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Switching from bottle to breast
Icydanielle posted:
I gave birth to small, but healthy twins at 36 wks. gestation. I tried to breastfeed from the beginning but neither would even try to suck. They didn't have to spend any time in the NICU but we were in the hospital for 12 days due to low birth weight, and mild feeding issues. They started them immediately on bottles (feeding pumped breast milk once it came in) to help them start gaining weight as fast as possible, and even that took awhile for them to get down. Now they are 5 weeks old, and still doing great with the bottles, but it's really important to me that I breast feed, even if I supplement with a bottle too. Does anyone have any tips on how to do that? I try to get both to latch on but they just get frustrtated and give up.
kellyjgchamp responded:
I never got milk so I didn't have the option but as long as they are getting your milk, don't push it. I bonded with my preemie so much easier once I realized he was going to be fine. Kangaroo care (skin-to-skin contact) and bottle feeding can be just as rewarding. You are giving them so much just by giving them breastmilk. That was more than I was able to give and my DS and I couldn't be closer. Relax... if it's meant to happen, it will.
cheeezie25 responded:
I think it would be worth it to get advice from an LC. They can observe the twins latch and give you pointers and what not. I think latching issues tend to be easier to fix than supply issues. It may alo get easier with time (until they hit 4 months, then good luck lol), because they will grow stronger. I never fully transitioned to nursing only, nor did I have a schedule that allowed for that, but I have been able to nurse occasionally, and I do enjoy that bonding time. However, you will bond just as well with your twins if you bottle feed. HTH!
MopStick77 responded:
I also had twins but was never successful with breastfeeding. I guess it didn't help that they were preemies (29wks) with complications at birth & spent a long time in the NICU. I agree that you should get the help of an LC. Even though I wasnt able to use them, La Leche League came highly recommended from several people. You may try finding if they're in your area, their website is ... Good luck! :smile:
mrv77 responded:
I would def. talk to the lactation specialist from the NICU she might be able to give you some tips and help you out. I didnt have any luck with DD latching. She was born at 28 weeks. I pumped for 10 months :pbpt: It took a lot of dedication and I was ready to give up plenty of times but my DD kept me motivated.
bcmom1 responded:
I was able to get my DD to switch from bottle to breast. I wasn't able to start BFing her until she was 2 months old. I had to use nipple shields to get her to latch on. They were a big pain in the butt, but so worth it when I got to get rid of the nipple shields and just BF. Make sure you are trying when your babies are not extremely hungry, as that will just make them more angry. Try as often as you can, persistence really paid off for us. I was only able to BF for 5 months once we started because my supply never really came in and I had to go back to work. Best of luck to you!

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