Success after initial concern with twins

Double happy . . . Chantal Davidson and Oliver Norris hold their twins Theo (left) and Maisie...
Double happy . . . Chantal Davidson and Oliver Norris hold their twins Theo (left) and Maisie Norris. PHOTO: THE STAR
While pregnant with her twins, Chantal Davidson thought she would want to breast-feed them but heard from other mothers of twins it could be challenging.

‘‘I always wanted to at least give it a go,’’ she said. ‘‘I did want to have the option to make it work if I could.’’

Twins Maisie and Theo Norris were born on July 14, about four weeks early.

The twins were ‘‘really alert’’ shortly after they were born and Maisie, in particular, was ready to breast-feed, she said.

She was thankful for the immediate support available to help feed the babies the colostrum she produced just before their birth.

Early on there was about half an hour’s difference between each of their feeding times, but she had been able to get them in sync.

Now she breast-fed them at the same time every three hours, she said.

Maisie was smaller than Theo and got tired more easily so had a feeding tube, which was removed once she got stronger.

They had both put on a healthy amount of weight since they were born.

When The Star visited them in the neonatal intensive care unit on Monday afternoon, Ms Davidson was waiting to get the green light to head home to Wanaka but was making the most of the support in the hospital.

‘‘It’s been kind of nice being here, knowing I have got that security.’’

The twins’ father Oliver Norris said the couple’s time in the hospital and the support they had received was ‘‘brilliant’’.

Big breast-feeding event coming up

The Dunedin Breastfeeding Network is organising the celebration to highlight the importance of breastfeeding in all our lives.

World Breastfeeding Week will be celebrated from August 1 to 7.

Special breast-feeding displays are located around town in libraries and Dunedin Hospital. If you are interested in learning more about breast-feeding, visit one — you are sure to learn something new.

The Dunedin Breastfeeding Network isorganising these events to raise awareness about the positive lifelong effects of breast-feeding. Not only does breast-feeding benefit both mothers’ and children’s health, it is also a climate-smart decision and helps protect the environment.

‘‘Breast-feeding is crucial, not only for people but also for the planet, and this is reflected in the theme for World Breastfeeding Week this year, Breast-feeding: Foundation of Life,’’ Dunedin Breastfeeding Network member and Southern DHB health promotion adviser Christine Quested said.

Bushie Calvert, manager of The Breast Room, the local Breastfeeding Peer Supporters, and a member of the network, believes ‘‘mothers need support to exclusively breast-feed [give their babies just breast milk and nothing else] for six months before they introduce other foods’’.

‘‘It’s the normal way to feed a baby but, unfortunately, most of our mothers don’t receive the support they need to do this. We are here to offer that support.’’

Click the links below to read more about World Breast Feeding Awareness Week:

Breast Room moves to new spot to help mums

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