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Stiff Arm [stif ahrm]

Stiff Arm [stif ahrm]

stiff arm [stif ahrm]
verb.

1. When a tandem nursing twin baby places his or her inward facing arm such that the elbow is not bent and then pushes away his or her sibling forcefully.

Warning, a stiff arm may result in the following:

  • crying
  •  spilled milk
  • scratched faces
  • uncontrollable laughter
  • smiles
  • distracted babies

Nathan has gotten to where he will hold Anthony’s arm down by his wrist so Anthony can’t stiff arm him while they eat together.

Lactation Consultant

Lactation Consultant

One of the perks of being an IBM employee is a program with LactCorp which allows me access to a Lactation consultant for 6 months after birth.  This includes unlimited phone calls to a consultant.  Yesterday I decided to call in and see what it was about.  I’m so glad I did!  I got lots of great advice and cleared up a few wives tales.  Here’s some interesting facts I learned:

  • It’s okay to wake up a sleeping baby.  “They wake you up, it’s okay to wake them up… especially if it makes life easier on you by getting them on the same schedule”
  • Stress does not affect milk production
  • Breastfeeding mom’s only feel “full” for the first month or so after giving birth.  Even though you don’t feel full, there is plenty of milk.
  • There is no correlation to the amount of fluids a mother drinks and her milk supply.
  • Almost all babies have fussy periods.  It’s usually around 6 weeks old.
  • What you eat does not affect whether or not your baby has gas.
  • Pumping does NOT increase your milk supply.  In order to trick your body into thinking you have another baby you’d need to pump 8x more a day.  Your body produces milk based on the “pulls” and draining of the breast.  That’s why milk typically slows down around 6 months since that’s when solids are introduced and less pulling is happening.  Since a newborn typically eats 8+ times a day that’s why it’d take 8 extra times to increase the supply.

Tummy on Mummy

My tandem breast feeding attempts so far have been in the football hold.  One thing the consultant suggested was to lay on my back and let the boys find my nipples to nurse that way.  That position makes it so that I don’t have to pull their heads up to my breasts or support their body weight.

Bottom two photos:

There was even a video: http://www.biologicalnurturing.com/video/bn3clip.html.  We gave it a try last night and it worked amazingly well.  Since it’s just Steve and I now at night, this hold made it a lot easier feeding both babies at once.

My consultant, Nancy, said that I was in the top 5% for multiple moms.  She was impressed that I was exclusively breastfeeding the twins.

It makes me feel good to get some expert advice and reassurance that the boys are getting everything they need.

Breast friend

Breast friend

Today is Saturday, it has been four days since the twins were born. The four of us are doing amazing, both boys are now latching on the boobs despite some frustrations. Being in the hospital is nice because there is a new lactation consultant every day who comes in and helps to coach us through some of the issues we’re facing.  I’ve found that it’s easier to feed the boys on the rocker using the twin “breast friend” (thanks Marcia!).  When we’re not trying to feed we’re pumping milk.  The strapless hands-free bra has been a life savor (thanks Hilary!).  I have probably gotten 3 hours of sleep over the past 4 days.

Breast Feeding rules:

  1. No Pain – relatch to comfort
  2. Deep latch – chin to breast, nipple to nose, wide mouth, scoop
  3. Round Nipple – compressed nipple is a sign of a shallow latch

Steve and I didn’t take a single baby class and definitely weren’t expecting to have the boys so early.  We are fast learners though and the nurses and technicians have been great about teaching us as we go.

I am very adamant that the boys breast feed and don’t get hooked on the bottle.  So we’re been finger feeding them which can be a pain.  Here’s a picture of daddy finger feeding.  Basically we take a syringe (which Steve is already an expert in using) and attach this long tube thing.  Then we place the tube on our pinky fingers and put our fingers in the babies mouths.  Then using our other hand (or another person) we push the syringe each time they suck to reward them for sucking.  We’ve been supplementing them after each feed in order to get their weights up.  Unless they gain weight they won’t be allowed to leave the hospital.