raising multiples

CHOCOLATE, CAFFEINE & BREASTFEEDING

Posted on July 28, 2017. Filed under: Breastfeeding multiplies, raising multiples, Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , |

A recent series of posts highlighted the fine line between fact and fiction when it comes to breastfeeding. A mother-in-law’s counsel to her daughter-in-law, a new breastfeeding mother, to avoid chocolate and caffeine for its negative effect on baby, led to Internet uproar.  Indeed, mother-in-law was pilloried as a “liar.”

Whatever happened to perspective?

The culprit, if there is one, are similar, naturally occurring substances in coffee and chocolate that have stimulant effects. The cacao tree, Theobroma, contains theobromine while caffeine comes from the bean of the coffee tree. Both are stimulants and can cause irritability, wakefulness and jumpiness in people sensitive to the substances or who consume too much.

The blood – breast milk barrier is thankfully very efficient and for most breastfeeding mothers indulging in some chocolate or coffee causes no issue. Of course, moderation is important. Eat a pound of chocolate or drink eight cups of coffee in a row and baby might be as revved up as mom and, for sure, won’t sleep too well! No need, however, to abstain.

Knowledge is passed down from one generation to the next but that knowledge also needs to be updated. Breastfeeding mothers can take comfort in the effectiveness of the barrier between their body and what passes to the baby through the milk. This is not license, however, to abuse it.

So, enjoy that cup of coffee and no need to pass up the Godiva dark chocolate that goes so well with it!

 

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Canadian Blog for Parents with Multiples

Posted on July 23, 2017. Filed under: raising multiples, Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , |

I have come across a very helpful Site/Blog for parents with multiples which can be reached at http://www.lifewithmultiples.com   Written by Chris and Kathleen, parents of spontaneous triplets (surprise!), they address many of the questions any parents expecting twins or more might have.  Give them a look see.  I think you will be pleased.

Oh, and it is a Canadian Site.

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One Breast Under Performs….

Posted on June 29, 2017. Filed under: Breastfeeding multiplies, Jumelle Twin Tracking App, raising multiples | Tags: , , , , , |

Most women would be surprised to learn that it is very common to have one breast that is more productive in making milk than the other.  The differences in supply can range from minimal to quite dramatic.   This is normal and there is nothing “wrong” with you or your breasts.  LOL

If this is you, here are a couple of ideas to help increase supply in the lower producing breast:

  1.  It is not unusual to have one multiple who is a better, deeper sucker than his/her sibling(s).  Put your stronger sucker on the lower producing breast in order to cue it to produce more milk.
  2. Pump the lower producing breast after a nursing session thereby stimulating it to make more milk.

What have you done to increase supply in your lower producing breast?

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MOM LOVES JUMELLE THE BEST BABY TRACKING APP

Posted on June 15, 2017. Filed under: raising multiples | Tags: , , , , , , , |

Hi Lynda,

Found your wonderful app today, I needed something to track my 5 month old twins feeding, sleeping and changing. It is also helpful because I can track my toddler’s poopy diapers.

It is the only app I found to track multiple children. Your app is very user friendly and will help tremendously. It would be helpful if the user could also input the amount consumed in a bottle feeding in ml and ounces. Being at home with three children under two I exclusively pump and would love to be able to have a daily summary of the amount consumed in a day.

Thank you for your time

Stephanie

(Check out Jumelle The Best Baby Tracking App on my Site at http://www.jumelle.ca)

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MUSIC IS IMPORTANT TO BABIES’ WELL-BEING

Posted on May 26, 2017. Filed under: raising multiples, Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , |

I attended our grandson’s 9-month check-up this past week and the doctor asked if we sing to the baby.  Our daughter’s house always as music, all genres, and her little guy really responds well as the beat goes on. “Great,” said the doctor, “We have found that babies do well when they are sung to and exposed to music.” So don’t be afraid to sing to your babies, even if it is a little off tune, bet they will be your biggest fans.
 
If you already sing or play music for your babies have you found they have a favourite tune? Our grandson loves to hear “16 Tons” and we love to sing it. 😀
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Multiples and Postpartum Depression

Posted on May 18, 2017. Filed under: raising multiples, Uncategorized | Tags: , , , |

This topic is Multiple Births Canada’s upcoming 28th May, 2017 subject for Multiple Birth Awareness Day (see http://www.multiplesbirthscanada.org for more information).  While Postpartum Depression (PPD) can be a big issue for parents of singletons, parents of multiples can take a big hit with PPD and talking about it is an important step for any Mother to getting help.

Here is a personal story posted by Birth Without Fear and this Mom’s experience is a well-written article addressing PPD.  Check it out here: http://birthwithoutfearblog.com/2017/05/17/i-sank-deeper-deeper-a-story-of-postpartum-depression/

Thank you to Birth Without Fear for shedding some light on a topic that many new Moms face and which still contains some stigma.  PPD is a disease, can be treated and affects everyone in the family.

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Twin and Triplets Humour….

Posted on May 17, 2017. Filed under: raising multiples, Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , |

Overheard at a Multiple Births Canada’s AGM:

When we brought home the twins, we threw out the plants.

One of my favorites:

“Twins” is just a word until they arrive.

Makes sense:

“TWINS:”  They arrive together (T), yet are separate people (S).  If we can remember this simple fact, everyone can “WIN”  = “TWINS”

 

Have you got some multiple-birth humour you would like to share?  Drop us a note and we will share it.

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MOTHERS OF MULTIPLES AND POST PARTUM DEPRESSION (PPD)

Posted on May 12, 2017. Filed under: raising multiples | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

28th May is Canada’s Multiple Birth Awareness Day and Multiple Births Canada is leading the educational charge in making folks aware that parents with twins, triplets and more will very likely experience some degree of PPD after their babies are born. Yes, PPD can also occur when having a singleton child, but multiple-birth mothers are more likely to experience PPD because of all the hormones combined with caring for two, three or more infants simultaneously. Occasionally, due to extreme sleep deprivation and the on-call hard work, so will fathers/partners experience some degree of PPD.

PPD is no one’s fault, is a disease, can be treated and affects everyone in the family.

Multiple Births Canada can be reached at www.multiplebirthscanada.orgLearn more about multiples and PPD and/or share your story and experience.

P.S. 28th May is the Dionne Quintuplets birthday. We greatly acknowledge that Annette and Cecile (the surviving of the 5) so kindly allow Canadian multiple-birth families to celebrate their special families on their Birthday.

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