Before I became pregnant, I knew I wanted to breastfeed. The benefits are amazing for the baby and not bad for yourself either as well as giving you bonding time with your baby. When I found out I was pregnant with twins, I did my research. I downloaded articles of what women with twins did to produce enough milk for their babies, I pinned lactation recipes, and I had herbal supplements that were given to me from a friend. I was determined to breastfeed until the girls were at least 6 months old.
Our first night home, I didn’t produce enough milk for them. They wanted to eat at least every half hour. I was sobbing from exhaustion, so from my mom’s suggestion, Adler ran to the store to pick up formula. The next day I started taking the herbal supplements and started pumping. They absolutely helped! From my research of what other women experienced, pumping every 2 hours along with feedings will help increase your production. Over the next week of this, I was producing enough milk for a few days.
I began exclusively pumping and feeding from a bottle because my girls wanted to pay attention to everything else and I didn’t have the patience to keep trying to get both of their attentions. Not long after, my girls started eating more than I could produce, so we started feeding formula at night and breastmilk during the day.
At this point, I was starting to change my diet because their little tummies couldn’t handle me drinking milk or eating eggs. I drink a lot of milk and loved eggs (I can’t eat them anymore…thanks pregnancy). I didn’t have time to cook myself good meals. I was sleep deprived, learning how to take care of babies, my body was still in a lot of pain ( my back was killing me from losing the 14+ lbs of babies that were inside me), juggling babies, and let’s be honest…I didn’t want to.
I noticed after a while that I had felt like I constantly had a cold. I had body aches and the level of exhaustion where you only want to lay in bed and sleep all day. I realized that it had to do with breastfeeding. I started to change how often I was pumping. I figured that as long as my girls were getting some milk from me, I would be happy and they would be getting what they needed. Pumping every 4 hours was still a lot for my body to handle, so I decided to stop altogether. It was a tough and expensive decision, but I started to feel more normal again. I breastfed them for 2 1/2 months. I don’t regret my decision at all. I did what was best for me and the girls. In the end, you have to make the right decision for yourself. You don’t want to feel like a failure and you want to give your babies the best, but your babies need you at your best too.