The breast feeding snuck up on me this time. If you had have told me when the twins were born 18 months ago that I would still be feeding them now, I would have laughed at you. I really would have.
The first 3 weeks of tandem feeding newborn twins were about the most horrendous weeks of my life. They fed every three hours, around the clock for up to 40 minutes at a time. By the time managed to squeeze into my prison cell (aka twin feeding pillow), feed them, change their nappies, burp them, have a cuddle and settle them into their cots, it was time to start again. It was awful. Plain awful. It felt like one very long day with a few 'naps' thrown in. Ground hog day.
I am obviously not feeding in this pic but this is the 'prison cell'
The feeding settled at about 3 months. The frequency didn't change, just the length of time it took; down to about 20 minutes. They each found a 'side' that they preferred so we went with that.
By four months, the Minx was only feeding in the day. Dew Drop continued to night feed until he was about 15 months old (boys and boobs!).
By six months, they were down to four quick (5-10 minute) feeds a day (with Dew Drop having his additional night feeds, of course).
By eight months, they were mostly feeding alone (no longer fitting on the twin breast feeding pillow). They took turns on who went first. It was quite amicable, most of the time.
By twelve months, it was only three feeds per day.
By fifteen months, I dropped all the day feeds and fed them first thing in the morning, and before bed at night. They fought for pole position, so I often ended up tandem feeding them again. Breast feeding became some sort of competition between them and they would often 'eye each other off' to make sure the other wasn't getting a better deal.
I attempted to wean them at 16 months. It was a failed attempt. Both babies were terribly upset and incredibly difficult. Feeds were recommenced and life returned to normal.
I thought I would just wait until they were 'ready'.
And now, at eighteen months, I am returning to work. I really need to drop the morning feeds so I can get out of the house.
The weaning started this morning, and it went pretty well. Dew Drop howled for 30 minutes or more, but eventually settled with a bowl of cereal and a cup of milk. The Minx took it in her stride, insisting on lots of cuddles, but not at all demanding.
So I have officially started. They definitely seem more ready than a couple of months ago but it will be an interesting road ahead.
About two weeks until body freedom. Pretty much the first time since July 2004 when I first fell pregnant with Nugget. I wonder how my boobs have fared all this time...
Have you had the pleasure of trying to wean an unwilling toddler (or two)? Any tips for me?
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