Hi ladies - lots of posts happening which is great ... I have just had a big back-read. What can I add ?
I found a Belly Bean pillow great - used it for me during pregnancy and since, I have used it both as a back support for me and also to support a baby during bottle feeding. I don't breast feed both babies at the same time as I do a bottle for one and breast for the other, so I have a single My Brest Friend pillow which I am happy with but it was also suggested to me that the best twin breast feeding pillow is a piece of rectangular foam from Clark Rubber cut with a half circle out of one long side so it fits around you and basically becomes a bit of a 'table' for you to rest the babies on. You can get it as large as you want and just put a sheet over it rather than a fancy cover and use pillows/cushions under each side to support it if you need it.
Agree re a swing ..... it is great but only 1 of my twins likes it. The other twin uses a Fisher Price 'Infant and Toddler Rocker' which vibrates. This is also handy as it can be put in a fixed horizontal position very much like a mini bed.
I have been doing a mixture of BF'ing, formula and expressing and would encourage everyone to do whatever mix of the 3 suits you. Speaking of Expressing though, I started in hospital which meant the twins also started bottles as well as breast in hospital and it worked perfectly - they move between the 2 without batting an eyelid. I then rented the same double pump (Medela Symphony) from the Multiple Birth Association ($25 per month) which was much cheaper than buying one ($500 odd) or renting from chemists/suppliers. I would recommend an electronic double pump rather than a single or a manual one - far more efficient. I also bought a 'bra' that allows me to be hands free when using the pump. Even if I only pump for 15mins that 15mins is great for eating, checking emails or bottle feeding a baby laying either side of me (I have been known to do the 1am feed in 30 mins flat incl expressing this way).
What else can I suggest ? Do some research on feeding on demand versus on a routine. My twins were in the Special Care Nursery for 3 weeks so the midwives there just set them up on a routine from day 1 which I continued when we got home. I didn't realise how good this was until I started to talk to friends who had single babies and fed on demand. While I am sleep deprived it isn't horrendous and I at least know when the twins will next expect food and when I can expect to have them asleep at least for a couple of hours (has allowed me to get a relative/friend to watch them for an hour or 2 so I could run to the shops, get a pedicure, or simply sleep).
Oh and re Formula - does everyone know about the Nutricia Multiple Birth Club ? If you join (and are happy to use either NAN or Aptimal Formulas) you can buy bulk formula at about 40% off retail and it is delivered to your door. You will need a letter from either your midwife or Peadiatrician saying you have twins and that you need to use formula. It was the midwives at the hospital that told me about it all and gave me the application form. My Pead knew all about it and gave me the letter less than 24hours later. I was given the application etc in hospital.
Good luck everyone getting close !