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    Default No supply for 6 months old twins

    I know it is not a new topic but when I read other posts I was really depressed. My current milk supply does not exceed 2 oz per day (pumping 3 to 4 times a day). Others complain about getting only 9 oz !!!! This is a dream come true to me.My twins used to nurse side by side with formula till they reached 3 months old. Then they completely refused my breasts. Family and friends adviced my to stop. I tried my best to pump but I did not get any support so my pumping sessions were far apart and for less time. When I talked to my husband about what it means to me to continue breasetfeeding and need his support he started help but now he and other family members and friends tell me it is too late. They are 6 months now. Is this true ?

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    Default Re: No supply for 6 months old twins

    Maybe the mod of this board can move you over to multiples where you will get great advice from Karen Gromada, author of Mothing Multiples.

    Until then,
    1- how long and how often does each baby nurse?
    2- what kind of pump are you using
    3- how often do you pump
    4- have the pump parts been "fitted" to you?
    5- what are your goals with bf'ing
    6- what kind of support do you have

    Angi - mother of 18 mos old twins

    Edited to say - I just saw that you posted in multiples too.
    I will copy my response


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    Default Re: No supply for 6 months old twins

    Hi All,
    Thanks for your replies. I was desperate in finding support that I have posted in 4 diffrent forums
    - Breastfeeding multiples
    - Pumping
    - Increasing your milk
    - Work and breastfeeding

    I want to add one more thing. I am really considering getting an electric pump. The brands available

    near to where I live is
    a-Medella
    b-EvenFlo
    c-Nuk
    Does anyone have a recommendation ?

    Now for your questions
    1- how long and how often does each baby nurse?
    They nurse every 2.5-3 hours during they day. They sleep for about 7 continous hours during the

    night. They need about 4 oz per nursing. I have started solids about 3 weeks ago but they only take

    about 5-7 spoons (once a day)

    2- what kind of pump are you using
    I have used a couple of manual inexpensive pumps but they seemed to be messy so I have read

    about ways to express milk by hand. It stated out fine with me but then my babies started being so

    demanding so my pumping became more and more irregular. I am really considering getting an

    electric pump. The brands available near to where I live is
    a-Medella
    b-EvenFlo
    c-Nuk
    Does anyone have a recommendation ?

    3- how often do you pump
    I have started pumping every 3 hours for about 20 minutes (10 minutes each breast) but usually it

    was after they were formula fed. I did not pump during night. Sometimes a day pass without

    pumping. Now I pump every 4 hours and I get 0.5 oz per time I do not pump during night.

    4- have the pump parts been "fitted" to you?
    I now express milk using my hand. But as I said I am seriously considering getting an electric pump.

    5- what are your goals with bf'ing
    - to have healthier babies
    - I want to feel connected to my babies.It is so depressing not to hold them to my breast.
    I want them to get back to my breast not just drink my milk from a bottle but now I will settle for

    anything.

    6- what kind of support do you have
    If you mean emotional support as I said no one understands how it feels to stop breastfeeding not my

    husband nor close family members and friends. As for physical support it is hard to get as all family

    members and friends have full time jobs ( I myself work as freelance programmer)

    What do you recommend ?

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    Default Re: No supply for 6 months old twins

    The Medela pumps are the best of what you've listed. It's the only one on your list that isn't made by a company that also makes formula.
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    Default Re: No supply for 6 months old twins

    I just posted you in the Relactation section. See me over there. Please private message me if you like. I will be happy to help you. I have been there! You need support! You can do this!
    Mama to 2 wonderful girls (nursed 3 yrs.) and twin boys born 12/30/05 (stuck on the SNS due to pallate issues discovered very late) Thankful though that at least at the breast.

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