I’m working on an article for Preemie Magazine (www.preemiemagazine.com
). It will appear in the Jan/Feb edition, and the subject is breastmilk for preemie multiples (twins, triplets, or more). So if you are a mom of prematurely born mutiples and have provided human milk for your babies – pumped, nursed, or a combo of both – I would love to hear from you. Length of time doesn’t matter – whether it was 3 days, 3 weeks, 3 months or 3 years.
I’m looking for short (say, a paragraph or a couple of sentences) anecdotes – some ideas I thought of were:
What was helpful to you (could be things people said, or did, etc)?
What wasn’t helpful?
Was there any gear (pumps, nursing pillows, scales) that was especially helpful for you?
What was the hardest thing about providing milk to more than one baby?
What was the best part?
Were you encouraged to begin pumping for your babies after their birth?
Any kangaroo care stories :)?
If you put your babies to breast, what was the learning process like?
If you tandem nursed, what was that like?
What was it like providing breast milk after leaving the NICU – was it harder, easier? Why?
But please feel free to share anything you’d like new moms of preemie multiples to know about providing breast milk for their babies.
And also, of course, what type of multiples you have, how you got them the milk (nursing, pumping, or both), and how long you did it. And name and general location,although these can certainly be changed for privacy purposes if you prefer.
If interested, I will need to hear back from you by Saturday (Oct 28). Thanks so much for your time and consideration – I look forward to hearing back from you.