I knew, even when I was still pregnant, that I planned on breastfeeding the girls. However, I was not fully prepared for what a challenge it would be. I set several mini-goals for breastfeeding. The last goal I set was to get to the six month mark.
Once we got to six months, I knew we were in it for the long haul.I figured at this point it would be silly (and expensive) to give up on nursing. By this six-month mark my supply was very well established and the girls were, in general, very efficient nursers. We seemed to have gotten past that tricky point where my milk did not seem to be satisfying enough.
The day I had the ultrasound that revealed that my much anticipated fifth baby was also to be my sixth as well, I had two fears immediately flash into my head. The first was fear of a c-section, my second was the fear that I'd not be able to breastfeed two babies at once.
I'm a twin mom.
We're a growing group of mothers, as multiple births are on the rise. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, twins represent 32.6 out of every 1,000 births in the US. That number has risen sharply since 1984, which points to fertility treatments and women giving birth at older ages. Older women are much more likely to give birth to twins or triplets.
That knowledge does not making twinning any less shocking.
I discovered that I was carrying twins at age 37, at a routine 21 week ultrasound! (At least I finally figured out why I was so sick and tired!)
So what are some of the known factors for spontaneous twinning?...