buy yourself a nice reusable water bottle and keep it full all the time! I used to keep mine next to my bed every night (nighttime nursing sessions are the worst, I'd get SO thirsty). I'd refill it 5-6 times a day I think, and it was a 20 oz. bottle.
Definitely set a goal. If you tell yourself you'll stick it out at least 6 weeks, then chances are you'll be able to make it. It took a good 2-3 months for DD to get a good latch and be able to latch every time. If I wouldn't have set my goal, I may not have made it. But I knew it was a slow process, so I planned for that.
Don't be afraid to ask for help! Get used to people touching your boobs. And know where to ask for help. From most breastfeeding moms, I've heard that their pediatricians and OB's weren't very supportive, and didn't always have up to date information. I even got some funky advice from my midwife, and I trust and agree with just about everything she says when it comes to birth, so it kind of threw me off guard. If there's a local LLL, check into it, from what I hear, this is where you'll get the best info. And it wouldn't hurt to read a good breastfeeding book beforehand so you have a little bit of information stored up.
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October 1st, 2010, 05:32 AM
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Thank you so much ladies! You gave me wonderful advice! I am going to a breastfeeding class offered by my hospital but I will look into LLL and hopefully be able to go to a couple of them as well!
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