Saturday, September 5, 2009

The First Week

This past week has been a flurry of breastfeeding-related activity, meeting with lactation consultants and working with a postpartum 'lactation doula' to achieve a successful experience. So far the boys are doing well, gaining well for their size and I am hoping will be back to their birth weight by next week. I had low-supply issues with my daughter and was never able to exclusively breastfeed her, as I had intended. At this point, Walter has a fantastic latch and nurses so well that he is EBF. John needs a bit of help so I am able to breastfeed him simultaneously with his brother who then triggers let-downs making things easier for John, but then I need to pump and top off John's feedings with bottles. It is a lot of work, but all in all a dream compared to my previous experience using an SNS system and pumping my boobs off. My lactation consulatant said "supply is never an issue with twins." While I would love to think that is the case, I do remain somewhat anxious to see how it goes. Of course I am loaded up on fenugreek and this time am giving Goat's Rue a whirl. Bottom line, I just want to put a little chub on these "rotissre chickens," as my husband likes to call them...

1 comment:

  1. Your boys are precious! I'm so glad you've got one exclusively breastfeeding already and that the other is able to ride mostly on his brothers efforts. That is so encouraging to me with my 36week 2 day twins. Maybe I'll be off the "pumping my boobs off" routine soon ;)