I'm new to the forums, so here's my intro. I have 3 week old boy girl twins, who spent their first 9 days in the NICU feeding from bottles. Now we're home and still on bottles because I'm having trouble getting them on the breast. I've been pumping constantly and still having trouble pumping enough milk for both of them, so we've been supplementing with their preemie formula (2oz formula to 1 oz milk). I keep trying to put them to breast whenever they seem to be awake and patient enough, but we're still having tons of trouble. My baby girl does better than my boy, but she still gets super frustrated and gives up and starts screaming until I give her the bottle, so she'll only take maybe a half of her feeding at breast before giving up. My son is a lazy latcher, he knows how and wants to, some times. Most of the time he'd rather just lick my nipple than latch onto it. I have a nipple shield to use with him, and when I try using it he just wont take the nipple at all! He simply won't open his mouth. I know the only way to get my milk production up and have them take the breast full time is to keep putting them on as many times a day as I can, but I can't help but feel defeated right now. I feel that my body and babies are fighting the transition. I hate bottle feeding! I hate pumping! I've tried pumping until let down then putting them on and they still get frustrated and give up. Is there something else I could try to convince them that the breast is better than the bottle? I've been drinking Mother's Milk Tea as well to help get my supply up and although it's helping, I don't feel like it's helping enough. If the babies would take the breast I'd only be able to feed one a full feeding, or half and half. Is there any other supplement I could/should (maybe Fenugreek?) try to help my supply?
Thanks in advance, I need all the help I can get. And I can't afford to see the hospital LC's anymore.