Hi! I'm a first time mom of twin boys born at 38 weeks (full term!) on May 7 and May 8, 13-1/2 hours apart; they're 4 weeks old now. I know the advice is to BF within the couple of hours of delivery. Because I was still in labor with the second baby my first baby didn't nurse until his brother arrived. The only bonding I was able to do with baby 1 was skin to skin while I was still in labor. I feel like it delayed our bonding and stunted my milk. And I had some random infection after while still in the hospital which made me exhausted and made it difficult to nurse.
Baby 1 lost 12% of his 6.3 birth weight and baby 2 lost 10% of his 7.2 birth weight; baby 2 had some high jaundice and their ped was fine with BF but we also wound up supplementing formula in the hospital to get their weights up and flush out the jaundice; we are still supplementing. (We're probably at 85% milk, 15% formula.) The advice I got from the hospital LC to increase supply was to pump, pump, pump 8 to 12 times a day with a minimum goal of 6 times a day, so we rented hospital grade machine and I feel like now all I do is pump, though I've never been able to fit in more than 6 pumps a day with the need to sleep and feed myself. I don't feel like my supply is boosted and now they're taking more at each feeding (100mls each!) and am concerned I'll never be able to catch up to their need.
I BF either one of them maybe once a day. I feel really guilty that I'm missing out on the bonding and find when I nurse one it's so easy. (I've tried tandem and am not sure I'm coordinated enough to do it on my own.) But if I nurse them one at a time then that's all I'd do all day and frankly, at 3 am it's nice to have my husband in their room with me, feeding one of them.
So, I'm looking for advice on how to boost supply as well as strategies for efficiently nursing them throughout the day and would I still need to pump to boost supply? Maybe I switch them off during the day? Nurse one and bottle feed milk to the other? Thank you for your help/advice.