In the first 2months I would only express occassionally and after a feed, as to express in between might mean an upset hungry baby in 10mins - lol. The first few months is very important to establish a good supply, so I avoided doing anything other than resting, feeding, and more feeding!
The pumping action is very different to a baby sucking, so I didn't do it often, but it was nice to know there was an option of DH taking EBM from the freezer when I was exhausted. I didn't offer the bottle until after 2 (or was it 3months??) as my first baby did develop nipple confusion and ended up refusing the breast because the bottle was a different sucking action and easier. DS ended up refusing the bottle until about 8months, but DD would take it fine. Electric double pumping would be better than single pumping though, as your body will be used to both boobs being drained at the same time.
In all honesty - lots of health professionals mean well, and if they are talking about a single baby, then it's usually good advice, but sometimes with multiples it's a bit different, and you are more willing to do something that is not ideal, to save your sanity!! They often only have experience with single babies too, so may not understand the differences.
I have a question for the twin b/fing mummies out there. What type of pump (if any) did you get? I know I will need to express at times so I want to be prepared.
I have read that a double electric one that you hire is a really good option. Not sure if I should also get a hand held manual one too?
I got myself an avent isis electric (can also be used as a manual) from eBay. It was a really good price (but don't ask me to remember it) and the lady who sold it bought new valves etc as per hygiene regulations.
I never really had a problem with it- it did the job wonderfully, and mine actually came with a 'going out' kit, so I could pack it all into a little inconspicious black case and no one would be the wiser that I was toting a breast pump around with me. (In fact when I was at ModCon earlier this year, we all took my BP to Dreamworld and had a go expressing- it's a fabulous size and was easily stored in the lockers there )
My boys wouldn't really drink expressed bm though.. (I say 'wouldn't really' but actually I mean they refused bottles altogether ) but I did get good use out of it to help with my oversupply when my milk really came in.
I had the avent manual (didn't use it much, but was handy to have) from my first kids, so stuck with that. I had the medela mini-electric from DD1 too, but found the avent one much better. If I was buying one, i'd have got the electric Isis like Nomsie.
I got the advent Isis electric pump from the baby expo for half price. It's usually $299 I got it for $150. Came with the case that nomsie mentioned.
Haven't used it just yet but glad to hear I got a good one.
Thanks for the advice ladies! I'll check out the Avent Isis.
Everyone. I thought I would come back and post how I am going with breast feeding the twins.
Fortunately I am blessed with good supply & babies that latch on well so very lucky on that front.
I purchased the avent isis electric portable breast pump from ebay. It is fantastic and I use it everyday to express at the 6am & 9am feeds so I have milk as back up if I need it.
I also purchased My Breast Friend feeding pillow for twins. It has back support and it incredibly useful for tandem feeding. I still need help to tandem feed (an extra set of hands) but the pillow is great. I highly recommend it!
My twins were born at 29weeks and i had to express my milk until they were able to suck which wasnt until they were 8weeks old. I use to hand express as it was alot more gentle so no pump here. I FULLY breastfeed them both for 9months with no formula top ups or extra formula feeds. I use to express between feeds and express twice during the night as they slept from 7pm til 7am from 8weeks old so i didnt bother waking them. I never used a "special beastfeeding pillow" just normal pillows at home, i always fed them together no matter what.
hi everyone. i know this thread hasn't been used for a while but i'm hoping of you will still see this post and reply. I am new to bub hub and have 10 week old twin boys. I am doing 50/50 breast and formula feeding, and establishing breastfeeding was a rough ride for me, but now i'd like to go to full breastfeeding if it is possible. Do you think at this point in time its too late to build up my supply enough to do that, or did i miss the boat?
my boys were tongue-tied so i got nipple damage in the first week and feeding was excruciating which meant i was crying all the time because i desperately wanted to BF them. i had natural delivery for first bub and emergency caesar for the second so i was in such a fog for the first week i just did what i was told - express and finger feed, and let the midwives give formula bottles overnight so i could sleep. Then i got thrush and staf infection on my nipples and the LC told me to take them off again to rest my nipples. Finally i was able to put them back on and they gradualy learned to latch on well, However i was giving them formula bottles overnight so they would sleep better and i could get some sleep. So after all that this is where i'm at - BF during the day followed by comps if they seem hungry still. Formula bottles at night + expressed milk if i've got it.
My questions are
- is it too late for me to build up my supply
- is the best way to do it just stopping the comps and letting them cry til there's enough milk?
hoping to hear from some of you experienced ladies. these are my first bubs.
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