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World Breastfeeding Week
Hey, did you know that it's World Breastfeeding Week?

I've been breastfeeding my triplets for 10 1/2 months now, and I love it. It makes me feel ... well, I feel like my body isn't betraying me. And I love that my babies are bonded to me, even Abby who doesn't breastfeed, but gets my milk. She shows a definite preference for my milk over formula.

I never thought it would be possible to do this. I thought I'd pump for them while they were in the NICU and I thought maybe I'd struggle through a couple weeks at home, but I never really thought I'd make it through a whole year. And now I find myself wondering if I'll be ready to give this up when they turn a year old next month.

I have these three babies - these three that started out teeny, tiny, helpless babies, that have grown from as tiny as 2 1/2 pounds (Abby) and are now as big as 20 pounds (Sam) and I helped do that!

So, um, go me!

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ichur72 From: ichur72 Date: August 5th, 2008 05:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yes, go you! I give you so much credit for sticking with it this long, esp. with all the pumping you've had to do (at work and at home, to boot).
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: August 6th, 2008 01:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
I probably pump as much as I nurse. Maybe more.
suburban_mom From: suburban_mom Date: August 5th, 2008 05:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
totally go you!!!!! I wish I'd been able to breastfeed WeeBoy when he'd come home from the NICU [he was 30wks gestation 2lbs 6oz] but there was NO WAY he wanted the boob and pumping exhausted me so much i was losing my mind.

GO YOU!!!!!
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: August 5th, 2008 05:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
Abby was 2 lb 6 oz in the NICU - she's the one who never was able to breastfeed and the one I pump for exclusively. I don't know whether I would have had the stamina for pumping full time had I not also been pumping for/breastfeeding 2 others. Who knows?
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estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: August 5th, 2008 09:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
1. Breastfeeding triplets is very draining.
2. In order to return to Ye Old Fertility Clinic, I must fully wean the babies.
3. If I choose not to return to Ye Old Fertility Clinic, there is medication that I need to be on in order to be fully functional that I cannot take while breastfeeding.
rlitterst From: rlitterst Date: August 5th, 2008 06:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
Go you! That is wonderful that you've been able to do that. I'm so sad I wasn't able to do it longer than 6 weeks for Sarah *sigh*
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: August 6th, 2008 01:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think you should look at it another way: many women either can't or don't even bother to get in even six weeks of BF with their babies. You gave Sarah an incredible gift, and got an experience many women never have.
therollingdice From: therollingdice Date: August 5th, 2008 06:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
Wow, you bet go you!! I have a 5mo and it is very time-consuming. Imagine 3 babies.

I did bf my 1st one till 13mo and he kinda self-weaned. So I hope to get to bf my 2nd one also till about then.

Congrats. and keep on going.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: August 6th, 2008 11:14 am (UTC) (Link)
it's definitely more time consuming with three babies, though admittedly, I have no right to compare since I never had one.
mrn613 From: mrn613 Date: August 5th, 2008 06:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
You are a superwoman!
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: August 6th, 2008 11:09 am (UTC) (Link)
I also leap tall buildings in a single bound.
indigodove From: indigodove Date: August 5th, 2008 06:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think that would have to be among the best feelings in the world. I am very happy for you!
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: August 6th, 2008 01:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's a good feeling because I know I beat the odds at something. And because I know I'm doing something for my babies that no one else can do.
alexisbean From: alexisbean Date: August 5th, 2008 06:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
I remember getting an "I breastfeed" or something water bottle about 3-4 years ago during world breastfeeding week :) LOL I never used the water bottle, but I still liked having it :)

after weaning my youngest baby 6 weeks ago at 21 months...I still miss it, but am so grateful for the great bond it gave me with my kids.

You have done amazing and your kids are so blessed that you've put so much of yourself into them(literally!!).

So ummm...go YOU!!!
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: August 6th, 2008 11:11 am (UTC) (Link)
I want a water bottle!
galads_forest From: galads_forest Date: August 5th, 2008 08:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yay for you! There are boobs beyond a year. Sefi hit a year this week and I have no plans to wean him (I'm a major boob addict and so is he.)

Btw, I can't believe Sam is 20lbs! He beats Sefi out by a whole pound!
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: August 5th, 2008 09:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
I know I could breastfeed beyond a year, but: 1. breastfeeding triplets is very draining, and 2. in order to return to Ye Old Fertility Clinic, the babies must be fully weaned. Therefore, soon after the babies reach a year, I plan to start weaning them.
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estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: August 5th, 2008 09:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
yep. well, he was 19 pounds 15 ounces on my scale (but it IS a baby scale, so I have full confidence in its accuracy). He had, admittedly, just eaten breakfast. Abby was 16 pounds 6 ounces and Ellie was 18 pounds 14 ounces. They had all just eaten breakfast.
hap_e From: hap_e Date: August 5th, 2008 11:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
it is SO inspiring!

I'm planning to do the same, but not sure how it is going to work out . . .


I was wondering whether you were only breastfeeding all 3 (before 6 months) or supplementing with formula?
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: August 5th, 2008 11:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
My babies did not get a drop of formula until they were 5 months and 2 days old. When I went back to work, I couldn't quite keep up with the demand of pumping for all three of them in between meetings and whatnot, so they were supplemented somewhat. They got about 6oz of formula per day. Abby gets the least formula per day because she hates it, and I figure she misses out on the actual breastfeeding experience anyway, so she "deserves" it.
hap_e From: hap_e Date: August 5th, 2008 11:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
oh, wow..........

that's amazing!!!

if smb could actually do that - i'll also try!!!!!

:)


thanks for posting these details!!!!
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: August 6th, 2008 11:10 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm not the only one who's done it. I know other triplet moms who have done it, too.
hap_e From: hap_e Date: August 6th, 2008 01:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
one more question, if u don't mind :)

Did you use breast pump? And if YES - which one.


I'm trying to decide between hospital pump and Ameda double pump . . .

Thanks in advance.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: August 6th, 2008 01:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
Of course I use a breast pump. I had to pump for them in the NICU and then while they were learning to breastfeed. Abby never was able to learn to breastfeed, so she received all her milk as expressed breastmilk (still does), and once I went back to work, the majority of the babies' feedings became expressed BM feedings.

I use a hospital-grade rental Medela Symphony at home and a Medela Pump in Style Advanced at work. I don't like the Ameda pumps.
hap_e From: hap_e Date: August 6th, 2008 02:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
thanks! :)

for some reason there are web-sites that rate Ameda higher than Medela Pump in Style.
I'll probably change my mind and go for Medela since it is the most popular.
Moreover, YOU used it efficiently :)
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: August 6th, 2008 02:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
The Ameda pumps work really well; however, I don't like the flanges.

That being said, given a choice between the hospital grade Medela Symphony and ANY non-hospital grade pump, I would hands-down recommend having the Symphony. I only have the Pump-in-Style for Portability's sake, but the truth is, if I weren't working, the Symphony isn't IMPOSSIBLE to take with me if I need to in a pinch.
hannahsarah From: hannahsarah Date: August 6th, 2008 04:08 am (UTC) (Link)
You are SO amazing!

I totally understand the whole thing about "your body betraying you". Breastfeeding is one of the most wonderful, satisfying things I've ever done, and after 20 years of really hating my body, it was very healing for me to be able to do that.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: August 6th, 2008 11:10 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm not so amazing; my babies are.
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