Breastfeeding and Returning to Work
by Jocelyn Clark-Quiggle
We have an older daughter, so I was very familiar with breastfeeding and had done very well with her. But twins? How would this be possible?
The twins finally arrived and wonder of wonders--they latched on perfectly and breastfed from day one.
I was able to stay home for 3 months and breastfed them tandem for the most part. I found this to be easier and kept them on the same schedule. I also kept track of which breast and how long to make sure they were eating well.
Knowing that I would have to return to work, I began pumping immediately (after they ate). This helped my supply tremendously and I was able to produce plenty of milk.
Then, the dreaded day came for me to return to work. Of course, I also came down with Mastitis that very day. This was probably one of the most painful things I had to deal with. I literally had to bite down on a burp diaper when they latched on. It was then that I started to feed them separately.
I finally managed to "push through" the pain and continue to exclusively feed them breast milk with the help of pumping at work. They are now very fun 2 year olds and I wouldn't have changed a thing!!