Meet Real Mom Shanda & Her Twin Boys!
I work full time as in-house counsel for a Government contractor and I’m the mother of 8 month old twin boys. Like all working moms, I find it challenging to balance my career with life as a first time mom. As they say, there is no instruction manual. During my pregnancy several moms of multiples warned me that nursing would be “impossible,” but others were very encouraging. I resolved to give it a go and was thrilled to find milkmakers on my breastfeeding journey. With a lot of commitment and perseverance, along with really fabulous cookies, the boys and I have found nursing to be a truly rewarding experience.
I really struggled to maintain my supply when I returned to work after 3 months of maternity leave. I was literally pumping around the clock to ensure the boys had enough milk for the next day. Luckily I read about milkmakers on the popsugar blog around that same time. I started eating two per day and now not only do the boys have enough, I’ve got a little stash in the freezer too.
milkmakers have taken the stress out of nursing. There’s no more hoping and praying that I’ll produce enough for two hungry boys-I know I will. Not to mention, YUM!!!!
My boys have taught me: Don’t sweat the small stuff. If your babies are happy and healthy, you’re doing well (yes, even if there’s spit up on your shirt). I have changed since becoming a mom: Being a mom has really centered me. I stop to smell the roses a bit more than I did pre-kids.
I wish someone would have told me before having kids that: Even when you get sleep it’s not the really carefree deep sleep you could get before pregnancy/babies.
Advice & wisdom I can share with other new moms: I am generally a bit type-A in my approach to life but there are many, many things about parenting that you can’t anticipate. My new philosophy is go-with-the-flow!
I enjoy most about breastfeeding: The opportunity to bond with my babies and know that I’m giving them a healthy start in life. There’s nothing better than four sweet baby eyes looking up at you as if to say, “Mommy, you’re the best.”
The greatest reward: Chubby cheeks and thighs. I love looking at my thriving babies and knowing that my body made it possible.
Pumping tip: Go hands free whenever possible and multi-task. You can send lots of emails in the 10 or 15 minutes it takes to pump. I’ve even taken conference calls while pumping.
When I have a chance to “treat” myself to something: It is a mani-pedi!
Ainsley & Levi
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