Golden Boobie Award Goes To…Posted: March 7, 2011 Filed under: Uncategorized 5 Comments »
I have breastfeed the twins for 11 months. And when I say I have breastfeed the girls for 11 months, I mean it. They hardly had any supplementation from formula (less than one cans worth in 11 months). There were times when I wanted to throw in the towel and just be done with breastfeeding, but I persevered and here we are- 11 months later.
I think one of the driving forces that kept me breastfeeding for as long as I did was the convenience factor. I did not have to prep, make, and wash bottles. I did not have to mix and warm formula. I did not have to worry about holding two bottles for two different babies at the same time. Have you tired to feed two infants bottles at the same time? I don’t find it easy. I know a lot of twin and triplet moms feed their kids bottles at the same time, but I just could not get that skill down. The milk ended up spilling all over them. One of the girls would scream while I tired to get the other one feed. It was a disaster. So breastfeeding was just simpler. I used a twin nursing pillow. Put them on the pillow and feed them at the same time- about 10-15 minutes later they were done. No mess, No prep, No clean up…Just done 🙂
But here is the catch… I did not do bottles very often. Anna gets a bottle every night before she goes to bed with daddy while I breast feed Molly. I did this because I don’t have enough milk to satisfy them both at that feeding. Now, Molly refuses a bottle all together. My mother-in-law has watched the girls a few times recently for me and Molly refuses her bedtime bottle and just went to sleep without that feeding. I tired last night and she did the same for me, even after 5 different bottles/ sippy cups. AHHHHH!!!!
I wanted to start the process of weaning the girls because they are going to be one in a month. But at this rate, I might be breastfeeding until they are they are 18. Okay, not that long, but I am so scared that they are never going to wean.
So if there are any moms out there who had kids who gave them trouble weaning and taking a bottle or sippy cup, please share your advice. I am glad I made it this far with breastfeeding, but I am ready to be done.
Girl, you DO deserve an award!!! I am so proud of you for breastfeeding those girls for this long.
As far as weaning troubles go, I struggled with Lee (didn’t get him weaned until he was 18 months old). I was able to cut out all but one of the nursing sessions, but the bedtime one was the hardest. When we skipped it, Lee would wake up around 2 AM. So, I established a little routine of sitting on the couch and eating a banana together at 2 AM! I have such sweet memories of those brief times together; they lasted for a couple of weeks, and finally Lee began sleeping through the night.
C was never into bottles, & she transitioned to whole milk just fine. She just stopped getting that “before bed” milk. Will she drink from a sippy at all? I ended up stopping because I was on a med for pneumonia that couldn’t be in BM (otherwise we’d probably still be into it!) she LOOOOVED nursing, but she actually stopped very easily. Daddy did bedtime routine for a few days, then we are done!
Congrats on bfing for so long! You’re my hero!!
Congratulations!!! Some moms can’t get that far one kid, let alone two!!
I agree…. congratulations on that feat!! I’m still trying to get past the fact that they’ll be a year old next month! Just relax sweetie. If she is hungry enough she will take a bottle. And I’m thinking she sure isn’t going to starve. 😉 Nursing is probably more of a comfort to her at that feeding than a need to eat. If it still worries you, maybe Chris could try giving them both a bottle at the same time and with her seeing Anna peacefully taking the bottle, she may do it, too. LOVE TO ALL OF YOU!! xoxox
Thanks for all the support and ideas. Molly will drink out a straw cup if it is water, but not if it is milk. I am just praying that something will click! I am going to try out the suggestions you all recommended.