Breastfeeding twins when you don't produce

by Cyndi Kellem

I had every intention of solely using breast milk for my twins. Unfortunately, I developed pre-ecampsia and had to go in for an emergency c-section at 33 weeks.

I was on magnesium prior to the c-sect to control any seizures I might have and I believe that completely slowed my breast milk production. I did not get very "full" and because they were preeemies, I had to pump exclusively at first. The nurses at the NICU suggested because I was not really producing enough to give two babies completely, I could mix it half breast milk half formula for each one for each feeding. That worked really well while they were in the NICU, and I continued to do that for the first three months of their lives.

I didn't feel too badly that I couldn't actually breastfeed at the time. It felt more important to know how much they were getting, so putting it into bottles just felt more right. I did miss that closeness I anticipated throughout my pregnacy, but to be honest, I was so tired I think that magnified any emotions. I did do "kangaroo care" and think that also inspired a closeness with my twins.

Looking back, I am glad I did breastfeed, and I really feel I did the best I could and made the best of a bad situation by supplementing the way I did. I also insisted on only feeding one baby at a time. It was my intention that this would be our one-on-one time and, whether bottle or breast, it is an amazing bonding time with your babies.

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