I have 6 month old twin boys whom I have been exclusively breastfeeding since birth. Up until a few weeks ago all was going swimmingly. I was always fighting supply (had to be diligent about pumping exactly the amount of expressed breastmilk they were fed etc.) but was hanging in there. They're huge so I can only assume they were getting enough. They were feeding on demand every 2 or 3 hours and were eating 3 or 4 times each during the night for 5 months.
Then I reached my breaking point and comforted them through feeding times during the night and eventually did the evil cry it out. I just couldn’t keep up with the nightly feedings. 6 times a night is a lot.. Until that point I was sleeping with one or the other of them just to make life easier. I was also advised by every twin mom out there that I was an idiot for not having them on a schedule. So I tried that too. Every 3.5 hours. And all of this ended up in a big, guilty disaster i.e. a substantial supply drop.
Since they go to bed at 7 I generally spend much of the evening pumping. So during the day they get the breast, what I pumped the night before (17 oz or so) and about 12 ounces out of the freezer. The only time they don't get topped off, so to speak, is after the morning feeding. And then I nurse them at 7 and again at 8:30 before their nap.
We go the pediatrician tomorrow so I assume we'll be starting with solids after that. Do you think this will help me get back to exclusive breastfeeding? We're going on vacation in 3 weeks and I can't even imagine bringing all these bottles. And the hospital grade pump certainly can't travel (I do have a PIS). So I'm desperate to fix this in a hurry. Another obstacle is our 2 year old. I try to spend as much time with him as possible. So spending a few days in bed breastfeeding the little guys really isn't an option. Unless it's my only choice, of course.
I suffered through the really dark days of breastfeeding newborn twins and I hate to quit when it's getting more pleasurable for us all.
I feed them one at a time (never could master the both at the same time thing) and drink 3 or 4 cups of Mother's Milk tea a day (and have been from the beginning).
Any suggestions? I would be really devastated if this were the end. The topping off thing is a very slippery slope and my frozen stash is nearly depleted. I just bought some organic formula but am desperate not to use it.
Help! I was planning on going another 6 months AT LEAST!
Thanks in advance for your help.