Advice from Twin Moms I should’ve taken – Guest Blog for Stuff 4 Multiples
When I was asked to contribute an article recently as to why Twin Love Concierge was created, it brought me back to the realisation of how overwhelming it is to find out you are pregnant with multiples. A blessing but above anything a shock. I’d never actually stopped and documented what I wish I’d known. So here follows my suggestions, all done through a veil of tears as I want all Moms of Multiples to have the TLC they deserve.
Advice From Twin Moms I Should’ve Taken
When I was pregnant I read countless articles from parenting experts, seasoned moms and, of course, pediatricians about what to expect with twins. I covered everything: from sleeping arrangements and breastfeeding positions right through to how to keep illnesses from spreading between twins. Yet I was never confident that I was going to be able to really do it! In hindsight, what I should have done was speak to real twin moms, the ones who had been through it all and succeeded.
Here then, for you, are the top 5 pieces of advice from real twin moms that I should – and would – have taken. In sharing these, I hope that I also make at least one fellow twin mom smile:
#1 Breastfeeding is going to be hard and may not even be possible – having twins takes a huge toll on your body and often, if you have a c-section, it can take up to 4 weeks for your milk to come in. Having to supplement with formula does not make you a Bad Mom and will not affect your twins health. Do what you can and move forward with your best option. Do not, I repeat, DO NOT, feel you are a bad mother or question your decision purely because you can’t give them your own milk.
Shannon O’Reilly-Fearn is mommy to Florence and Lila, 22-month identical twin girls, as well as her “business triplet” Twin Love Concierge – the USA’s only twin exclusive maternity consultancy. Put on bedrest at 25 weeks, Shannon made it her mission to create a company that could provide the advice and support that she had needed but couldn’t find. To date, TLC has supported hundreds of twin parents nationwide by providing the opportunity to learn from renowned twin experts and meet fellow twin parents local to them. You can find more details on Twin Love Concierge here or twitter, facebook and instagram.