Monday, June 29, 2009

Really...it worked!



1.Pain Reliever
2.Ace Bandage
3.Benadryl
4.Sudafed
5.Cabbage (YEP)

After thinking and thinking about it I decided to stop breast-feeding. Well really pumping, my girls really never caught on and I never started making enough milk for both of them. Before I get "you didn't try enough with them and thats why you didn't make enough" I was pumping every two to three hours and had been since the babies were born. I would wake up in the middle of the night at least twice even when they were in the NICU and pump. I had been renting a pump so I had the best of the best. Anyways it was an extremely hard decision that I didn't decide lightly. After many weeks of thinking about it I decided I was going to be done, I had to dry up...NO ONE EVER TELLS YOU HOW HARD THIS PART IS!!!! I had gone to two different breast-feeding classes and had a Lactation consultant come to the NICU several times. They tell you it might hurt while you are starting, which it did. I was never told how much pain it is to stop!!! Much less how to do it. With some advice from a good blogger friend. Kristy and of course research online, I decided to start the process. WOW, did I feel bad. I took or used all the above to help. Yes, even put cabbage in my bra!! It actually helped. It took 3 long days of pain but finally I stopped hurting!!! I have to say I am so thankful for much more time. I was having to bottle feed the twins then pump right after that every three hours. The twins started sleeping through the night at pretty much 2 1/2 months but not me. I pumped and I pumped!! Glad I gave the girls it while I did but so glad to be done. Props go to all of you that can keep it up!!!!

Don't worry I thought I would put up some pictures of the twins too!!!! I have lots of posts to write this week so keep checking back!! We are staying so busy this summer. I am almost sure that we have been gone more than we are home.


Girls 4 month picture, Chris has not edited them yet but I couldn't wait any more.
More to come later, hopefully!

madelyn, left Kinley, right

Kinley hanging out at MiMi's and Poppy's house.

This is how I find them every morning now.
Thinking about moving them to two cribs. Just makes me sad!




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10 comments:

Suzanne said...

girrrrl! you ROCKED at pumping for your twins! i was amazed at how much you were NOT getting and yet you STILL tried to pump for your babies. what a great mom! as a nurse i'll tell you, you have honestly done all that you possibly can for those girls and don't let any one tell you differently. your body said, "enough liz! you're done!" i'm so proud of you. those pics are priceless!!! LOVE you! hey, so- date week? you drop off the girls and vice versa? xoxo

Tiffany Lockette said...

It is very hard to stop and it does make you feel completely bad for stopping but being able to give those girls 4 good months of breast milk is awesome. You did a great job! I kept going until 6 months, my goal was 5 but it took a while to ween my little girl. Great job though and don't feel guilty at all, you did great.

Ashhog said...

Love the pics of those sweetie pies! And You are AMAZING for pumping as long as you did! I am WAY impressed!!! :)

Kristi said...

Kudos!!! You did awesome! I didn't even try :(

Love the pics of the girls! Do you take their monthly pics yourself? They're so cute! Are they identical? They look a lot alike! My girls have slept in separate cribs from their first day home, but they love to lay next to each other during the day!

Hilary said...

Good job!! Pumping is hard... The pictures are great too! They are adorable

julia said...

I know exactly how you feel. I didn't make it quite as long as you did and I felt such guilt at not being able to make it work. I felt so selfish because I quit for my own sanity, but in reality, that was for my girls, too. I was not able to be the mom that I wanted to be because I was always sooooo stinkin tired! E & G have been on formula for about 4 months now and they are doing GREAT!! It is such a hard decision to make because you want to do the absolute best for your babies and in some cases the best might be to quit breastfeeding! Don't listen to anyone who says otherwise. Only you know what is the best decision for you and your family!!

boysmum2 said...

You gave it your best and that is all you can do. Cabbage does work and don't let anyone ever laugh at it, it is a miracle veg! They are always so quick to explain how to breastfeed but no one ever gives advice on how to stop and yes it is sore. Well done

Amber said...

I can't believe how much time/effort you put into breastfeeding and pumping. You are AMAZING!!! I had to supplement from the beginning with Amiya because I never could produce enough for 1 baby. I can't imagine trying to do it for 2. The girls look precious in the tutus. Can't wait to see more of their 4 month pics!

We are the Smith Family said...
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We are the Smith Family said...

After 3 bouts with Mastitis and Thomas' constant biting...I stopped at 6 weeks. I am amazed by your commitment!!! You should be proud of yourself. I had a hard time making enough milk...then I started reglan and an herb called fenugreek.....then I couldn't stop leaking and producing....milk was EVERYWHERE.....bf was hard for me...I cried and cried when I stopped but my sanity and my family needed a break. I took 4 classes prior to delivery, I read all I could read on BF, it was a dream of mine to be that mom that breastfed her babies until at least 6 months...oh well! I look back on it now and think of all the time and moments I missed out on due to pumping....stressing about pumping, and just being sick from pumping. Bless you.....again, you are a GREAT mommy!!!!!