Yesterday was my last day breastfeeding the boys. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t tear up. I had reduced our feedings from 3 times a day to twice a day then just the mornings. I’m so proud of the three of us making it 14.5 months!! I’m going to miss looking down and seeing the little heart the three of us would make. The way the boys would curl in their inner arms and almost hold hands… the way they’d laugh at each other and I was forced to hold one of their arms back so they wouldn’t poke each other in the eye. I’m going to miss when Nathan finishes first and looks up at me with a huge grin and how Anthony always has to double check Nathan’s side to see if any drop was left behind. I’m going to miss hearing their excitement when Steve went into their rooms to wake them up and bring them to me in the mornings. Most of all I’m going to miss that bonding time and the closeness of breast feeding; snuggling in with my boys and the incomparable feeling of serenity, peace, and the power of being the solution to most tears. Breastfeeding twins was one of the most difficult things I’ve ever done in the beginning but after that initial period it has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life.
That being said… it sure was nice waking up this morning and being able to wear a normal bra and shirt again. I am going to enjoy this new found freedom.
The boys each eat about 3 ounces of breastmilk a feeding
= 6 ounces a feeding
x 9 feedings a day
= 54 ounces a day
x 7 days a week
= 378 ounces a week
/ 128 (number of ounces in a gallon)
= 2.95 gallons of milk a week
~12 gallons a month
~ 159 gallons a year
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.