I posted this in the multiples forum before I realized this forum was here, so hopefully it's okay to post again...
I have been reading on and off here since about the middle or my pregnancy, but I believe this is my first time posting.
I'm a mom of nearly 2 month old twin boys (born at 35 1/2 weeks-- 5 lbs 4 oz and 4 lb 14oz). I've been breastfeeding since around the 2nd week (Liam spent some time in the NICU and Gavin just didn't "get" the breastfeeding right away--and I was really sick from delivery so needed to recover). They've been doing a pretty good job, except Gavin seems to have a small mouth and makes me a little bit sore, not opening wide enough.
The boys seem to be gaining good weight, however, even though it took my milk a full week to come in, once it did, I have a HUGE supply. At first they just gulped it down and finished the feed in 10 mins. They seemed satisfied, but spitty and a little gassy. Recently, though, my supply, especially on the left side has gotten huge and I have what seems to be an over supply problem. Liam is taking it so-so and still eating okay (sometimes getting ticked at the heavy letdown and refusing to eat long, but not ), however he had had major signs of reflux since birth. We've since gotten him on zantac and he seems to be much more comfortable (when he doesn't spit the medicine up before it has time to digest). Gavin, on the other hand has become very mad, especially at the left breast in the past couple of days. He is pulling off and it's spraying at him so I can see that the letdown is giving him a problem. He'll try a few times then just give up (having eatin for 5 mins or less). As a result is is seriously fussy and probably hungry. I've tried just letting it spray into a burp cloth and then relatching him, but the problem is, he has to eat for a while before the milk will slow down. I'm only pumping maybe a few times a week, juts to get a small stash going. I do not want to pump off the milk before he eats because all that will tell my body to do is produce more than I need.
I read this article on this site:
and that describes things to a T. (the ped had mentioned that it might be a milk protein allergy that was causing Liam's reflux, but I was not convinced, especially after I read this article)
The spraying, the (sometimes) greeny bm's, short gulping feeds, Liam is gaining weight REALLY fast (2 lbs in 2 weeks the last time!!)... The problem is, with twins, I don't know how I can tell my body not to produce so much! I can't do the method of letting one breast go for a while..because the other baby eats on it.
Previously, I hadn't been paying much attention to who feeds on what side, attempting to switch them at each feeding, but not worrying too much about it. I thought maybe I could try assigning one boy one breast per day, and keep switching. I started that yesterday and the seemed to eat a lot, however they slept great in the night, so I think they were a bit more satisfied (more hind milk i'm guessing). However, today, I have Gavin on the left and he will hardly eat on it...the milk just flows too fast. He tries a few times then just gets irritated and won't try anymore.
Has anyone ever dealt with this problem with twins?