Breast milk letdown

The Let-Down: Each time baby begins to nurse the nerves in your breast send signals that release the milk in your milk ducts. This let down reflex usually happens after your baby has been sucking the breast for about two minutes

Well for me, my only milk letdown has been that my boobs have so far let me down. I don’t seem to produce enough for the twins and this is so frustrating. This is something my body should do easily, but it is really struggling and it’s super heartbreaking.

I have been attempting to supplement but it sucks when they make disgusted faces as they refuse the bottle and then eagerly accept the boob only to watch them get frustrated when they can’t get full.

It’s one of the most heartbreaking and frustrating things, not my number one, but definitely up there in the top ten, maybe even top five.

Congestion

I’m pretty sure most moms can agree…

There is nothing more satisfying when your little one is congested (besides them getting better of course) than getting fat globs of mucus out of their nasal passages.

I don’t know about you guys, but I love the slurp of a fat glob getting sucked into the nasal aspirator.

Currently attempting to find the best nasal aspirator. Journey so far:

  • Blue nasal aspirator from the hospital – it did its job on a basic level. It was convenient since I honestly didn’t expect to need something like this so soon so it was all I had and did its job. It wasn’t anything special.
  • Little remedies nasal aspirator – this one came with a whole thing of saline drops I got to help my little guy. I personal prefer this right now because the tip is clear so you can actually see what you are getting. I kinda wish the whole bulb was clear but… Anyways I also find that it’s a little on the suckier side and gets the job done quicker which is nice since the boys aren’t a big fan of the whole ordeal.
  • Nose Frida + saline solution, specifically Boogie Mist – so far this is my favorite combo. I start with the saline, then I’ll let one do tummy time while I change one. Then I’ll switch. When I’m done with this I’ll start up with the NF on one baby, then I switch and do this about 3 times per baby. Only thing is, you gotta clean the NF way more than a bulb, and I mean this when I say that. Trust me, if you don’t, every time you suck it tastes funny. Over all though this has yielded the best result. Sometimes I’ll use the bulb before the last round of suction and that seems to really help get the stuff deep down out. Overall though I love this combo and totally recommend.

Formulating simplicity

I always planned on breastfeeding my children, I never planned on having twins.

I’ve had these boys home for less than two months and my breastfeeding journey has already had tons of ups and downs. Mostly honestly, it’s been downs. My left boob seems to produce enough for one baby, but not for both and my right boob gave out about three weeks in. While I’ve been attempting to do everything I can to increase my production, (a whole post on that soon) I’ve been supplementing their feedings with formula.

Well, my boys eat a lot. They aren’t even two months old and often I find myself feeding them 8-10 ounces of milk each about every two hours, so I go through a lot of formula in a day, this means making lots of bottles. I however, like finding ways to do things in as fewbsteps as possible (Mr. Man would say I’m lazy which is probably true), so of course I had to find a way to cut steps out of the bottle making process therefore cutting down the time I spend making them as well.

My solution: pre making a bunch of formula for the day.

Formula is good for up to 24 hours if refrigerated, so I figured why not just make 32 ounces of formula in advanced!?

I personally use a 40oz pour top bpa free water bottle, I fill it up to the 32oz line with water, measure out the formula in bowl, and then dump it in using a funnel, and shake vigorously.

Reasons why I don’t just dump it into the container one scoop at a time? Because, from experience, it ends up causing some slight clumping of the formula and no one wants that. It’s better to get it all in there as quickly as possible and shake as quickly as possible to avoid the clumping issue.

Overall this saves me some time during the day because all I have to do is grab the bottle from the fridge, pour it into a bottle, and throw that bottle into the bottle warmer. No more having to measure out formula every time I want to make a bottle.

It’s especially nice at night because it’s easy and quick and since my boys will eat a cold bottle, it means less time for me trying to either navigate a pitch black kitchen or my eyes shriveling from the bright kitchen light.