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Since I worked nights, at firstespecially I In if their second Since I wo they are own. When in doubt, nursed my twins when I got home year of breastnursed my related. hum. from work in the morning, then in the feeding the twins to help you. The NHS does not have from work middle of the day, then as soon as I probably reduced to two or three the resources to fund extensive middle of t got up in the afternoon. When they times per day. By 30 months it was breastfeeding courses, their got up in t the just telephone Simplify life. Throw out and the best woke up in woke up in the night (which ofLet course once a day, and their last knowledge is limited answering machine do about tenthe and goever give is to they did in they did in the earlier months) my breastfeed occurred daysschedules advice they could partner gave them expressed milk after their third birthday. I say provide the numbers of the dedicated partner gav its job. with the flow. with a bottle. As they got older and ‘about’ because we didn’t know it support groups who can arrange a with a bott started weaning onto solids I dropped was going to be the last one, it’s only visit (free of charge) if needed. started wea the mid-day feed and was able to get four weeks later when you look back the mid-da Be confident. Be proud. It takes time to learn all a full day’s sleep. By using an electric and say to yourself ‘Oh yes, I think WITH SPECIAL THANKS TO KAREN FOR HER WONDERFUL a full day’s new things. With hospital-grade double pump (one we’ve finished.’ No trauma, no fuss, ACCOUNT OF RAISING HER TWINS. hospital-gr prectice, you get better which pumps both breasts no engorged breasts, no mastitis, just which pum simultaneously) I minimised the timeSnuggle. nature’s way of doing it. La Leche League GB: www.laleche.org.uk simultaneo Cuddle. Snooze. every day. needed for pumping and maximised National Childbirth Trust: www.nct.org.uk needed for the amount of breast milk I could get. I am certain that a large proportion of Association of Breastfeeding Mothers: www.abm.me.uk the amoun 25 9 37

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