I've Exceeded My 2 year Goal... with Twins!

by Elsabe
(South Africa)

What breastfeeding twins look like...

What breastfeeding twins look like...

So I've shared my story about breastfeeding my son and then breastfeeding my Twincesses the first year of their lives.

Today I look back and think wow... I actually reached my 2 year goal with them... and exceeded it! On 3 February 2013 they will be two and a half years old and even though we are down to only feeding 2-3 times a week, we are still breastfeeding.

The second year has been easier. I'm not sure if I just got the knack of handling two babies (or rather toddlers) together, or if the tiny bit longer stretches of sleep made a difference or if it just gets easier as they learn to be more and more independent eventually?! But somehow and somewhere I started enjoying my Twincesses more and feeling less overwhelmed.

The Raynaud's gave me a bit of trouble the second winter as well. I again considered stopping, and had even more reason since they were older this time. But I just couldn't. I pushed through and tried some new things after researching it again.

What helped in the end was making sure I kept my breasts warm and covered as much possible. I also started drinking a glass of red wine few times a week, or at least on the days the pain was very bad. And I took a calcium and magnesium supplement in the evenings. Might not sound like a common or popular solution, but it worked for me.

Thank goodness this was something I only struggled with during the winter months and not all the time.

Breastfeeding twins is possible. Not easy always, but definitely possible. And it's worth it too! The benefits far outweigh the difficult moments.

If you are a twin mom or expecting twins, I hope you'll find encouragement and strength in my story to give it a try and push through. ;o)

TwincessMamma
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Jan 18, 2013
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inspiration
by: Tracy

Hi Elsabe

Thanks so much for posting an update! Cant believe the twins are turning two already!!

You are such an inspiration to all us breastfeeding moms!

Against all odds, you did it!!

Congrats! ;-)

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nipple pain

Sometimes after breastfeeding my 5mth old, my nipples turn white and hurt so bad is that normal...the pain is so intense and sorta fella like a burning sensation

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Jun 21, 2012
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raynauds
by: Tracy

Hi

Yes, this is a common occurrence, its called raynauds syndrome.

There are things you can do to make it easier...

Raynauds phenomenon


I have a friend (Elsabe) that also suffered from this, I have asked her to also comment on here and give her personal advice.

Hope this helps

Jun 26, 2012
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What's helped me
by: Elsabe

Raynaud's is no fun. My nipples will literally turn white, then blue and then red.

What's helping me with it is to keep my breasts warm at all times. As soon as my Twincesses unlatch, I cover up and also right after a shower. Cold air makes the pain worse.

This winter I've also started taking a B6, Calcium and Magnesium supplement and I have to say it's going better. The pain is not as intense every single day anymore, in fact most days now I don't have pain!

And you could try rubbing some pure virgin olive oil into your nipples after a warm shower/bath for a day or two, that seemed to help me too.

Good luck, I hope this will help you too!


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raynauds of the nipple and question

by rachel
(nashville,tn)

Wanted to know....I'm 8 weeks pregnant and this is my second pregnancy. In my first pregnancy I started having extremely painful burning of my nipple around 10 weeks pregnant.

I have excruciating pain my entire pregnancy and ended up having to self diagnose myself since nobody would listen to me.

It was confirmed thru my ob i ended up having raynauds of the nipple and had a very painful pregnancy with the pain in my nipples.

They would turn white and burned for 20 min or so and happened 3-5 tines per day. I'm currently 8 1/2 weeks pregnant and have noticed my nipples turning white already and two episodes of the Burning, but noticing my nipples turning white several times per day.

Is it likely the raynauds will be like it was in the previous pregnancy or can your nipples turn white and it not be painful?

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Nov 16, 2014
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raynauds during pregnancy
by: Tracy

Hi Rachel

There is no way to know. It really depends from pregnancy to pregnancy and person to person.

Raynauds is actually really common and there are ways to reduce the symptoms.

Here is a page that might help...

Raynauds-phenomenon

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Raynauds during breastfeeding
by: Anonymous

I had raynauds during breastfeeding. It was horrible. However, I had no symptoms while pregnant.

My aunt had also experienced it with her kids so I had an idea what it was before I was diagnosed.

I also dealt with a massive infection in the first two weeks after birth and several bouts of thrush.

I'm pretty sure that it was a result of all of my issues. The only way it wasn't painful was if I pumped. I went on nifedipine (spelling??) after trying natural remedies which didn't work.

I was on it for about 3 months when I found out about lecithin. I weaned myself off of the nifedipine and started taking lecithin and it seemed to be a great substitute b/c I havent had any issues since.

Maybe try talking to your doctor about it?? Below is the specific brand I used. I think quality and non-GMO is important. It's also really cheap which helps!

Now Foods, Lecithin, Non-GMO

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Raynauds and your placenta

by savta

does anyone know if Raynaud's impacts on the placenta. had severe calcification of the placenta towards end of pregnancy and now experiencing problems and bad pain in nipples when breast feeding, because of Raynaud's.

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what is raynaud s syndrome

by raynaud s syndrome disease
(indore, mp, india)

This is really a nice post, great information of laser treatment ultimate Raynaud's problem....

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