When I had Travis, 8 years ago, I had no idea breastfeeding required work. I seriously thought it just happened. I didn’t take a class or even do any research. After a long labor and dramatic delivery, Travis was slow to latch on but I was told that was normal. He latched a few times at the hospital before we went home and that was that. I got home and had a starving, screaming baby. We fed him a bottle of formula and he was happy! The next day we met with a lactation consultant who declared I had no milk. I was devastated. I was isolated, had no real community of peers to reach out to, and was young. I suffered for the first 4 months of Travis’ life with depression. So you might understand why when we became pregnant with Cole I made the decision to not even attempt breastfeeding.
Fast forward to when I became pregnant with Grayson. Everything had changed. We lived in a new town where I had formed real connections. I was so much more versed in all things motherhood and I was certain of who God was and that He is faithful and answers even the most far-fetched prayers. Nick and I decided that I would try breastfeeding again. I nourished that little chunk for the first 15 months of his life and it was truly my greatest honor.
So… when I became pregnant with the twins I knew I could and wanted to breastfeed them. I had some concerns. How would I have enough supply for 2 babies when at one point in my life I was told I had no milk? How do you even feed two babies? Would I have to pump (I loathe pumping)?
Breastfeeding the twins has not been as easy as it was with Grayson. Gabriel’s latch was initially very shallow and Emily’s was super aggressive. Tandem nursing was straight up excruciating but every expert said it was the best way to get the babies on a schedule that would save my sanity. Then there was the weight loss. In the first two weeks, the babies kept losing weight. We were very close the“failure to thrive” benchmark according to the pediatrician. But I persevered, trusted my body and most of all my God. I listened as the Holy Spirit prompted me to only nurse one baby at a time and worry about schedules later. Before long the babies were gaining weight like crazy, their latches both improved and now we almost exclusively tandem nurse. I never had to supplement with formula. And they each even have little chunk rolls. Nothing makes my heart happier. I’ll nurse them as long as they want and I’ll cherish every single second of it. It’s a part of their story and a part of mine.
One of the reasons I know I have been successful is because I set myself up for success both with Grayson and with the twins. I did my research, I had the right products to boost my supply and I had the right tribe surrounding me and cheering me on. Here is a list of things I could not have lived without on my breastfeeding journey:
- Eco Chic’s Breastfeeding ebook
- Earth Mama Nipple Cream
- Galactic Gold
- Fennel & Basil Essential Oils
- ThinkSport insulated water bottle
- RX bars (cause to feed 2 babies you gotta eat a LOT)
- Raw Milk – did you know raw milk actually boosts milk supply?
We would be honored to help you with your breastfeeding journey so come in, comment below, email us, or DM us on social media! We are also hosting a Breastfeeding Class taught by Tamra Heald, CLC on March 24. Cost is $30 per couple. Sign up here.