Pros/Cons to Breastfeeding Twins

From long before I was ready to be a mother, I knew that I wanted to breastfeed my babies. I felt so strongly, so passionately about it, that I practically had tunnel vision. Now that I have twins, I have to say that I have a love/hate relationship with breastfeeding. The “love” of it often outweighs the “hate,” but it would be impractical of me to say that it is a dream to breastfeed multiples. I thought I would put together a list of pros/cons.

Pros:

  • Knowing that I can make all of the food that my babies need to survive.
  • Losing the baby weight (which especially kicked into high gear after 3 months postpartum)
  • Having gorgeous, perky breasts
  • The cuddles and caresses during nursing
  • The adorable grunts and smiles during nursing
  • When my babies fall asleep immediately after nursing
  • Having the excuse to sit for hours cuddling my babies while they sleep against me
  • Having a few minutes of quiet every 3 hours or so
  • Being able to feed either one-at-a-time or tandem (with help)
  • How nursing helps to get over illness quickly
  • My milk can help protect my babies against illnesses that we are exposed to
  • The look on people’s faces when they find out I can breastfeed both at once
  • It’s free!
  • Being able to eat extra calories because it helps the babies (Oh, hi there, extra dessert!)

Cons:

  • Having HUUUUUGE breasts that don’t fit into my old clothes (hello, popping buttons)
  • Uncomfortable nursing bras
  • Paying more money for more bras, shirts, supplies
  • Sore back due to bigger-than-normal boobs
  • Stand-at-attention nipples
  • Having to feed every 2-3 hours
  • Not being able to sleep through the night (us or the babies)
  • Not knowing exactly how much the babies eat
  • Needing help to feed both babies at once (bye, bye independence)
  • The feeling of needing to pump even after nursing (“tied down to the chair”)
  • Being worried about nursing and having enough milk for them
  • Feeling like I can’t go anywhere for extended amounts of time away from the babies
  • The feeling of “let down”
  • Clogged ducts and the threat of mastitis
  • Not being able to eat certain foods because of picky babies
  • Complications of feeding in public

I want to be transparent about this. Breastfeeding (whether twins or singletons) isn’t easy or always fun. It is, however, very rewarding. I know if you were just to look at the lists, the “cons” outweigh the “pros.” Still, I am so happy to be able to feed my babies, and to have been able to do it exclusively for so long. I know there will come a time soon when I simply will not be able to keep up with their needs, but I think I can pat myself on the back for doing it this long. For now, I will enjoy every smile, coo, and pulled nipple.

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