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BABY/CHILD PREFERENCE

Posted on February 18, 2018. Filed under: Making a Difference, raising multiples, Uncategorized | Tags: , , , |

Interesting discussion going within one of the groups I belong to regarding preferring or “gravitating towards” one baby over the other, as one Mom put it. Most of the Moms say it is their partner who always takes one particular baby.

There are lots of reasons to prefer one child over another, even with other siblings: most/least like me; easier to deal with this one; this one is my first child….”; one may have medical challenges which makes “protection” of him/her a priority in the parent’s eyes, and so on.

Even if we have such thoughts, I feel that each of our children deserve the best of us. Having such thoughts makes us human, acting upon them is just plain Wrong! The child consistently not chosen will, in no time at all, be aware that they are lacking in the eyes of the other parent. They will internalize this message and translate it as: I am not good enough.  Even if a child is more difficult to settle and one parent is more successful at settling him or her, it is important for the other parent to step up and try to do settling from time to time. It is good all around. Good for bonding, good for a child to learn to trust BOTH parents, each child learns that both their parents love them and are willing to work things through, and perhaps most importantly, it doesn’t pit sibling against sibling and avoids the proverbial: Mom always loved you/me best!

It is also important to let family and friends know to treat each of your children as equally as possible.

Did you, your partner or a family member prefer one of your babies over the other? How did you handle it?

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HOW DO I KNOW WHEN MY BABIES HAVE DONE BREASTFEEDING?

Posted on February 4, 2018. Filed under: Breastfeeding multiplies, Multiple Birth, Quadruplets, raising multiples, Triplets, Twins, Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , |

There are a few of ways you can tell when your babies have finished feeding.

They are less fussy, mood improvement                                                                                            Stop sucking on their hands                                                                                                        They reach a relaxed state                                                                                                              Fall of the nipple

Take a look at this very helpful short video:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=0h0m1s&v=8psFNbWvSCM

 

 

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BREASTFEEDING IN PUBLIC??? OH YEAH!!

Posted on January 31, 2018. Filed under: Breastfeeding multiplies, Quadruplets, simultaneous breast feeding, Triplets, Twins, Uncategorized | Tags: , , , |

At the State of Union Address last night a woman in the gallery could clearly, and modestly, be seen breastfeeding her baby. I literally had a Gasp! How wonderful was this? Right there, in Public, couldn’t be more Public, and it was thrilling!!!
 
Breastfeed in Public when and if you need. It is a normal thing for us to do for our babies, so go ahead.
 
It is good for our kids to see us Breastfeeding in Public. Gives them a chance to realize breastfeeding is a natural way to give babies nourishment and prepares our children, daughters AND sons for when they will be considering baby feeding options. Yeah Momma!!!
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IF YOU COULD GO BACK, WHAT WORDS OF WISDOM WOULD YOU SHARE WITH YOURSELF AFTER YOUR BABIES WERE BORN?

Posted on January 31, 2018. Filed under: Breastfeeding multiplies, raising multiples, Twins, Uncategorized | Tags: , |

Now that your babies have arrived and you have all settled in (at least as settled in as any new family can be….LOL), what have you learned and what would you tell yourselves by way of support?   GO!!

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EXPECTING MULTIPLES? THEN YOU GOTTA DO THIS……….

Posted on January 14, 2018. Filed under: Breastfeeding multiplies, Multiple Birth, Multiple Birth Prenatal Class DVD, raising multiples, simultaneous breast feeding, Triplets, Twins, Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , |

AS SOON AS YOU KNOW YOU ARE EXPECTING TWINS OR MORE, see if your community offers any multiple-birth prenatal classes and both you and your partner SIGN UP RIGHT AWAY. Your healthcare provide should be able to refer you to any. DO NOT wait until later in your pregnancy as you never know if/when you will be placed on bedrest, making taking a class impossible. A multiple-birth pregnancy is NOT like a expecting a singleton and singleton classes are traditionally taken much later in that pregnancy. A multiple-birth prenatal class needs to be taken as early as possible so that you learn things about your pregnancy and how to act accordingly, e.g. nutrition and how much you need to be eating; signs and symptoms of premature labour, and so much more. This is not meant to scare you, but to empower you! Knowledge can be translated into power and knowing as much as possible about carrying twins, triplets or more WELL BEFORE they arrive just makes sense. If you do not know if there are any classes in your community and live in Canada 🇨🇦️, check in with Multiple Births Canada 🇨🇦️ at http://www.multiplesbirthscanada.org They have a list of many of the Support Chapters across Canada. 🇨🇦   Also check out my own Site at http://www.jumelle.ca   There is in depth FREE information on it as well.
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DOES BREAST SIZE MAKE A DIFFERENCE TO PRODUCTION?

