Breastfeeding twins has been, by far, one of the most stressful and controversy invoking topics in my parenting journey. I went from being privately shamed for being a proud breastfeeding mother by a family member (at a mere 5 weeks postpartum) to "that lady" that proudly breastfeeds past the age of one and isn't embarrassed to nurse in public. The only thing I look back and regret about our journey is the fact that I did not empower myself enough about breastfeeding BEFORE the girls arrived. The information for breastfeeding twins is hard to find, and if you don't know what you are doing, what you do find is usually not easy to follow. In addition to being all about the babywearing, I am a HUGE advocate and supporter of breastfeeding! Unfortunately, I feel like a lot of my breastfeeding journey gets lost in the midst of all the fun stuff I post about, which is why I am thrilled to have had the chance to share a few of the main things I wish I would have known when I was still baking twincesses in my oven.
I hope you enjoy the latest post in my "Before the Babies" series featured in Baby Chakra! Please share with anyone you know that is expecting (twins or not) and help try to #normalizebreastfeeding again! One step at a time...
Breastfeeding Twins: 5 Must Knows!
If you try to breastfeed your twins, you won’t make it long.” Or my all time favorite, “You can’t breastfeed twins. It’s NOT possible.” These are the tales that new and expecting mothers of multiples (M.O.M.s) are often told. And to top it off, finding the information and support you need to be successful can sometimes be tougher than the journey itself. When it comes the topic of breastfeeding twins, it hits such a big chord for me. There is no manual for parenting, so I can’t “turn to page 17 to find the magic answer on ‘How to Calm Two Screaming Babies at Once’.” Unfortunately, it just doesn’t work like that. But with the right tools in your mommy toolbelt, and a good network of support to help back you up, you can find ways to make your parenting experiences a little more enjoyable and less stressful.
I knew even before I delivered the girls that I wanted to exclusively offer them breast milk, but pump so that Dad could enjoy feeding time too. And I was sure it was possible. 2 boobs 2 babies right? The problem was that in the beginning I didn’t know anyone who had experienced, or even knew about, breastfeeding twins. And the fact that I personally did not know ANYTHING about breastfeeding didn’t really help either. All I knew was that I HAD TO do it!
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