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Old 08-14-2008, 12:06 PM   #1
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Help: BFing twins and need nutrition advice

Mama's I need your help, and am hoping that I won't get any snarky "I hate you, and wish I had THAT problem" type comments, because I always seem to get those a lot and they hurt.

I am breastfeeding my now 6 month old twins and have exclusively since they were born. They seem to be happy healthy kiddos and are actively trying to figure out how to crawl now that they have mastered rolling over. My problem is that I am continuing to drop weight. I have always been blessed with a high metabolism and tend to "bounce" back quickly after having a baby, but I'm concearned that I'm loosing too much weight this time around. I was 120-125 before I got pregnant and I am now down to 113 (I weighed this morning). I haven't weighed this little since before I had kids at all. It's got me worried.

So, I need all your best good nutrition, weight gain advice. I want to make sure that all 3 of us are getting all the food that we need, especially since I know all the good stuff is going to the twins, I want to make sure I'm still getting what I need. Any suggestions are appriciated

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Old 08-14-2008, 01:47 PM   #2
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I really do wish I had that problem! But, it's still a problem. How about foods high in the good fat? Like avocado and nuts? Maybe a milkshake if you like milk? Um.... just more volume of food? What do you do now? If the avg bf'ing mom needs 300 - 500 more calories a day you would need 600 - 1000 for twins right? Are you making that many calories a day? Oh, and WTG mama for ebf'ing twins for 6 months. You rock!
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Old 08-14-2008, 02:42 PM   #3
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Have you thought about having your thyroid checked?

I have a friend who was EBFing (just one of course) and started to lose a lot of weight in a short amount of time. Her milk supply was fine, and her baby didn't suffer at all, but she was getting smaller than she was comfortable with. She went in and they checked her thyroid hormone levels. She had Hyperthyroidism, where your thyroid is overactive. I'm not sure exactly what the treatment was but she got back up to a *normal* (whatever that is, LOL) weight and began feeling better.

Also, as pp said, you need an extra 1000 cal/day for your nursing needs, on top of what you should be eating for just yourself (anywhere from 1500-2500 depending on you lifestyle). I like ice cream for an extra punch of calories. Hagen Daas makes some gooood flavors.

Your body will make the best milk possible for your babies no matter what, so try not to worry about them. Even malnourished women (not that I am saying you are, you don't sound malnourished at all) can BF their LO and get them the nutrition they need. Just a little FYI in case you're really worried about the babes.
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I think that it is important to get at least the 2600 calories a day and remeber that protein is very important so I was reading that lots of mom's get enough calories while nursing but not enough protein so they were loosing a lot of weight fast.
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I am not sure but i just wanted to say
1: Go you for BFing twins! It is so much work to just BF 1!
2: Your babies are adorable!!!
3: I agree with people that as strange as it is, you will still produce healthy milk for your babies even if you seem not perfectly healthy(not that you aren't)
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Re: Help: BFing twins and need nutrition advice

It does sound like you may be losing too much weight... I have been able to maintain my weight, even gain a little by eating higher protein/fatty foods. I have to avoid dairy (high volumes... butter and such is okay with the girls) and eggs in whole form. Hard boiled eggs and grilled cheese sandwiches were a favorite when I was PG with the twins. I also make a loaf of banana bread twice a week and oatmeal cookies with dried fruit & choc. chips.

Your twins are adorable and I'm so glad to see another EBF set of twins!
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Yay for BFing twins!!! I haven't had that problem, but I would suggest going to the doc as well. I know how hard it is to eat healthy with caring for twins. I eat LOTS of nuts, they are really easy to grab and high in fat. what type of milk do you drink? Maybe switch to whole.I hope you can get it figured out!
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Old 08-15-2008, 12:02 AM   #8
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Hello I am a new mother of twins...also exclusively BF> I'm a nurse and Wellness Consultant as well. I cannot say that I have had your same issue (the opposite actually...coming off very slow) but will give any advise/support I can. I have a great book to suggest...it was my bible when I was PG with my 2, now 4 mo. "When you are expecting twins, triplets, or quads...proven guidelines for a healthy multiple pregnancy" by Dr. Barbara Duke and Tamara Eberlein. She is a clinical specialist in multiples and the book is big on nutrition for Mom's of twins. There are even great recipies for nursing mom's. Nursing 2 your body requires between 1,000-1,200 extra cal/day. That can mean a total of over 3200 cal/day. If you have less...you will loose weight. It is very important for your health to drink 10 glasses of milk a day. I mix mine w/choc. nesquick...makes it easier to down that much...but if this is something you like ...a little way to add cals. You can also do whole milk....adds up quick in the cal. area. Eat bigger portions and more often. From what I have read it is true as long as you are generally eating healthy...the nutritional value of breastmilk stays pretty constant. Your body will take from you if needed to give to the babes. This is why the milk is so important for you. Healthy oils is good as well. The book says 140 grams of healthy fats/day for us. you could get some flax oil and add a table spoon or two to meals/shakes...whatever you would like. Great way to add dense cals. One more word of advise...I discovered though much research an amazing state-of-the-art whole food supplement that contains the extracts of 17 of the healthiest fruits and vegetables in powdered, capsule, chewable. and gummys form. It is the only supplement I take. I took it my entire pregnancy. I cannot remember the last time i have been sick and I have amazing energy for the amt. of sleep I get with the 2! I was so impressed by this supplement and what it did for me and for the twins health that I became a distributor and now my hus. and I do wellness workshops for fams/businesses in Maine and have a virtual franchise. The name of the product is Juice Plus. You can check it out at our website: wwwclarkfamilyjuicepluscom So now that I have puked all this twin info. on you...probably more than you wanted to know! But hope could help. Will supportcha any way I can. And you go for giving those two little babes the very best from the breast! One dedicated Mommy!

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Old 08-15-2008, 07:07 AM   #9
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Re: Help: BFing twins and need nutrition advice

Thanks for the supprot mamas. It sounds like I need to actually count, or keep track of my callories. I've never really done that before. I'll write down everything I eat and see where I come out. Sounds like I need to be getting some vanilla icecream. I have a Carnation instant breakfast shake every morning (sometimes 2) so I can add icecream to that to make it a real shake prett easily. We are BIG milk drinkers in our house. With 3 small children (not counting the twins) DH and I, we easily go through 6-8 gallons a week. From what you all say, it seems to make a lot of sense that I've been craving high protien, dense foods, like cheese and chicken nuggets.

I'm going to try to make up some other quick to grab foods this week. Breakfast burritos, waffles, and breakfast breads (cinnimon raisen and banana). I'll also talk to my doctor when I take the twins in for their 6 month checkup (we're a little late) he's family practice, so he's my doctor too.

I was really worried when I was pregnant that we wouldn't be able to bf, but so far so good. There seems to be more than enough milk to go around. I'm very pleased that we have made it this long. I knew the twins were getting all the good stuff. I was more worried about me.
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Old 08-15-2008, 07:47 AM   #10
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Re: Help: BFing twins and need nutrition advice

you've gotten great advice! And kudos for doing so well with twins. you must spend your entire day with a baby at the breast. I don't know how you do it! I had a hard time keeping weight on with my second daughter who exclusively nursed until 11months. I found that copious amts of avocados helped along with things like egg salad, bagels topped with cheese, and a protein smoothie everyday. Still it was NOT easy keeping the weight on but I fluctuated between 115 and 125. 125 was at the low end of a good weight for me. Now I'm 140lbs at 7 months postpartum and can't seem to shake the last 10lbs I need gone.
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