Guest Post: 21 Things I Wish I Knew Before Having Twins

Guest Post: 21 Things I Wish I Knew Before Having Twins

Any new parent-to-be will want to know everything there is to know about looking after a new baby. And if you’re expecting more than one baby…then there’s even more reason to search for baby tips and advice.

As a new parent stumbling through the darkness of learning how to look after a newborn (or two!), we all would like to push that magical button and travel back to give ourselves a heads up of what we were signing ourselves up for.

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Twinkins have done just that. They have put together a list of:

21 Things I Wish I Knew Before Having Twins.

Go and check out what tips and advice they would give themselves before having twins. How does it compare to what advice you would give yourself as an expectant mother?

 

What Tips Do You Have For A New Parent?

What things do you wish you had known about before having babies? Do you have any advice that would you give to someone who is expecting a baby? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

 

 

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Baby Haemangioma: As Cute As A Strawberry

Baby Haemangioma

The NHS website explains: ‘About one in every ten babies has a haemangioma. They are more common in girls, in premature babies, low birth weight babies and multiple births, such as twins.’

Beatrice is a girl, tick. Beatrice was premature, tick. Beatrice had a slightly low birth weight, tick. AND, guess what, she is a twin…tick. Bingo. Full house. So, I guess it was no surprise that she started developing a haemangioma.

When Beatrice was born all I can remember thinking was that she had the cutest little face and the biggest blue eyes. Yes, she was a little crumpled and covered in a strange substance, but she had been sharing a watery home with her twin brother for 8 months…so no surprise really. To us, her and her brother Francis were perfect.

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Baby haemangioma. ‘A haemangioma is a collection of small blood vessels that form a lump under the skin. They are sometimes called ‘strawberry marks’ because the surface of a haemangioma may look a bit like the surface of a strawberry’ (NHS Website). You can see the beginning of the strawberry mark here on Beatrice’s right nostril. It starts as a tiny red mark, but will then grow rapidly over the next few months.

 

What is a Haemangioma?

A haemangioma is a collection of small blood vessels that form a lump under the skin. As it creates a red, bumpy effect they are more commonly referred to as ‘strawberry marks’. Although not obvious at first, once they appear, a haemangioma will grow rapidly for the first three months. It is uncommon for a haemangioma to grow after 6-10 months of age, when it will have a ‘rest period’ before starting to shrink. They can grow anywhere on the body, but are very common on the face and neck.

We noticed straight away that Beatrice had a tiny pinkish mark along her right nostril, but we just assumed it was a small birth mark. It looked quite cute actually. It made her unique.

However, as the first few weeks went by, we noticed that this tiny pink mark began to grow and change in colour. At her 6 week check up our doctor noticed it straight away and remarked: ‘Oh, she has a strawberry’.

A strawberry? A what?

We were completely unaware of what this was and what it would mean for Beatrice. The doctor, who happened to be specialised in dermatology, explained that we should be prepared for it to grow quite rapidly in size over the next few weeks, with the reassurance that it will eventually disappear in time.

 

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Baby haemangiomas will grow rapidly in the first few months. Around 6-10 months it will have a ‘rest period’ and then will begin to shrink. It is important to keep finger nails short and smooth to avoid damaging the skin of the haemangioma.

 

 

How Do You Treat a Haemangioma?

As haemangiomas eventually disappear in time, treatment is not usually needed. The skin is extremely delicate from the protruding blood vessels so it just needs looking after. It’s important to make sure that finger nails are kept short and smooth to avoid any potential damage to the skin. (I think it is necessary to note that if a haemangioma is knocked and begins to bleed, medical assistance should be sought after as it will most likely bleed profusely).

However, in cases like Beatrice’s, extra intervention was required.

As the weeks went by, we noticed that not only was the mark growing outwards, but actually inside her nostril too. This concerned us greatly as it seemed to be closing it over. This threw us newbie parents into a state of panic as young babies are only able to breathe through their noses…and one of Beatrice’s was closing over…! Scary.

