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    @cjocoh71 Oh no, I am so terribly sorry to read your heartbreaking news. I can't imagine what you are going through right now. I wish there was something I could say to help or make things easier somehow. You and your partner are in my thoughts. Sending lots of love to both your precious bubs.

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    @cjocoh71 I can't even imagine what you are going through . Your poor little bubba, it breaks my heart. Hugs to you and your partner in this horrendous time x

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    @cjocoh71 I can't even imagine what you are going through . Your poor little bubba, it breaks my heart. Hugs to you and your partner in this horrendous time x

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    Hi everyone,

    I haven't posted since originally finding out we were expecting identical twins in mid May as sadly we've been on a roller coaster ride since being diagnosed with twin to twin transfusion syndrome and losing one of our baby girls. To be honest I haven't been reading many of these posts, but it's just dawned on me this is a great place to help others learn from our experience. I live in a small mining town in qld, and was under the care of a private ob in a larger regional town (which I thought was sufficient care for identical twins). I've since learnt that I was not using the best practice for prenatal care of identical twins. Please, I cannot stress it enough, if you are expecting identical twins you should be referred to an MFM (maternal Fetal medicine) dr from 12 weeks BEFORE anything goes wrong. These doctors are experts in their field and will be much better at picking up possible problems (including TTTS and TAPS) in the early stages and will give you the best chance of helping your babies. I'm qld these specialists are at the RBWH and Mater hospitals. If nothing else, if something goes wrong, and you are having trouble getting answers or action from your ob quickly (as in our case) you will have contact details for an expert to call. I realise I am in the minority in terms of statistics (most twin pregnancies will be uneventful) but when things go wrong knowledge is power, and acting quickly is so important. Sorry about the long post 😁, if anyone needs more information just ask or search TTTS on Facebook, there are some amazing support groups there (I found them too late) with a wealth of information.

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    Hi @Busynow! Thanks for sharing. Sorry about your news.

    I am expecting twins and live in Central Qld too.

    I'm seeing an Ob in Bundy. Is this where you went?

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    Hi CherryCP, congratulations! No, I was seeing an ob in rocky. She never mentioned referring me to an MFM until we were diagnosed with TTTS, but once I got down to Brisbane it was my MFM who told me they like to see all identical twins so they can keep an eye on them. The Drs at MFM are highly trained so should pick up on any problems early, and then at least you have a great dr to call if you have questions. It is one of my biggest regrets that I didn't know this, as it was exactly a week after my scan picked up problems that I was seen in Brisbane. If I'd already seen an MFM I'm sure I could have rung them and been seen sooner, and it's so important to be seen ASAP with TTTS and TAPS. Best of luck to you, hopefully yours will be a smooth pregnancy. If I can be of any more help to you please just ask. 😊

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    Advice please twin mums - is it easier to feed both at once or stagger them? DP is going back to work shortly and with ours being bottle fed I'm wondering when I have to feed them on my own is it easier to put them in a twin pillow and feed together, or feed separately but then spend a lot more time feeding?

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    Julie - generally I find it easier & quicker to bottle feed both at the same time but it is NICER to sometimes do one at a time so you get some 1:1 time which each. Maybe you can do 1:1 when your husband is home at night and you can each do one while catching up on each other's day ??? BTW, when I do them together, I found the trick was to be organised and have everything ready to go before they realised they were hungry - it is much more pleasant to start feeding without them screaming at you !

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    @Busynow. Thanks for being so brave and sharing your experience and info. Xxxx

    @Julie. I definitely think feeding both together is more time efficient. You need all the time you can get for either sleep or doing stuff. I mostly bf, but I'm always sure to do both at the same time. If you demand feed you'll die trying, and will feed around the clock! Or take nearly double the time doing them separately. It took me a little while to get my head around doing both at the same time. Feeding, Burping and settIing with only one pair of hands? '! I asked others at my local MBA and got some tips, but mostly it's just practice!
    I've got 2 severe reflux twins and the past few weeks has been a special kind of hell. Twins would be enough, but reflux twins is just cruel to both the baby and the parents. We got to see a pediatrician this week who has ordered DH to take a week off and he's put us on a management plan so i can get some sleep and produce more milk. It's been so hard. I'm waiting for some sort of normality to kick in or for them to grow out of the reflux in about another month. If i make it! !
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    Wow that sounds like hell @MusicalGal ! Charlotte has just started taking twice as long to feed so if I did them separately I would spend most of the day stuffing around. I need to practice, practice, practice in the next week while DP is home and yes @Cathy69 i need to get organised beforehand or it will be traumatic for me as well as them !

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