Breastfeeding in the hospital
Visitor Story of Breastfeeding Twins: When my husband and I found out we were having identical twins, we obviously panicked. The idea of taking care of two babies was overwhelming. One thing I never doubted was the fact that I would breastfeed. Hey, God gives you two breasts, right? One for each!
My mom breast-fed both me and my sister for two years. She instilled in me the importance of breastfeeding – as my sister is 8 years younger than me, I watched my mom breast-feed her and got to see the beautiful benefits of it. I knew that whenever I would have children that I would breastfeed.
My girls were born at 37 and a half weeks, so I was expecting them to have a good suck. Unfortunately the second twin had some trouble, and we had to feed her formula for the first day and a half. At each feeding I would try to feed them (one at a time at first), and my second twin just had trouble. Then on the second day she was finally able to latch (with the help of some amazing lactation consultants)!
I was so happy! A day later that same lactation consultant helped me totandem feed. Ever since then, I’ve been feeding them tandemly. There are certainly times when I have to feed them separately, but for the most part they eat together.
My girls are two months old and get better at feeding every single day. It makes me feel good to know that they’ve double their birth weight in two months by solely breast-feeding (except for that first day or two).
I am so thankful that I have a good supply – in the beginning I was pumping to help increase my supply. Now that they’re such good eaters, I only have to pump when I’m going to be out and miss a feeding.
I truly love breastfeeding my twins, and I’m so glad I’m able to experience the great bonding time, in addition to giving my girls the nutrition they need!