Fortunately, our doctor assisted us in getting treatment quite quickly. Although we have been referred to the hospital (and am awaiting for the appointment), we have been able to start treatment now. We have been prescribed a beta-blocker (which have shown to shrink haemangiomas) to apply to the strawberry twice a day. We began her treatment at the beginning of this year. Although it will be many months before real improvements will be obvious, we feel really reassured that Beatrice has started her treatment.

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Haemangiomas normally disappear by the age of 7 years of age and therefore do not require treatment. There are some cases however where treatment is needed due to the placement of the mark.

 

Living With A Haemangioma

Having a child with a haemangioma has been an interesting experience to say the least. Beatrice has the most fabulously fierce personality. She completely knows her own mind and will be sure to let you know what she wants! (which is so interesting as her brother is the complete opposite: placid and calm).

I have never wanted her strawberry to define her. Yet when people meet her for the first time, it is an elephant in the room. You feel obliged to explain what it is as you see people’s eyes curiously scan over her bumpy, red mark. I don’t know if this sounds weird but I feel more awkward not mentioning it and then people feeling a little unsure whether to mention it themselves. So I find it easier to say what it is so it’s out there. It’s a strange feeling of making others feel at ease. Once it’s mentioned people are obviously very understanding and I think appreciate you doing so.

The oddest experience I have had with Beatrice’s mark is having strangers approach me in the street to ask what it is. Yes. You read that right. Odd, isn’t it? I think so anyway. I used to be really sensitive about it but have learnt to let it go over my head. I think people are just genuinely intrigued by it. I guess this also highlights although haemangiomas are quite common, not many people are aware of them. If we can use this as an opportunity to help educate people about them then I guess we will have done a good job.

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We do not notice the strawberry mark anymore. We only see her beautiful, cute little face with her gorgeous blue eyes. Although I guess her haemangioma makes her fabulously unique.

 

What Are Your Experiences Of Haemangiomas?

Do you have a child with a haemangioma? Are your experiences similar to ours, or do they differ? We would love to hear from you. Get in touch using the comments box below.

 

 

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Life With Twins

Life With 4 Month Old Twins

Have you ever wondered what a day in the life of having twins is like? Would you like answers to questions such as: ‘How do you manage with twins?’ ‘What time do you feed them?’ ‘How often do twins sleep?’ ‘What activities do you do with two babies?’ Well lucky for you, in this post I shall be giving you all a wonderful insight into what life is like with twins.

As the twins are now 4 months old, things are starting to get a little bit more exciting for us. Now, I don’t mean to sound like the last 3 months haven’t been the most whimsical (N.B. They haven’t. I’m tired (understatement), I haven’t washed properly since I entered into my third trimester (have you SEEN how big I was??) and no amount of caffeine or Benefit can cover these bad boy eye bags. I am in a constant state of delirious deja vu: feed feed, nappy nappy, change change, sleep sleep…) Fabulous.

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A day in the life of having twins. Do you wonder how to cope with having twins? The most important thing to do is to keep them on the same schedule. That way you can do the same job at the same time.

 

However now that the twins are a little bit older, they are able to stay awake for more than 20 minutes at a time. This means we can fill up our time with things other than the obvious (that’s if I have the energy…our babies are still feeding all through the night…zzz).

Entering into month 4 was exciting because I could see we were starting to get into a somewhat daily routine. Now, if you haven’t already detected from my last posts, I am a stickler for organisation. Give me a Paperchase planner and a bunch of post-it notes and I’m happier than a postpartum mumma devouring her first glass of chilled Prosecco (well, maybe not quite as excited as that, but you get the picture). I felt like I had some control over what we were doing in this existence of new born delirium. So, here is an overview of a typical day living with twins:

Our Daily Routine

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How to cope with twins. I make sure I feed them at the same time so that they are on the same schedule. Sometimes I even have to burp them at the same time too!

