Re: Breastfeeding Twins
Welcome, mama! Before we start in with advice, can you post your babies' weight history for us? Birth weight, lowest weight, weight at each check-up. That will help us judge whether or not there's truly an issue that requires supplementing, or whether your doc just has you working your tail off for no reason. Also, can you tell us how breastfeeding is going for you? Is it comfortable to nurse, and how do the babies do at the breast? Do they feed actively, or do they doze off quickly?
I can understand your desire to have the babies on a schedule, but believe me when I say that breastfeeding and schedules do not mix! Scheduled feedings almost always result in miserable, hungry babies who don't understand why they have to wait to eat, a miserable mom who feels like she must ignore her instinctive response to her babies' cries in order to stick to an artificial schedule, and a lowered milk supply. Milk is produced on a supply = demand basis, and if you restrict demand your body interprets that as a reason to reduce supply.
You're doing something truly amazing right now, and I know that it's incredibly hard work. Nursing one baby is immense work when everything is going perfectly. Nursing, pumping, and supplementing one baby is even harder. And multiply that work by two... You deserve a really big round of applause for making that happen! It will get easier, I promise.
Coolest thing my big girl said recently: "How can you tell the world is moving when you are standing on it?"
Coolest thing my little girl sang recently: "I love dat one-two pupples!"