web analytics

Breastfeeding Magazine

Breastfeeding Triplets?



Rose shares her story about providing breast milk to her premature babies instead of separately breastfeeding triplets. 
Submitted by Rose (Georgia, USA)

When I learned that I would be having triplets I was positive that breast feeding them would be impossible. So I started doing my research and the more I researched and educated myself the more I knew that not only could I do it was very important that I breast feed them. Triplets do not make it to a full term pregnancy, resulting in the babies being in the NICU. Premature babies thrive and will fair better if they have the chance to get breast milk. It was not a choice for me when I read this.

I was given the option to rent a hospital grade pump, I knew that breastfeeding triplets at one time would be impossible, So I made the decision to pump and give them the bm in a bottle. I started pumping within hours of them being born, they were able to receive my breast milk right away.

Breastfeeding Triplets

In the beginning I was able to keep up with them, after all they did not eat that much 5CC’s to start. However, there did come a time that I could not produce enough milk for all of them, so I had to supplement with formula. I was able to provide them with pumped breast milk till they were nine months old. At which time my doctors told me I had to stop, it was taking too much out of me, I was anemic and had to have two pints of blood when they were born. I was almost to the point of needing a third bag. Plus I had lost way too much weight.

I was able to provide them with so much milk by pumping for twenty minutes every time they ate. Yes this was a huge time commitment for me, this meant that I would feed each of them a bottle and then go pump for 20 minutes at every feeding, even the night ones. I knew the sacrifice I was making for them was well worth it.

If I can manage this so can you..

Where Would You Like to Go Next?


Want to read more great Breastfeeding Stories from moms like you or Submit Your Own Breastfeeding Story?

…or to see our breastfeeding supplies Top 10 list?

….or meet other breastfeeding moms in our breastfeeding forums?


Return from Breastfeeding Triplets to
Breastfeeding Magazine Home Page