I'm just thinking about what to put in my hospital bag and have what might be a stupid question! I'm having twins and I'm not planning on breastfeeding so do I take formula, bottles, etc with me or do the hospitals have their own formula they use?
I'm not an agresssive breastfeeding pusher, I promise, but can I ask why you've ruled it out straight away? Only because breastfeeding twins might turn out easier than bottlefeeding them...washing/sterilising/making up bottles for two babies is a lot of work, plus the cost of formula for two babies...you can feed twins simultaneously, and you could supplement with formula later on if you wanted to (or switch to formula if it's not for you) - but it's easier to give up breastfeeding having tried than to not try and then change your mind that you'd like to give it a go. If you at least gave them the colostrum for the first few days it would be so beneficial to their health, and you never know, you might decide to stick with it. Plus it's a quick and easy way to soothe babies to sleep, which might help with twins!
I have brought a box and am taking a couple with me to hospital I got the ready made bottles that the hospitals supply. Was unprepared last time and due to complications really wasn't in the right frame of mind to breastfeed but thankfully they supplied me with FF. This time I am going in prepared for everything.
I'm going back to work pretty much straight away and also am going to try quite a strict routine (Gina Ford style) so it will be easier for me to know exactly how much they have had which is not so easy when breastfeeding.
Thanks for the advice anyway though. I still may try to do the first 2 days colostrum bit yet - am still unsure.
(not pushing breastfeeding either - think it should be totally up to the individual mother - but wanted to add some input).
My LO naturally gravitated towards a GF style routine (VERY similar timings!) by 5/6 weeks old. I was breastfeeding (did until 11 months) and "breastfed to routine" (and not "on demand") all those months. It really worked for us: LO started sleeping through by 3 months. Also both LO and I always "knew where we were": I could get on and do things inbetween feeds a d he never cried with hunger.... I didn't worry about how much breastmilk LO was getting - just fed him to the routine a d he piled on the weight like a little bruiser! ;)
Yes things ate different with twins (and, from what friends with twins have said, good routine is key to parental survival), but just wanted to say that "breastfeeding and GF style routine are very compatible".
Not sure if this your first DC, but it was mine. I bought formula and went very much with the attitude "I'll see how it goes". LO was a natural breastfeeder (straight after ELCS) and I got no pain/cracking/bleeding (used lots of Lansinoh). We were incredibly lucky and - despite my fears - it just worked.
So, you never know.... Good luck whatever you decide
You can ask the consultant or call the labour ward - I'm having twins in a week and a half (if they stay put until then) and the lovely mw on the labour ward told me to call with any questions. Most do tours too so if you did a tour you could ask then.