 

Morning

  • 5/6am: First feed of the day. This is delightful because even though I want to stick pins into my eyes as I’m SO TIRED from feeding throughout the night, I am always greeted with slobbery, gummy smiles. All the feels.

  • Nappy change and then back to sleep (not always, if they wish to prolong my sleep deprivation)

  • 9am: Feed, followed by tummy time. They hate this. Literally hate it. They used to just lie there like dead fish. Now their movements resemble something similar to a drunken seal… This drama is then followed with another nap. Twin tip! Always put your babies down to sleep together so that they get used to each other’s noises. That way, they are not disturbed if one becomes grizzly, the other will sleep through it

  • 10.30am: Wake up and time to play with the play gym. It’s wonderful to watch them using this. I have really seen the difference from month 3 to month 4, where before they didn’t have the coordination to do anything with it, now they are able to understand cause and effect: I kick, the monkey wobbles, I smile.

  • *At this point of the day I would start packing the baby changing bag, ready for our afternoon walk. This means boiling water for the formula feeds, decanting formula into pots, sterilising bottles, checking there are enough nappies etc. This helps to make the afternoon run a lot smoother.

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How to go out for a walk with twins. I wear one twin using a baby carrier and then push the other twin in the pram. This makes getting around much easier.

 

Afternoon

  • 12pm: Feed and then out for a walk for the afternoon. YOU NEED TO DO THIS otherwise you will go mad with cabin fever. Yes, this is definitely the hardest part of the day in terms of organisation. Having babies means you are constantly on a time limit, planning in when their next feed is going to be. This means as soon as they have finished their 12pm feed it’s go go GO out of the door as quick as we can as to cram as much in as possible before their next feed strikes.

  • 3pm: (Another!) feed, more tummy time, before they gang up and torture me with the dreaded witching hour. Which, by the way, is a big fat LIE because some days we have witching afternoons. (Do not fret…I have another post about how to survive witching hour coming up in the future!)

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    How to feed twins at night. Have you wondered how to bottle feed your twins during the night? Use curved cushions to keep the babies safely in place so that you can feed both of them at the same time.

Evening

  • 6pm: This is the part of the day where I really do feel like a human conveyor belt. Once I have fed them, I bath one baby whilst the other one sits in the bathroom with us waiting for their turn. I quickly moisturise the first baby, pretend I know how to do baby massage (you just rub the cream in, right?), put them into bed…then it’s onto the next baby. Once both babies are in bed I read them a story, say good night and leave them to settle down to sleep.

    *Don’t be fooled. The twins settling themselves down to sleep at bedtime has been achieved through endless nights of repeating this routine until they learnt that it meant bed time. It doesn’t happen over night so don’t be disheartened if your little one isn’t quite there yet. Routine, routine routine!

  • 10/11pm: Night feed in their cot (using curved cushions, see my earlier posts about feeding twins) and then straight back to sleep.

  • 2/3am: The painful night feed (I CANNOT wait for the twins to drop this feed. I have been reading up on how to help babies sleep for longer. Not. Working. Yet. I still have faith that we will get there in the end (but for now, I live with a large black coffee permanently in my hand…)

  • 5/6am: Aaaaand we do it all over again!

Of course this overview doesn’t take into account the surprise poo explosions or projectile vomit parties. But what it does give you is a little taster into how we fill up our time with our two bundles of joy. I will be interested to see how this differs in a couple more months time.

 

What’s Your Routine?

Are you a new parent? How does your daily routine compare? Let us know in the comments section below!

Looking for more twin inspiration? Browse our other twin topic pages from the links below, or come and say hi on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest. We would love to hear from you!

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Formula Feeding Twins (Part 3)

Formula Feeding Twins

So you will have read from my last post that I had mastered the skill of expressing my breast milk AND feeding the twins…at the same time! Go me. I felt really proud that I could finally provide our babies with breast milk for almost every feed.

