Golden Boobie Award Goes To…Posted: March 7, 2011
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.