When Perth mum, Amy Turner discovered she was pregnant with twins, it was a pleasant surprise. But excitement soon turned to concern when her beautiful little boys were born 12 weeks premature.
On finding out she was pregnant
“Finding out I was having twins was definitely a shock! In fact, finding out I was pregnant at all was a surprise! I’d been trying to fall pregnant for years, but having endometriosis, poly-cystic ovaries and absent monthly cycles for over two years had made it near impossible. I believe falling pregnant was a miracle, but to discover I was having twins was a double blessing!”
On the birth
“At 26 weeks, I had a massive bleed and was prescribed bed rest in hospital. Two weeks later I had another bleed, and the placenta was no longer viable. I was rushed for an emergency C-section. It was the most terrifying experience of my life. My boys couldn’t breathe properly when they were born and were put on ventilation in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). Nate was 1070g and Jai weighed only 920g.
As soon as my babies were born I expressed colostrum and milk, which was fed to the boys by a tube. It wasn’t until 35 weeks’ gestation that we were able to introduce them to the breast. They took to it fairly well, despite having breathing difficulties. However, it wasn’t long after we got home before my supply started to decline. Thankfully I had a good supply in my freezer, so
was able to feed them breastmilk by bottle, but two months into having the boys home my supply ran out and I was forced to consider other alternatives.
On choosing goat milk
After researching, I discovered that formulated goats milk is similar in structure to breastmilk. Initially, we tried another brand of goat milk, but Jai particularly found it really hard to digest and suffered with tummy pains and reflux. He also was not gaining adequate weight, which had been very important, given he was born premature.
On finding Bubs
After a really bad night my husband Googled other brands and came across Bubs. We noticed a fairly immediate difference with Jai’s reflux, and within a week, he was happily taking his bottle. We also noticed Nate no longer suffered from constipation. We found Bubs was really gentle on our babies’ tummies.
On her boys now
The boys are now 14 months (11.5 months corrected age) and are both doing well, gaining weight and achieving their milestones. All the doctors and medical staff are so happy with how they’re progressing. Nate is technically the older twin (by one minute). He is the quieter of the two and likes to sit back and watch before giving things a go. Jai on the other hand is my go-getter. He never sits still and is always on the move. I love how different they are!
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