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.
- 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!)
- 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.