Breastfeeding Class

Today we’re at 32 weeks, 3 days and we attended a class on breastfeeding that was offered by Molly’s health insurance company. This class was actually quite helpful for both Molly and me. Of course, most of the information was geared towards those having singletons, not twins. I think the whole baby-led breastfeeding idea is great, but you can’t exactly do that with two babies…unless you do it one at a time, in which case you would be breastfeeding literally all the time. It’s already going to feel like all the time. The class also covered various breastfeeding positions, normal newborn feeding and elimination patterns, and types of pumps available.

One thing I learned that was rather surprising to me was that they don’t recommend introducing a bottle (even a bottle full of pumped breast milk) until at least four weeks old. I understand why they say that, as some babies develop “nipple confusion” (aka bottle preference), because it is just plain easier to suck milk from a bottle, even if the nipple is labeled slow-flow. Still, that’s rather disappointing to me, because – call me crazy – I was/am looking forward to participating in the feeding process. Sure, I still plan to do that after four weeks old, but not being able to give them bottles at first means that they have to actually be at the breast every 2-3 hours for four weeks! I was hoping to be able to give Molly some kind of break before then. I guess my role in “helping” with breastfeeding will initially be just bringing the babies to her, getting her food and water, and some of the more non-glamorous jobs like burping and diapers.

2 responses to “Breastfeeding Class

  1. Ethan,
    Don’t get discouraged! We had our twins at 28 weeks, they initially got bottles in the NICU. Once we got home, we did both bottle and breast for awhile, then graduated to breast only with 1 bottle a day. You and Molly always have that option. Babies have a way of adapting. If you and Molly agree to it, then I say, enjoy the ride and you both can participate! I would recommend having Molly do breast only though … so they know Mama = breast only, Daddy = bottles. Just a thought.
    (Molly’s friend)

  2. Ethan,
    You can also set up an SNS (supplemental nursing system) like the nurses use in the NICU – attach a 30cc syringe (with breastmilk) to thin tubing (maybe 8F or 10F), drape the tubing around your neck, and let the baby nurse on your finger and the end of the tubing. This way you can also get the skin-to-skin benefits and the bonding (eye contact) inherent in breastfeeding.

    KC Bly, RN CNM NP

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