This is officially the longest I’ve breastfed any of my children. With each of my previous four I’ve had to wean before I was really ready. With my first I made it four months before introducing a bottle undermined our efforts. With my second, only two months – then returning to work made it almost impossible to keep going. With my third I managed to go for a full eight months, then when I returned to college I introduced a bottle and she was weaned shortly after. I was dedicated to breastfeeding baby number four for at least a year, maybe the first two – but I became pregnant with the twins when she was only five months old and my body could not keep up.
But as of this past Sunday I’ve been breastfeeding the twins exclusively for nine full months!
During our first six months, it took total dedication to establish our breastfeeding relationship and my milk supply. Since then breastfeeding has been a lot easier.
The twins began eating solids at six months. They still receive about 80% of their nourishment from my milk. They’re growing big and strong. And I’m shrinking! I weighed 264 right before I had the twins. Taking into consideration the 15 pounds of babies (each twin weighed 7.7) as well as the weight of the placentas, fluid, and natural pregnancy gain – I’ve lost 90 pounds since I gave birth – about 50 of that was all me! I only have 20 more to lose to get back to my “before-six-kids” size.
I still breastfeed on demand. The twins eat three meals and a few snacks.
And they’re growing into these adorable, fun, wonderful little kids! David is sweet and cuddly, very out-going and adventurous. Harmony can be more thoughtful, calculating, quirky and completely funny.
It’s been wonderful. There have been rough spots, times when I would have been more than happy to give up and give them formula. My body is up for grabs right now – I’m available 24/7 for feedings. But the three of us are healthier for it.
I’m committed to feeding past the first year, closer to their second. It’s hard work – but I wouldn’t change a thing.
I’m so thankful we’ve made it this far, and with God’s help – we’ll make it another year.