As I was expressing breast milk I needed to learn how to sterilise bottles in order to feed the twins. Wanting to go for the simplest approach, I bought self-sterilising @MAMbabyuk bottles. They really do what it says on the tin. And it’s bloomin’ marvellous. No having to wait around for sterilising machines to kill all of those nasties. I can wash, assemble and put them into microwave and in 3 tiny minutes, you have a sterilised bottle ready to use (N.B. if you are sterilising more than one bottle, add one extra minute per bottle, so 1 bottle = 3 minutes, 2 bottles = 4 minutes, 3 bottles = 5 minutes etc.) .

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A disassembled self-sterilising MAM bottle

However the one thing I was concerned about once the bottles were sterilised was how to avoid putting the different pieces onto the countertop to assemble, thus diminishing the point of sterilising in the first place. Guess what? Of course, being the determined fairy that I am, have found a solution to this problem. Here are the steps that we follow:

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How to assemble a sterilised MAM bottle

Ta da! That is how to assemble a sterilised MAM bottle without it touching the surface. You’re very welcome.

How To Move From Breast To Formula

But as they say: life gets in the way. I was finding expressing, feeding, caring for the babies, looking after the house and going through a house move extremely exhausting and overwhelming. That’s when I made the tough decision to move onto formula feeding. But this wasn’t something that happened overnight.

When you decide to stop breast feeding the worry is that you will firstly get really sore breasts (and in extreme cases develop mastitis) and secondly, and more embarrassingly, completely douse people with your mummy milk as it escapes your breasts like shaken bottles of Prosecco. Cringe. I avoided the soreness by decreasing the amount I was pumping in every session (unfortunately didn’t avoid the milk squirting through…the struggle is real). As time went on, I worked up to missing out a pumping session altogether. My body was getting used to not needing the milk anymore. It took about 3 weeks for my milk to completely dry up.

Once we had decided to move onto formula, I wanted to make the whole process as simple as possible as there were many different elements to think about. This was particularly relevant when prepping for the night feeds (who wants to be counting out scoops of milk powder at 2.45am, especially as the risk of miscounting the scoops when you’re deliriously tired is extremely likely?). That was when we started to decant the required amount of powder for each feed into small containers. As the twins were feeding different amounts, I additionally had to make sure I separated these powders into different trays (I am sure they did this just to test my skills of organisation…see picture below).

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Formula portioned out for the night feeds

 

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How I organise the baby formula in the cupboard at home

 

How To Prepare Formula When Going Out

However the one difficultly I came across when using solely formula was how to prepare it for when the twins and I went out for the day. Breast milk is easy because you just heat it up. But formula requires boiling water, bottles, powder etc etc… The advice is to use boiling water when preparing formula to make sure any bacteria in the milk powder has been killed off. But have you actually done this and waited for the milk to cool down?? When your babies are ravenously screaming and there’s no cold tap to cool it down with…you would rather sign yourself up to step on lego than wait for it to be ready. So I wanted to work out a way of safely preparing the formula without having to wait a painful, slow and deafening few minutes (which felt like hours) for it to be cool enough for the babies to drink.

That was when a friend pointed out that you could replicate the Tommy Tippee’s Prep Machine process and use boiling water to cover the formula powder, then top it up with cooled boiled water so that it is immediately at drinking temperature. Revolutionary! (I would just like to highlight that there has been some controversy over whether the Prep Machine actually kills all of the bacteria so therefore it is questionable to imitate it…all I’ll say is I’m not trained to give advice, however the twins have used it for 4 months and haven’t yet grown a third eye, so I’ll leave that one with you).

So here are the items that I pack in my travel bag in order to prepare formula milk:

  • One flask of boiling water

  • One flask of cool boiled water

  • Portioned formula powder

  • Sterilised bottles

  • *(N.B. I always pack a couple of ready made milks too and a container to warm them up in just in case I need extra feeds…always prepared for every eventuality!)

