Thursday, February 24, 2011

Our first donor :)

A wonderful momma contacted me saying that she had milk in her freezer that was going to go waste as she's moving out of town next month and can't take it with her. She would love for me to have it for my girls. She wasn't sure how much was there but it was around 40 bags of 2-6 oz a piece. We arranged a pick up time for this past Monday and we picked up what turned out to be 126oz of wonderful donor milk!

The girls were able to use the milk from Monday evening until this morning (Thursday morning) and we're officially out of milk now and looking for more donors.

In my search for donors I've spread out my plea on to Eats on Feets facebook locations in Minnesota, Mississippi, Ohio, Kentucky, Georgia, and Maryland. If you live in any of those locations and would like to see if my drop centers are close to you. Please feel free to message me! If you don't live in those locations but have a large amount of milk you would be willing to ship or would like to be a drop center in your area for me or would like to make a donation for my girls to help cover shipping costs and supplies for the milk transportation. Please contact me!

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Our Story

We found out we were pregnant on January 23rd, 2010. After trying for 4 months to conceive we were extatic and extremely hopeful that this would be our girl we were hoping for to complete our family by joining our two boys River who was 4 and Journey who was 2 at the time. Our due date was September 27th, 2010.
In February I went to the ER because I thought I was experiencing an ectopic pregnancy. The ultrasound tech who did my exam asked if twins ran in my family and when I told her they did not she responded with "They do now!" I was 6 weeks pregnant. When I was 9 weeks pregnant we confirmed the twin pregnancy by ultrasound.
At 17 weeks we found out that we were expecting identical twin GIRLS. We joke now that they were a buy one get one special. I spent the rest of my pregnancy obsessing over how to make breastfeeding twins work. I bought a twin nursing pillow, I read books geared toward tandem nursing, a joined support groups. I was ready for it.

The on 8/16/2010 my water broke at 4am at just 34 weeks pregnant. I went to the hospital where the girls were born just 2 short hours later by c-section.

Both girls came out breathing and yelling but they were small.

Kaeda Skye was born first at 8:04 am weighing 3 lbs 13 oz and 15.5 inches long

Ember Rayne joined her sister at 8:06am weighing 5 lbs 4 oz and 17.75 inches long

They spent 2 weeks in the NICU where I worked to try and get them latched on while pumping every two hours around the clock. Neither girl ever really latched on. I was determined to pump for them regardless. I pumped for 2 months for them while feeding and caring for them and their two older brothers. The girls were very high maintenance. They cried constantly. We took them back and forth to the doctor. They told us it was acid reflux and placed the girls on Zantac. After 2 weeks of trying the Zantac they hadn't gotten any better.

We returned to the doctor (they were now approaching 2 months of age and I had been exclusively pumping for them as neither girl ever figured out how to latch) and that's when they started pushing formula. They said they needed the extra calories. They said they need something that was lactose free. They said they needed something with rice in it. So I caved in and we started on Similac Sensitive RS. They got worse. We switched to Alimentum with a brief period of improvement. Then Nutrimagen Ready to feed.. Then finally we were put on Elecare which is an amino based formula that can only be ordered through the company who sells is for 35 dollars a can.

Mean while the girls spend their days screaming and resisting sleep and spitting up every time they eat. They are 6 months old and the doctors are now telling is it's just colic. I gave up breast feeding because I thought it was best for my girls and I regret not fighting harder every day. I feel like I've failed my girls. So with everything we've been through I have decided that I am going back to the basics and putting my daughters back on breast milk. However, this means I now I am desperate to find donors for my sweet girls. Desperate to bring them peace however I can.

Please please if you have the ability to help my sweet girls, every oz counts!
They currently require about 60-72 oz a day so that's a huge order to fill and every bit of help we can get matters to me greatly!

PLEASE help me give my daughters the best nature has to offer!
Contact me at or my drop centers to donate.