✨✨MAMASHARE✨✨”This is me, 5 months into my twin nursing journey! It's been such a crazy ride; so much more challenging than my first baby, whom I nursed until she was 2 without too much trouble. This time around, I feel like we've hit every possible bump in the road. They were a month early and their birth was long and hard, landing me in the maternal ICU and them in the NICU. Their doctors insisted on formula supplementation. Then I struggled to latch them, since they were only 4 and 5 pounds.
I quickly found myself exclusively pumping and struggling with supply. My efforts to boost supply were (very!!) successful and ended up resulting in over supply issues. Then we nursed with a nipple shield for almost 2 months. I finally got them straight on the breast and was hit with thrush and mastitis! Every challenge was devastating in the moment but I knew how joyful and convenient and special nursing was, so I persevered.
What I really want to say to other moms on their nursing journey is: it's ok. Wherever your journey looks like--supplementing, exclusively pumping, using a nipple shield, whatever--it's ok. Breastfeeding isn't all or nothing, but if you want the "all" then keep persisting, ask for help, and just KNOW you'll get there. I have hit so many bumps in the road, but I held on and didn't give up. Here we are at 5 months, finally pain free, nursing straight on the breast, with an abundant (but not too abundant!) supply. I am so amazed that I can feed two humans at once. What a gift. I appreciate my body more than I ever have before.” @lepetitchou