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Should I continue Breastfeeding when I have a cold?

Posted on June 10, 2017. Filed under: Breastfeeding multiplies, Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , , |

Absolutely!  Breast milk is an amazing liquid and it regularly adjusts itself to you and your babies’ needs.  Further, if one of the babies is sick, do you assign only one breast to that baby or continue to switch them back and forth?  Continue nursing as you normally would.  Rotating babies on both breasts won’t hurt/affect the one who is currently not ill. Your breast milk continues to adjust and provide antibodies which are beneficial to yourself and each of your babies, whether they are sick or not.

For more of the amazing benefits of Mother’s Milk, check out this TED Talk:

What We Don’t Know About Mother’s Milk

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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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The Individuals Within the Group

Posted on May 6, 2017. Filed under: Multiple Birth, Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Our multiples all arrive at the same time (obviously).  Not so obviously, because they have (inadvertently) been identified as a group because of their births, they are also individuals within the group.   They are not a package and you, as the parents, have the capability to make sure that their individuality is also celebrated.   Some great hints to encourage their individuality while also respecting their special and unique bond, are following.

If you have any ways you helped encourage your babies’ individuality, please let us know.  

~Don’t give them rhyming names, or even names beginning with the same letter.         ~Don’t continually dress them alike.  Once is a while won’t hurt, but not continually.         ~Have a Baby Book and Photo Albums PER child.  Otherwise, who does the one book belong to?                                                                                                                                                 ~Always have a birthday cake PER child                                                                               ~Always sing Happy Birthday PER child                                                                       ~Encourage family and friends not to send cards for Twins.  Who opens the card?  Who owns the one card?  WW3 could start here.                                                                              ~Do not compare the children to each other (your brother uses the potty, you need to as well) nor let others compare them.                                                                                                  ~Because there is a built-in comparison with multiples, take the word “Twin” or “Triplet” out of the situation and deal with the solutions on individual basis.  AS LONG AS EACH CHILD PROCEEDS AT HIS OR HER OWN RATE AND CONTINUES TO MEET MILESTONES, DON’T PUSH THINGS.  BRINGING UP MULTIPLES IS NOT A RACE OR COMPETITION.  Each child needs to be who they are, even in the multiple-birth setting.

Enjoy those babies and children!!!

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Gestational length of twins

Posted on May 4, 2017. Filed under: Multiple Birth, Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , |

Some of the amazing Mommas on La Leche League’s Twin and Triplet Breastfeeding Facebook page in the U.S. were asking about how long some of the other reader’s had carried their babies.  Here are some of the replies:

35 weeks, 2 days                                                                                                                                   38 weeks, 1 day                                                                                                                                     35 weeks, 5 days                                                                                                                                   38 weeks                                                                                                                                                 37 weeks, 6 days                                                                                                                                   39 weeks, 5 days                                                                                                                                     36 weeks, 6 days                                                                                                                                   37 weeks, 1 day                                                                                                                                     35 weeks                                                                                                                                                   39 weeks, 2 days                                                                                                                                 My own was 40 weeks, 1 day:  Spontaneous labour of 5 and 3/5 hours to the birth of the second twin.  18 minutes apart and no stretch marks, but belly muscles were shot. I needed a tummy tuck.  My singleton children were an 8 hour and 22-hour labours.  Go figure!  LOL   All worth it.

 

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I feel sad about breast feeding…..

Posted on May 1, 2017. Filed under: Breastfeeding multiplies, Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

Let me clarify.  I feel sad because some women seem to need to loudly, strongly, rightly and aggressively defend their desire to breastfeed until forever, or nurse in public for that matter.  My sadness comes from the”aggressively” part.  I think women and their children have a right to breast feed as long as it works for them without judgement, harassment or any negativity whatsoever.  I believe a nursing woman has the right to breast feed whenever and wherever she or her baby or babies need, as long as the location is safe for all.  Preferably not while a climbing a cliff, as an example.  LOL Adults eat in public, why shouldn’t babies and infants have the same rights and expectations?

I like to think that I am a bridge builder and a teacher.  My problem is when a woman begins to fight and declare her, and her child’s rights, even before there is a battle to be fought.  That attitude is not a teaching one nor a bridge-building one and, in fact, most encounters will end up with no winners.  If you go looking for trouble, trust me, you will find it.

I would suggest waiting until each and every obstacle presents itself and gently stopping the person and asking them to come on board and be a part of a solution and not a part of a problem.  Start with family and friends and explain, each and every time, that this is what your family has chosen and you would love them to be positive throughout this journey.  Stopping negativity in a loving, caring, teaching way is the goal.  There will always be someone who objects, shouts, judges, declares, and lots of other things, but we don’t have to play that game.  We do not have to roar, respond, justify, give tit or tat (pardon the pun).  As Michelle Obama says “When they go low, we go high.”  When one walks with a Big Stick, one risks tripping over it.

It saddens me that women angrily anticipate negativity about nursing in public or the age their children should be weaned at.  It isn’t any one else’s business but that particular family’s and whatever that family chooses in regards to breastfeeding won’t change what you have for supper, so don’t fight BEFORE there is a fight.  Do what women do best:  Teach, show patience, tolerance, love, smile, be firm and gentle.  All of this goes along with, IMO, tons of strength.

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Having Twins or Triplets….

Posted on April 21, 2017. Filed under: Multiple Birth, Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , , |

Even though there are no guarantees, there are several elements that need to be in place to become pregnant with twins or triplets. Here are some of the possible elements, in no particular order:
1) If you already have other children;
2) If you are over 30 years old;
3) Chances are even greater if you are over 35 years old;
4) The closer they are to you on your family tree;
5) If you used infertility assistance; and
6) They will start on your family tree somewhere and perhaps you will be the one who will get things started.
I could add here that if you have one spontaneous set of multiples, i.e. no infertility assistance, it is said that you can up your chances by 50% of having multiples again in a subsequent pregnancy. There is one family who had nine children, including four sets of twins.
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Can I mix bottles of breastmilk?

Posted on April 16, 2017. Filed under: Breastfeeding multiplies, Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , |

Breastmilk can be mixed together from two different pumpings, as long as the milk is the same temperature.  So, if you have some bottled milk stored in the fridge and wish to add a new batch, wait until the new batch has been cooled in the fridge then mix the two batches together.  The new, warmer milk should not be mixed with the colder stored milk.

You will notice that breastmilk will separate into two layers.  The fatter part of the breastmilk has risen to the top the same as when we have whole cow’s milk and the cream rises to the top.  A quick shake before using mixes it all together again.

 

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CALMING BABY OR BABIES DOWN

Posted on April 3, 2017. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , |

If one or more baby is having what might be called a temper tantrum or seems scared, hungry or colicy, try to settle and comfort him or her before putting to the breast, in the bed or chair. A baby’s crying has a message and it is up to us to try and interpret the need. With all of the new things happening to and around new babies, there is a lot for them to integrate. Examples: breathing, noise/light increase, clothing, touching, no outwards limits to push against as there was in the womb, and so on. There is often more success in calming the baby by either skin-to-skin, rocking, shushing, gentle words in their ears (I am here, It is OK, I have you….) and when settled, then put baby to the breast to reenforce closeness and safety.
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