I know I don’t usually write informative posts on the topic of twins or any other parenting issues. But this one I think is just enough not with conventional thinking for it to fit in here with the rest of my sassy pants opinions.
1) It can be done. Now this is not to say that it can be done by everyone. Just like not everyone can play in the NBA. But anyone who wants to, and is medically able to lactate should never, and I mean never, pay any mind to any one that says you can’t.
2) It can be done exclusively. If you so choose. Just like the WNBA, everybody’s got a dream. Even if it is your ever so adorable Harry Potter look a like pediatrician that seems to have all the parent friendly answers. But this one. I here by give you permission to
laugh in his face chuckle just the slightest bit when he hands you formula samples and says, “How long do you really plan to try to keep up?”
3) It can be done in combination. And by this I mean in combination with pumping, formula, going back to work, going out to get your nails done, and taking care of an additional two year old. If you need to tote a few bottles of pumped milk, or formula, to the park so you can be sure getting home without a screaming baby is in everyone’s future, then do it.
4) It takes pints of ice cream. Or at least the caloric equivalent. To the tune of one thousand extra calories a day to exclusively breastfeed twins. So be sure to pack in the snacks. We’re talking whole milk, meats, nuts, avocados, and other nutritionally robust food choices to meet the needs of those little bundles of trouble.
5) It is not easy. I nursed all four of my kids. So I can’t really say which is easier formula or breast. But I do know from breastfeeding my twins that it involves a bit of a lifestyle commitment. I committed to nursing just about everywhere and anywhere public or not. And a hypoallergenic diet. Because one of my twins was sensitive to somewhere in the ballpark of nine different food categories that I enjoyed eating.
6) There are rewards. Now neither of those two little juniors is going to mention your breasts when they become valedictorian at their high school graduation. But you are going to lose your baby weight faster. Have to wash fewer bottles. Lose less sleep in the middle of the night when a screaming baby can much more easily find your boob than warm its own bottle. And there is always the extra ice cream you’re entitled to! See #4 if you missed that one.
7) It is never perfect. Many twins run into breastfeeding problems. And many moms give up because of these problems. The most common being premature birth and low birth weight. The hospitals answer to both of these problems is usually a bottle of formula. It gets the kids fed, and fat asap. But it also teaches them that bottles are easier than boobs. This problem is common and can be fixed. The help of a Lactation Consultant is a good bet with this one.
8) You know what? I’m going to leave it at this. If you’ve got, or are expecting twins, you need your rest. So go take a nap!
And let me know if there is anything I left out.