…And the struggles that go along with it…
I am trying in vain to breastfeed two infants. I will admit, I am having problems with it.
It all started out fine and well with little Dylan. He latched quickly and was sucking like a champ. Riley had issues from the get-go. She got frustrated that I wasn’t producing much for her other than colostrum in the beginning, and once my milk started to come in she just wasn’t having it. Dylan started to get upset too. So I started using nipple shields along with a syringe of formula. They both would give 2 or 3 good sucks and then release their latch looking for the syringe.
I should tell you that I began supplementing both with formula right away because I wanted to make sure they were getting enough. Plus – ever BF one child? Try two…
Anyway, I wanted to wean them off formula but it seems like that’s all they want. They also like the texture of the bottle nipple as opposed to mine. So as the days have gone by they fight me more and more. I stopped using both the syringe and the shields on Friday, I think I will have to go back to using both again. They simply WILL NOT LATCH now. I’ve resorted to pumping, but even with that I am only getting one good ounce per session.
It’s seriously bothering me. I feel like I need to go back to the start and try my hardest to get them off formula, or at least not so dependent on it.
Any tips I can get from a BTDT mom??