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Breastfeeding Success!! ~ Nimna's Story
My name is Lori, and I am currently nursing 10 month old twin boys. These are my third and fourth children. I breastfed my first for 6 months. I stopped so I could go back on the pill. I nursed my second for 8 months until she had failure to thrive. When I found out I was pregnant with the twins, one of the first thoughts in my head was "I'll never be able to nurse both of them." Luckily I found out I was wrong. I joined a local Mothers of Twins club and found several of the women had nursed their twins.
I had a c-section with the boys and was not able to attempt to nurse until about four hours after birth. Turner latched on and nursed like a champ. Tyler was a little slower in learning the latch process but we survived the first feeding. For their first feeding, I nursed them by themselves. Later I had just gotten both latched on at the same time for the first time when the Lactation consultant walked in. I was so proud of myself for getting them settled with out her help. She was really impressed. But during our stay in the hospital the babies wanted to nurse all of the time. It was very physically and emotionally draining. Between the two of them, I was nursing all of the time. They appeared to be hungry and I just was not satisfying them. Due to the mental stress and lack of sleep, I agreed to give them a little formula. That seemed to settle them down. After being released from the hospital, we went to the pediatrician for a check up when they were 6 days old. My pediatrician was out so we had to see another doctor. He told my husband that when I go to sleep to give the babies a bottle and not to wake me up. I was horrified. I know he was trying to get across to my husband that I was going to be exhausted but I really didn't want them to have formula. It took me a month to convince my husband that the babies do not need a formula bottle before they go to bed; that the pediatrician does not always know best.
In the beginning it was hard to trust that my body would be able to provide for both babies, especially since I had problems nursing my daughter. The keys to my success have been: I refuse to hide when I feed my babies. With twins I would have never been able to leave the house for six months if I was uncomfortable to nurse in public. I made a point not to leave them often or for long periods of time. When I do have to leave them with a sitter, I take my pump with me to keep my supply up. I rarely offer a bottle of anything. They only get a little juice about twice a week. With my daughter I kept offering her water when she wanted to nurse and it wasn't convenient. I surrounded myself with other nursing moms. I found wonderful support in another mother who was nursing twins. I figured if she can do it so can I. I have been through several clogged milk ducts, thrush, and mastitis. In the beginning I set small goals for myself. First a week, then two, then a month, 2 months, and so on. It was overwhelming when I thought about a whole year which was my long term goal. But by telling myself you only have to make it to -----, it was easier to take and preserver.
They are still going strong at 10 months. I do not know when I plan to wean.