Hi all are home now so thought would update with pics. Spent 4 nights in the end in hospital as one of the boys suffered with jaundice. Both doing really well, I'm breast feeding Lucas my bigger one but Isaac's really lazy and being only small is struggling breastfeeding. In the end i gave in and let the SCBU bottle feed just to get home. Im still trying and putting him to breast but he only feeds for 5 mins at most so i express mainly.
Did anyone else struggle with one twin breastfeeding? if so did they eventually get it when bigger or did you end up remaining bottle feeding? I dont mind bottle feeding but when doing one breast and the other bottle constantly on top of expressing its too hard to do both babies at the same time and feeding takes over an hour, they are only going 2 half-3 hour tops.
I hemorraged after the birth so spent the first day away from the boys getting blood transfusions and being generally out of it so this has made my milk come in slower but its all in now (ouch forgot that awful pain) and Isaac's still too lazy to suck so just think hes either too small and not strong enough or just generally lazy and wont ever be bothered?
Any tips is appreciated!!
Love them so much though, cant believe how lucky i am
Advice. My leading twin was breech and so had exactly the same problem with breastfeeding. The other was my best bf to date! Noah was sleepy for the first few days, very mucousy due to being breech and a section baby and after that was always slower to latch - he just didn't "get it". I came home with one breast feeder, one expressed breast milk, and with 2 older kids I found I was run ragged with expressing, feeding and bottle feeding. You can perservere with the poor feeder, but it can get frustrating - eventually they do catch on and you can then tandem feed or do one after the other. Personally I switched to exclusive expressing and bottle so that I got some time with my older kids.
The main thing is to find a method which suits you and your needs hun. I too heamorrhaged after the twins and felt quite poorly for a few weeks - i just muddled thru initially trying to ensure I rested as much as possible. With my first I drove myself crazy with the whole BF issue, but with the twins I accepted I couldn't sit and feed for hours, didn't try to make Noah take to the breast, and felt quite comfortable with expressing and went with it. If you don't have other kids, then you might try persevering for a few weeks more - poor BF do get better with practice. Also, as your baby recovers from the birth and gets stronger, he will have the motivation to work harder at the breast. Bottle feeding is easier for him, and in my experience boys are often content to go for the easier option
I agree with Lizzie. A mum is SCN with me had onw twin that just couldn't get the hang of the breast, it just tired her out way too much, so she did the expressing then bottle feeding but it just go too much for also, it was running her down. So seh actually decided to continue breasting the one that was fantastic at it and formula fed the other one. It has worked for her. She didn't want to do the expressing constantly as that was also just tiring so she had one of each.
You don't want to tire the little one out, he will be using up his calories and too much energy.
Either stick with what your doing (but I think you will wear yourself out) or do what Lizzie suggest and express for both or do what this lady did and have one of each. In the end you need to worry about yourself also, it's only early days and you don't want to burn yourself out.
Boys are generally lazier like lizzie said, the least amount of effort they need to put in, the happier they are LOL.
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