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 Post subject: Feeding Help
PostPosted: 30 Mar 2011 18:36 
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Ladies I need your help fairly urgently!

As you know the twins are premature, and wee Abbie had to go to neo natal. At the hospital they were feeding ok, but since being home it is a nightmare.
Neither twin will stay awake for the entire feed and as they were early we have to be really strict forcing them to take at least 40ml per feed. [smilie=sleeping.gif] [smilie=sleeping.gif] [smilie=sleeping.gif] They last about 15 - 20 minutes wide awake and then are practically comotose. We have to pratically force feed the last 10 - 15mls. It is taking us well over an hour per child per feed. Which we have been told is a mega no no [nono] They are not eating enough which terrifies Neil and I, but have tried every trick in the book to keep them awake. Include Ella jumping all over them. Nada!
Any tips please ladies. We are exhausted as you can imagine and worried sick. We need them to eat to gain weight, but feel like we are force feeding :(
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 Post subject: Re: Feeding Help
PostPosted: 30 Mar 2011 19:11 
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my friend had twins so try what she did,try on your knee but faceing you with one hand behind her,and no snuggly blankets or cuddles. i cant promise it will work tho ,so good luck and cograts to you all they are beautifull x just had another thort, when they get sleepy try and give the rest of the feed with a spoon.good luck.


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 Post subject: Re: Feeding Help
PostPosted: 30 Mar 2011 19:14 
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It must be so hard for you both at present - unfortnatelyI can't offer any advise as mine were all good enough weights, and I breastfed, so they fed almost constantly.


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 Post subject: Re: Feeding Help
PostPosted: 30 Mar 2011 20:29 
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Sorry I dont have any advice, can you speak to your Midwife asap? I wouldnt leave it too long before speaking to someone as you dont want them to lose too much weight.
Just wanted to say - I love your siggy! The girls are absolutely gorgeous! x


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 Post subject: Re: Feeding Help
PostPosted: 30 Mar 2011 21:20 
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Hi Fi,

Huge congratulations <3

Mine were in neo too and we were also given the same speech about feeding.

Things that worked for us were :

* undo their clothing when they start to drop off
* keep a cup of cool (not cold) water near by, when they start to drop off pop your finger in the water and dab it onto the end of their nose or behind the ear lobes.
* gently pinch their big toe
* tickle the palm of their hand.

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 Post subject: Re: Feeding Help
PostPosted: 30 Mar 2011 23:01 
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I can't be of any help either I'm afraid Fi. Oscar was a fat bloater and as I breastfed him, he couldn't get enough!

A friend of mine had twins and she said that she found laying the twins either side of her on the sofa (with their heads slightly elevated), the best way to feed them without them falling asleep.

I hope they start feeding enough soon. Massive congratulations again Fi! :D

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 Post subject: Re: Feeding Help
PostPosted: 31 Mar 2011 07:24 
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I used to blow on Elijah's face when she started nodding off too early!
Hope Charlotte's tricks work hun x

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 Post subject: Re: Feeding Help
PostPosted: 31 Mar 2011 09:58 
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Thanks ladies
will try them all. Last night Abbie ate really well but Katie is a real pest when feeding. grrrrrrrr Spoke to midwife yesterday and she suggested changing out bottles. We used Avent with Ella and no probs, but twins not liking it much. So ran out and bought Mam yesterday which seem to be better. Ella was such a grubber it is hard to see this pair struggle to eat.
Will keep you posted
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PostPosted: 31 Mar 2011 11:02 
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I have no words of wisdom for you Fee sorry! Lewis was always such a Horace and still is lol :lol:

Hope things start improving soon xx

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Charlotte has some great tips - hope they help you xx


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