Yes, you read that right, but no, I am not breastfeeding twins. I am only breastfeeding one 10-month old little boy, and that is enough for me! I have been fortunate that I have been able to breastfeed both of my children, so I’m a huge supporter of breastfeeding. Anya breastfed until around 15 months when she weaned herself and Felix is going strong at 10 months. I often wonder if I would have been as successful if I had given birth to twins. The thought of breastfeeding two babies and responding to the feeding demands of both of them overwhelms me just thinking about it, but I have finally met someone who has done it.
Over the past several weeks, I have had the pleasure of reading and reviewing a book by Mercedes Donis. It is called Twin Manibreasto: A Success Story of Milk and Multiples. I have to say that it was a really great book, mostly because of how easy it was to read. I almost felt like Mercedes was talking to me. Even as a breastfeeding mother of only one 10-month old son, reading Mercedes’ book gave me so much more confidence that I can get through the sleepless nights and continue to breastfeed to at least 1 year (and probably beyond that!). In fact, when I read what Mercedes’ schedule was like the first few weeks after her babies were born, I almost feel bad about complaining about my son not sleeping through the night! Nevertheless, it made me feel that if she could breastfeed twins while dealing with her husband being away and undergoing surgery not long after their births, then I could breastfeed my one child without having all those things to deal with. Her book is a real-life story about successfully breastfeeding twins, and she would certainly be a vote of confidence to women who would like to do the same.
Not only does Mercedes tell her story, but she also offers some great advice about other ways you can use breast milk, what kinds of things she found helpful in the early days right after her twins were born, tips on how to produce enough milk to feed two babies (always a concern, even with one baby!), and how she prepared herself before her little ones had even arrived.
If you or someone you know is expecting twins, you will really want to purchase this book, so don’t pass this one up! You can purchase it as a PDF here, and if you want to learn more about Mercedes, she blogs over at Project Procrastinot.