This was the process I decided to follow when preparing formula out in the big wide world:

  • Open sterilised bottles

  • Decant portioned formula powder from the little container into each bottle

  • Cover powder with boiling hot water from flask 1

  • Use flask 2 to top up with cool boiled water to the required amount of feed

Now that I take the two different temperatures of water out with us, I am able to put together their feeds in minimum time. That means no hysterical babies and a happy Mumma. The only downside is the weight of my rucksack, but if I gain a toned back and slightly smaller waist from traipsing it around town, then I’ll take one for the team.

So that brings us to the end of our feeding blog special. Thank you for joining us over this weekend.

 

Experiences With Formula?

What are your experiences of feeding with formula? Have you any tips on using formula to feed your babies? Let us know in the comments section below.

 

 

Looking for more twin inspiration? Browse our other twin topic pages from the links below, or come and say hi on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest. We would love to hear from you!

 

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Expressing And Feeding Twins At The Same Time (Part 2)

Expressing And Feeding Twins At The Same Time

Following on from my last post, I was open minded about how I was going to feed our twins. I had the intention of expressing so that others could also have the joy of helping to feed, whilst still giving them nutritious breast milk. However, I was realistic in the fact that feeding two babies solely on breast milk was not going to be an easy and straightforward option.

A friend advised me to pump very regularly and for long periods of time to get my body used to the demand of milk. I was trying to feed two mouths after all. So I started pumping after every bottle feed (which was every 2-3 hours) for half an hour at a time (even if I could only pump milk for 20 minutes, I would still continue to express for the full half an hour). Even writing that now makes me feel exhausted. I was very native to how tiring expressing would be. After every pumping session I felt like I had endured a mini marathon with two Dyson hoovers attached to me. Glamorous.

 

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Expressed breast milk, using the Meleda double breast pump

 

 

As time went on, I could see the amount of breast milk increasing every few days. At the peak of expressing each baby would only need one feed of formula and the rest would be breast milk (very proud Mumma). The one down side I found with this routine was I was constantly feeding, either physically giving the babies their bottles or expressing. I was a glorified, exhausted cow.

How To Feed And Express Simultaneously

I was challenged with a conundrum. I wanted to try and figure out a way that I could be more efficient with my time so that I didn’t have to spend all of my waking hours (which happened to be all day and all night) feeding and expressing. I thought to myself: when I am feeding the babies, does it not make sense to pump at the same time…?

Was I joking? No. Was I mad? Possibly a tiny bit. Impossible? Not at all.

It was more about timing and organisation. I set up my own breast pumping pack so that everything was organised and ready to use for each expressing session:

 

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My breast pumping pack that I put together so that everything was in the same place

 

 

 

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All of the items that were included in my breast pumping pack

 

 

My breast pumping pack included:

  • Medela swing maxi double breast pump

  • Hands-free expressing bra

  • Mama Mio Keep Calm nipple balm

  • Kitchen roll paper for any spills / to wipe up as you detach the pumps

So this was how I successfully pumped and fed the twins at the same time (if you are going to try this, just to reassure you that this was not successful straight away. It took many attempts, a lot of wasted milk and numerous words of frustration, before I could do this effectively. Don’t be disheartened if it is not successful straight away, practise makes perfect).

  • Have the breast pump set up and ready to use

  • When it is almost time to feed your baby, put the hands-free breast pump bra on

  • Prepare baby bottles ready to feed

  • Put babies in curved cushions, attach the breast pumps to your bra, start pumping and feed babies at the same time

  • Once you have finished feeding the babies, wind them, detach the pumps and store your milk in breast milk bags (A little tip: ALWAYS remember to use nibble balm straight after each pumping session to keep your nipples moisturised and sore-free)

Once I got the hang of it, this was the routine that I followed for every feed. In truth, I felt like super mum. I had worked out how to simultaneously express and feed the twins, which meant I could gain a little bit of my own time back (which, to be honest, was spent cleaning, bathing, food shopping, doing the laundry etc etc etc…but it was my time nonetheless).

However, after 2 months of feeding the babies on breast milk, I had to make the tough decision to move onto full time formula feeding.

