Making the decision to induce lactation is, I think, the best decision I've made in a long long time. As any mothers reading this blog can probably imagine, breast feeding triplets is no easy task! Sometimes we nail it and other times we flop. And when I say we, I mean the five of us collectively. The babies each have their individual strengths and eccentricities about nursing. Ellie, for example, really likes to have her hand up over her face like this when she's nursing. :)
As I mentioned in another post, the kiddos all still need some supplementation beyond what they're able to get directly from the breast because of their low endurance. So as if breast feeding three babies wasn't tricky enough, we have to try to juggle the supplement contraption and try to slyly sneak the tube into the "just right spot" in their mouths without them noticing. It often takes more than a few tries to find the sweet spot where their suction actually pulls the supplement into their mouths. And this is completely impossible to do when trying to nurse two at once! Oh, and I forgot to mention the poor Michelle also has to juggle a shield that makes it easier for their tiny little mouths to latch on.
We've both had our moments where we've been in, or on the verge of, tears but even when it's hard we have been keeping a pretty good sense of humor. Our favorite lactation consultant at the hospital said if the kiddos are too sleepy just put them on our chest "in the breastaurant" and they'll let us know when they want to eat. So we repeatedly joke about the "breastaurant," which helps, particularly when things are not going well. And those moments when everything clicks are so priceless that it's all worth it.