supply and demand

11 Jan

breast feeding twins is hard.

and i have had a rough go of it. when the wigglers were born virtually everyone who entered my room told us there would be a delay in my milk coming in due to c-section, twins, delivering at 37 weeks, major blood loss and super low iron. so i wasn’t overly surprised. the wigglers latched with minimal issues and cindy lou who seemed determined to make my milk come in.  i am definitely getting more accustomed to it and i love being able to feed my babies. after experiencing rapid weight loss in the hospital the lactation consultant and the pediatrician both suggested adding a bit of formula. baby health was more important to me than the wigglers exclusively getting breast milk so we started finger feeding (with a syringe and your finger in their mouths). and weight started holding a bit more steady. upon discharge we were told to go for a weight check at the pediatricians the next day. and so began the parade of weight checks. tuesday. thursday. friday. monday. tuesday. and the following wednesday. more weigh ins than contestants on the b.iggest l.oser! eventually the wigglers started to gain at an acceptable pace. nothing like constant attention on the inability of your boobs to produce enough to make you feel like you aren’t really winning at this parenting thing… i keep trying to up my supply. i tandem feed, then i supplement with an ounce of formula, and then i pump. repeat 8-12x a day. i had always planned to pump so m and hook could bond and assist with feeding. admittedly though its not easy to find time to do it. and it doesn’t always yield much in the way of results. i am taking fenugreek and drinking mother’s milk tea. not sure they are helping but i am willing to try whatever. the concept of supply and demand makes sense  in theory. after three weeks i would have thought it would be getting easier. most days though i’m just not sure its working so well. i am holding on to the hope that i can make this happen!

 

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2 Responses to “supply and demand”

  1. lis 6 TueUTC2011-01-11T20:30:10+00:00UTC01bUTCTue, 11 Jan 2011 20:30:10 +0000 2009 at 8:30 PM #

    any drop they are getting is wonderful! don’t get down on yourself, you are doing an amazing job, my friend.

    xoxo
    lis

  2. Defining Family 6 WedUTC2011-01-12T18:40:41+00:00UTC01bUTCWed, 12 Jan 2011 18:40:41 +0000 2009 at 6:40 PM #

    Keep up the amazing work and I’ll be sending lots of it will happen vibes! Been thinking about you all lots.

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