Cecilia's List For the Twins (And birth story)

Bruce

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I'm sure they are much happier together. Hard enough being released from captivity but to not have your partner with you would be a huge change.
 

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Glad to hear that putting babies back together is working well. Get caught up on some sleep as they will be home before you know it.....Merry Christmas came early for you but glad it turned out the way it did.
I’ve slept for about 17 hours since they were born. I’ll be ok for a while. I have to keep pumping and all that good stuff. We’re having a family party tonight. I’m not going to stay long. I’m going to drive up to the hospital in a few minutes so I can pump and all that. I only got about 8 ounces today so I’m a little disappointed.
 

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I’ve slept for about 17 hours since they were born. I’ll be ok for a while. I have to keep pumping and all that good stuff. We’re having a family party tonight. I’m not going to stay long. I’m going to drive up to the hospital in a few minutes so I can pump and all that. I only got about 8 ounces today so I’m a little disappointed.
The breast pumps simply aren't as effective as a baby at getting a breast to produce milk.

The hospital grade breast pumps are the most effective.

Much of producing breast milk is also psychological. Which means you need to work to see what works best for you! (Like watching those crying baby videos you mentioned).

Some mothers find pumping both breasts at the same time helps produce more milk.

But remember, the more often you pump, the more milk you will make. The longer you let your breasts stay engorged the less milk you will make.

As to drugs... vasoconstrictors (like Sudophed), reduce breast milk production.

There is pretty good evidence that oats help to increase production. There are also teas specifically formulated to help increase production.

Rest, recuperate, and realize that your job now is figuring out the pumping thing. It can be overwhelming... especially all of the washing required. And then throw in the hormones and being seperated from your babies!

:hugs :hugs :hugs
 

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The breast pumps simply aren't as effective as a baby at getting a breast to produce milk.

The hospital grade breast pumps are the most effective.
My insurance gave me one! The best.
Much of producing breast milk is also psychological. Which means you need to work to see what works best for you! (Like watching those crying baby videos you mentioned).

Some mothers find pumping both breasts at the same time helps produce more milk.

But remember, the more often you pump, the more milk you will make. The longer you let your breasts stay engorged the less milk you will make.
I pump every hour or so. Trying to get as much colostrum as I can, while I can.
As to drugs... vasoconstrictors (like Sudophed), reduce breast milk production.

There is pretty good evidence that oats help to increase production. There are also teas specifically formulated to help increase production.

Rest, recuperate, and realize that your job now is figuring out the pumping thing. It can be overwhelming... especially all of the washing required. And then throw in the hormones and being seperated from your babies!

:hugs :hugs :hugs
It’s stressful, but we’re managing.
 
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