Breastfeeding at the same time???
Breastfeeding Twins at the same time - Fiona's Experience.
I always wanted to breast-feed my twin fraternal boys when they were born and researched all my options via several websites and advice from other twin mums on how to do it. However what I wasn’t prepared for was the pain and how hard it would be.
One of my boys got straight into it - no teaching required. The other needed some gentle persuasion through continuous prompting to learn how to breast feed. I regularly discussed with friends and family at how much more painful it was than I expected and got to the stage that if I made one more breast-feed I was pleased with myself. However I truly wanted to continue until they were at least 6 months old. After a couple of months, several trips to the doctors and the Breast Feeding Help Centre at the hospital, it eventuated that both the boys had thrush in their mouths and I had it on my nipples. Once treated I couldn't believe what a fantastic feeling breast feeding was. In hindsight I wish I had trusted my instincts that something wasn’t right and it had nothing to do with the 'attachment' being incorrect. I was very fortunate with having too much milk supply (so I did have some issues with leaking and blocked ducts) but this seemed an easier issue to deal with than the other mums that produced a limited amount.
I had also intended on feeding the boys at the same time mainly due to time pressures. In the end I found the experience much more enjoyable to feed them separately. It may take longer but it gives me one-on-one time with them and I can concentrate better on seeing to their different needs. They are now 7 months old and I have surprised myself by having no intention on stopping yet. Breast-feeding has become like grabbing a glass of water for me. I’m discreet in public but its become such second nature I couldn’t imagine the hassle of preparing Formula bottles. That said early on we did introduce bottles with expressed milk as I did not want to ever be in the situation that someone else couldn’t feed them. Even though the majority of the time they are fed on the breast they have no trouble adapting to a bottle if need should be (it also lets dad have a go which he likes).