The week since my last doctors appointment for the twins has been a long one.
At my last appointment the babies were under their original birth weight.
So I started to supplement Sam with formula. I would try to breast feed them both then just top Sam up with 2 ounces of formula if he still seemed fussy. I was amazed how much of that stuff Sam would suck down. Aaron, on the other hand, refused the bottle all together.
At night I would give Sam one four ounce bottle of formula at the beginning of the night, and I would feed Aaron both breasts to try to fill him up as much as possible. I was hoping this would lengthen their sleep.
The past four nights Sam has had between a 5 and 8 hour stretch of sleep after his big formula feed. Aaron has had the occasional 5 hour stretch, but mostly it’s still every 3 hours. The main problem with the different schedules is that, as a result, I’m up basically all night feeding them at different times.
For example, last night after their 9pm feed, Aaron was up for feedings at 12am, 3am, and 6am. Sam didn’t wake for a feed until 1am, then 4am and 7am.
Now I’m trying to get Aaron to take one bottle at night. If I could get them both on a longer stretch my life would hopefully become a little less hazy during the days. I went out and bought a new brand of bottle, hoping this one will suit Aaron better. I’m going to try to feed him with pumped breast milk first, maybe that will help.
My doctor says to wake the other one up to feed when you feed the first one, but I’m finding it hard to do that at night. Seems like you might ruin any chance you have of them naturally lengthening their sleep?
The good news is that the boys weighted in this week well. Sam was 7 pounds 11 ounces, up an entire pound from last week. Aaron was 7 pounds 6 ounces (up from 6 pounds 11 ounces).Pin It