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Hello everyone I'm new to this board but am looking to see if anyone here has successfully BF twins. I REALLY want to BF my twins due in summer but the thought kind of scares me. Babies eat a lot, 2 babies even more, these are my first is it even possible? I want to pump so DH can help feed but again, IDK if that possible. If anyone has avise or stories to share I would be grateful!
I am a mom of 6 month old EBF twins. We just introduced bottles of breast milk this past week (tried before and then didn't for a while & they hate bottles). As I said I have exclusively breastfed for the past 6mo (no solids yet). It is absolutely possible to bf twins. It isn't easy, but it's something our bodies can do!!! It's amazing to think everytime I look at my two big babies that they are triving because of my perseverance. I'm not going to lie. It's tough. I eat oatmeal daily to keep up my supply & drink mothers milk tea. I never had supply issues with my DD1 nor has it been an issue with the twins except if I try to cut calories or exercise too much. Basically I eat a ton & haven't lost weight (but I never do bf'ing).
The main thing I can recommend for nursing twins is to get a twins plus nursing pillow (I have the Brest friend twins plus) and could not live without it. I brought it to the hospital when I delivered & had the LC show me positioning. I've adapted it a lot as they have grown.
The other big piece of advice, let them eat/suckle all the time in the beginning to Establish your supply. You will sit topless on the couch with the twin bf'ing pillow on & two babes stuck to your boobs for the first 6 weeks, but it is what I honestly attribute to what established such a good supply & healthy babies for me.
Good luck and congrats!!!
Also...6 months EBF my LO's are almost 20lbs each! Never a drop of formula!!! You can do it!!!
SO awesome that your twins are thriving on your BM alone...I love to hear stories like that!
My advice (as someone who has twins and wasn't able to EBF) is to really stick to your guns in the hospital and make it clear to everyone that your goal is EBF. My twins were in the NICU for 4 weeks and were given bottles of BM. The first time I didn't even know about it...I walked into the NICU and the nurse said "oh...Abigail just had her first bottle!" I was livid. I thought I had been clear that I wanted to EBF, but I guess not. Later, the neonatologist and nurses (who had no clue about BFing) made me feel like if the twins didn't take bottles, they weren't going to gain weight, develop properly, or get to go home for several more weeks. I know now that this wasn't true, but at the time while sleep deprived, emotionally and physically exhausted and trying to adjust to living in this hospital 24/7, I let them convince me to give them bottles. As a result, by the time we got home, they didn't want to BF at all I tried to get them back on the boob, but it never happened for us.
You CAN do it, and your babies don't need bottles or formula. Learn from my mistakes, and don't let anyone make you feel like you are going to harm your babies by wanting to EBF.
(Oh, and this was a "breastfeeding friendly" hospital, too...they were anything but.)
I pumped exclusively for my twins for three months and they were my first babies. I tried to get them to actually breastfeed, but it just wasnt in the cards for us. I had more then enough milk for them and probably could have went longer, but got lazy.
It can be done But as previous poster have said, make absolutly sure you tell the nurses you want them in your room and that there will be no formula. My babies were born @ 36 weeks and didnt have to spend time in the nicu (they were big and I was lucky)
Congratulations on your twins!
I exclusively breastfed my twins for the first 3 months. And them I started pumping and giving it to them in bottles in August because I went back to school in September. Honestly I'm probably not much help I wasn't planning on breastfeeding until one of the nurses at the hospital kept encouraging me to try it and both babies latched on right away. But it is possible! My babies are 9 months and have never had a drop of forumula and they just started eating baby food two months ago and they are happy and healthy