I fully believe in comfort nursing. I know it’s completely natural and important for the milk supply, and I’m very thankful that my 9-week-old babies love the breast so much. The problem is, I have twins and I’ve never found a comfortable tandem feeding position. They all either hurt my back, my hands, or my shoulders too much to do for more than a few minutes. I have the Brest Friend twins pillow and I try new positions every day, but haven’t found one that I can sustain for hours in front of the TV during the evening fusses. Also, my babies want to be on the breast nearly 24 hours a day, including at night. We cosleep and I switch back and forth ALL NIGHT LONG to keep them happy, but it isn’t enough and I don’t think I can keep it up much longer. I tried “biological nursing” on a pile of pillows at night, but their little heads flop around too much and the three of us couldn’t get comfortable.
They gave up their pacifiers at five weeks. They had thrush and I think that’s why. They’ve been spitting them out ever since. When my husband is home in the evening, he can usually sooth them with a lot of rocking, holding, and/or skin-to-skin and they like their swings pretty well when I’m alone with them. But they still suck on their hands and cry a lot of the time. Nursing is the only way they can fall asleep most of the time.
On top of this, I go back to work on Monday. My husband is taking a couple of months off work to care for them. After that, they will start day care. Any tips for soothing babies who want to be on the breast but can’t? Is there a way to help them feel comforted by the pacifiers again? Is there a special type of pacifier that is more like the breast? I’d guess that this phase won’t last a whole lot longer. 9 weeks is one of the big stages for fussing and comfort nursing, correct?