Six Months Down
Posted By: Kara Matuszewski Sassone
First -- and second -- time mom. Her twins were born seven weeks early and spent their first three weeks in the NICU. During that time Kara navigated, with the love and support of her husband, how to pump and bring milk to her babies in the hospital.
I cannot believe that I have been the nearly sole provider of sustenance for two humans for six months! I never had a “plan” as to how long I would breastfeed, in fact, my outlook while pregnant was, if it works, great. At the six-month mark, I am so happy that I have been able to do this for my little ones.
That’s not to say it hasn’t been hard. I was exhausted and delirious in the first few months since I was up with them so frequently. My son, who took a bottle for the first four months has now decided he doesn’t like it anymore. My daughter doesn’t sleep through the night. But I know these things will get better.
Thankfully, I have an incredible support system. In addition to my husband, family, friends, and a couple of mothers’ groups, I have a few lactation consultants on stand by and my midwife’s office on speed dial. And I have leaned on them a lot. I have asked everything from: how much should I feed the babies, to why won’t this blocked duct unblock?
I am waking a couple of times a night with the babies. We’re working on getting more calories into my son, so I am putting sleep on hold and feeding them often. We’re seeing a gastrointestinal doctor as well as a nutritionist to help us figure out things. And I am trying not to stress out, so as not to affect my milk supply.
Perhaps we’ll keep this up for another six months!
9:00am on Wednesday June 6