Posted on January 14, 2018. Filed under: Breastfeeding multiplies, raising multiples, Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , |

Short answer: No. Whether a woman is large or small breasted, when the demand is there, the supply will follow and her breasts will provide enough supply to nourish her babies. One of the most common things I hear though, is that one breast is a better producer than the other, sometimes insignificantly, sometimes quite a bit. If this is your case, put your stronger sucker on the lower producing breast to help improve its supply. And of course, keep well-hydrated and nourished.

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BREASTFEEDING AND ILLNESS

Posted on January 10, 2018. Filed under: Breastfeeding multiplies, Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , |

Many Moms ask if they need to pump and dump when either one baby, more or Mom herself is ill.  Breast milk is an amazing substance.  It changes to meet the needs of all babies, as it creates the antibodies needed by the babies.  THERE IS NO NEED TO PUMP AND DUMP.   As they share the same breasts, you have all be exposed to the same germs.  Just keep feeding your babies as you usually do.  Your milk will make its magic and your babies and supply will benefit from the continued feeding.  If you feel better about it though, it wouldn’t hurt to wipe your breast between feeds with a soft washcloth and warm water.  No soap or wipes as any residue may find itself in baby’s mouth.

 

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I am expecting Twins/Triplets/More. Now what?

Posted on January 7, 2018. Filed under: Breastfeeding multiplies, Multiple Birth, raising multiples, simultaneous breast feeding, Triplets, Twins, Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

AS SOON AS YOU KNOW you are expecting twins, triplets or more, there are some important steps to be taken.  Here goes:

-Find out if the babies are monozyotic (identical) because you need to know as soon as is possible if any of the babies have Twin–to-Twin-Transfusion Syndrome (TTTS).  EVEN WITHIN TRIPLETS, QUADRUPLETS OR MORE.  If yes, you will be under the umbrella of “High Risk” and both you and the babies will be followed very closely until birth.  Find out all you can about TTTS so that you are informed and know what questions to ask of your healthcare professionals.  My Site at http://www.jumelle.ca has an in depth article on TTTS.

-Join your local Twin and Triplet support chapter.  They will have a ton of information to share and it is nice to be with others making the same journey.  In Canada, Multiple Births Canada (MBC) has a full list of all multiple-birth support Chapters across the country.  They can be found at http://www.multiplebirthscanada.org

-Sign-up for a multiple-birth prenatal class in your community if they have one and both partners should attend.  You will get information pertinent for having twins or more.  SINGLETON PRENATAL CLASSES ARE LIMITED IN PERTINENT INFORMATION AND HAVING ONE AT A TIME IS NOT THE SAME AS HAVING TWO OR MORE AT A TIME.

-If you are considering breastfeeding your babies, sign up with a knowledgeable Lactation Consultant.  You will not be disappointed.

-Learn as much as you can ahead of time before your babies arrive so you are better prepared and receive support and resources focused on your pregnancy.

-If you are stuck at any time, ASK FOR HELP/SUPPORT.  You are not alone.  So many reliable people are here to help

-Very best wishes and enjoy your babies!!!

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Canadian Resource: Multiples’ Podcast

Posted on December 15, 2017. Filed under: Triplets, Twins, Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , |

Very exciting.  By a family with triplets.

http://www.lifewithmultiples.com/life-with-multiples-podcast/

http://www.lifewithmultiples.com/best-apps-for-twin-parents/

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Hand Expressing Breast Milk

Posted on December 14, 2017. Filed under: Breastfeeding multiplies, Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , |

There are a variety of reasons why you may want/need to hand express breastmilk:

-relieve engorgement/discomfort,                                                                                                      -may need to be away from the baby for a while and you can express your milk and save it for another time, or                                                                                                                          –to help increase your milk production.

If you are not familiar with how to hand express breast milk, following are a couple of excellent videos showing how it is done.

https://globalhealthmedia.org/portfolio-items/how-to-express-your-first-milk/?portfolioID=5623

https://globalhealthmedia.org/portfolio-items/how-to-express-breastmilk/?portfolioID=10861

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