Coming Up On My Next Post…

Read my next post to find out about my experiences of using formula to feed our twins.

To come: How I stopped expressing to move onto formula, how I pack formula to take out for the day and my experiences of sterilising MAM bottles.

 

 

Looking for more twin inspiration? Browse our other twin topic pages from the links below, or come and say hi on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest. We would love to hear from you!

 

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Feeding Twins (Part 1)

How To Feed Twins

Before the babies blessed us with their presence, I did an ample amount of research around feeding. In theory it should have been simple: baby hungry. Adult feed baby. Baby full. Baby happy. But alas! When you have twins, it’s not quite as easy as A, B, C…

As soon as it was common knowledge that I was expecting twins, people would immediately comment on how it would be impossible to breastfeed two babies. Now, I am not suggesting that this would not have been a hard, even gruelling task, but not technically impossible. I wanted to keep an open, realistic mind. I said to myself: I would like to try and express to feed our babies so that my husband Pete could help, whilst giving the babies the best nutrition. If it doesn’t work out, for whatever reason, then formula it is. A fed baby is best, right?

 

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How to feed twins simultaneously. Use a curved cushion to keep your babies still whilst you feed them at the same time. Here is Daddy tandem bottle feeding our baby twins. He looks rather proud of himself!

 

 

Once I had accepted that I would not put pressure on myself to feed in one particular way, I felt quite calm about it all. Being the organised fairy that I am, I wanted to purchase all of the products that I needed for expressing, as well as formula, quite early on in my pregnancy. I bought a second-hand double breast pump from eBay (have you SEEN how much they are brand new??), MAM baby bottles (these have been fab! Will talk more about these in another post) as well as formula powder and breastmilk storage bags. I was equipped and ready for every eventuality.

However, one thing I wasn’t organised with and severely regretted not doing during my pregnancy was not reading the instructions on how to actually use the breast pump or how to sterilise the baby bottles. Now imagine, post emergency C-section, 10.30pm finally discharged from hospital and stumbling through our front door with two screaming, ravenous babies…and I needed to sit down and read an instruction manual on how to make this sucking contraption work before my boobs exploded…terrific. Don’t do this at home people. Learn from this. READ INSTRUCTIONS IN ADVANCE. You will not have the energy or mental capacity to do this straight after birth. My bad.

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How to feed twins at the same time. Use curved cushions to keep your babies in place whilst you feed them. Here are our baby twins sitting in curved cushions ready to be bottle fed.

 

 

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Simultaneously bottle feeding baby twins. Sometimes we have to wind and feed at the same time too!

 

Feeding Twins Simultaneously

The one thing that really stuck in my mind when researching the most effective ways to feed twins was to feed them at the same time. This enables both babies to be on the same schedule, thus helping you to avoid becoming a feeding conveyor belt. So from day one that was what we did. If one baby woke up for their feed, the other one would get fed. It didn’t take long for the twins to become in sync with each other and wanting to be fed at the same time. I was lucky that Pete had three weeks with us at home, as well as my in-laws staying for two weeks, so I had support to feed the twins at the same time. But what was I to do when I was on my own with two hungry little humans?  

I needed an item that would help keep the babies in position so that I could feed them both on my own. That was when I stumbled across these fantastic curved pillows (or doughnuts as Pete and I call them, see in photograph). These enabled us to independently and simultaneously feed our twins. The first time I did this successfully, I honestly felt like I was winning at life (can I get an applause and a gold sticker please?) I felt so proud that we had cracked how to single-handedly feed baby twins. Now all I had to do was master how to express to feed two babies at the same time. Piece of cake…?

Coming Up On Our Next Post…

Part two: My experiences of expressing and feeding twins at the same time. Yes, you read that right..AT THE SAME TIME! Check it out!

 

 

Looking for more twin inspiration? Browse our other twin topic pages from the links below, or come and say hi on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest. We would love to hear from you!

You may also be interested in:

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