Not how I pictured it

by Heather
(Whitman, Massachusetts)

I have a four-year-old son who I breastfed exclusively for 13 months. When I found out I was having twins, I was so excited and never even contemplated not breastfeeding them....in fact, I was excited to nurse both of them. Well, things of course never go as planned.

I went into labor at 27 weeks. They were able to stop it but at 27 weeks and 5 days, there was no stopping those babies. My son weighed 2.12 lbs. and my daughter was 2.14 lbs. My son had quite a few complications and it was a month before I was even able to attempt to breastfeed.

I breastfed both of them once a day while they were in the NICU and because they were so small they needed to have calories added to their breastmilk, which meant bottlefeeding. They are seven months old now, and now that they no longer need the added calories, neither one is interested in breastfeeding. They prefer the bottle.

I have tried and tried and will continue to try until they are a year old. Until then, I will continue to pump every 2-3 hours every day so that they can have the breast milk which is so good for them despite how much I hate being chained to a pump! I miss that one-on-one special connection, but I know that we can develop that connection in other ways!

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