July 21, 2014

FIAO 5.2 - Feeding The Twins

So I found out a few months ago that thanks to the ACA (ObamaCare) your health insurance company will cover a breast pump for you. This really took a huge chunk of worry for me out of breastfeeding and I've decided I'm definitely going to try my hardest to do it. Even if it's only for as long as I can handle. I've heard it gets better as you go so maybe I'll get over any initial bumps and be able to successfully do it for a year even. I know, I know, I said before that the idea of basically being a cow is horrifying to me but I really think if I'm able to pump and tandem nurse in the beginning and then establish a routine and produce enough to keep pumping (possibly leading to exclusively pumping) it might be doable in the long term. I'd really like to start caring for kids/working by November so it would definitely be best for me to have nursing sessions as infrequently as possible but still be able to feed my kids!  We will see how it goes, I'm actually pretty excited to try.

I ordered the Medela Pump In Style Double from Edgepark Medical Supply. The supplier themselves get mixed reviews but the pump is one of the best and I didn't have to wait to get a ride to the store to get it. I know the hospital has some Medelas too so I'm hoping to get a few lessons on that while I'm there.

We've started talking about the kinds of foods we want to feed when it's time to introduce solids. I always thought I would make my own baby food but then I discovered Baby Led Weaning. As much as I love the idea of it I feel like I'm one of those parents who will be too neurotic to actually feed my children anything so I'll just end up using purees anyway, but who knows? Maybe the girls will be naturally good at gumming and swallowing that I won't have to worry. I am also trying to decide if I will introduce oatmeal cereal at any point in the first year (no rice cereal here - here's why). I know a lot of people end up adding it to bottles to keep them fuller longer and knowing us we may fall prey to that temptation. I guess like everything else in this dance I'm keeping all my options open until it's time to decide.

We did end up finally getting some bottles though. I took my sister's advice and bought the Born Free classic bottles. They're a pain in the ass to handwash as there are 6 pieces to each bottle. I didn't really realize this because at the daycare we just threw all my niece's bottles in the dishwasher and put them together as needed. I would have preferred something with a few less parts but I also loved how they seemed to keep my niece's reflux at bay and helped with burping too. I can't wait to try them out (or for daddy to try at first of course!)

Just a few more days!


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