I took this post down after my sister told me it traumatized her to the point of never wanting children. Since then, a few people have actually asked me to put it back up. So back by popular demand and newly updated, here is the Heather Craw guide to nursing twins:
Five and a half months and the boys are still being exclusively breastfed! (Update: We made it almost 13 months exclusively breastfeeding.)
Currently breastfeeding is going quite well so I would like to take this nice moment to share some insights from my research and experience. Primarily, I would like to preserve what I’ve learned before my brain deletes it as no longer useful.
Power Through, Everything Gets Easier
Let me start by saying that everything gets easier as you go. You don’t have to do “this” for a year. “This”, the newborn itty-bitty phase, is the worst, but if you push through, you make it to the easier part.
As those newborn/preemie mouths get bigger, it hurts less. As those tummies get larger and neurological systems mature enough to support longer sleep, you have to breastfeed less often. As those babies learn to nurse and get more alert, they nurse faster. As they gain muscle and neck control, you have to do a lot less to keep them latched. As your supply gets established after the first 6-8 weeks, you begin to actually pass the majority of the day thinking about things other than your supply.
It doesn’t take a rocket surgeon to look at the female anatomy and realize that God foresaw and made provision for the nursing of twins. (A degree in rocket surgery may help to explain men’s nipples, however.) In fact, the current thinking is that a far greater percentage of pregnancies than previously thought begin as twin pregnancies–up to 30% by some estimates! So take heart in knowing that mother nature thinks you can both give birth to twins and nurse them.
Things you will need to nurse twins:
1. Absolute commitment. If you’re only half committed to exclusively nursing twins, one fine day when your nipples are sore and your eyes are bloodshot and you can’t get that “sugar-baker, sugar-baker, sugar-baker” sound of the breast pump out of your mind, and you want to take a blessed pharmaceutical for any of your ailments, and the babies wake to eat 45 minutes earlier than you are mentally and emotionally let alone physically prepared to feed them, you will roll over, pull the sour milk covers over your head and scream to your partner, “give those buggers some formula!”
2. The absolute commitment of your entire support team. If they’re not true believers in the power of breastfeeding, convert them or at least get them to agree to pretend they are converted. At this juncture, I must send a huge shout out to Kent Kemeny and Bethany Campbell for their excellent support in our quest for breast. I could not have done it without their help and cheerleading in those first months when there were three entities in our house that demanded our constant attention: Salty, Peppers and my “supply”.
3. An EZ2Nurse breastfeeding pillow. This sounds like it belongs on an infomercial or a license plate, but it is actually a cleverly tilted pillow. I like to refer to it as The Baby Platter or Mommy’s Hideous Tutu.
4. 2-4 rolled up receiving blankets to prop up your limp-necked newborns and/or flaccid anatomy so that the twain shall meet.
5. Pillows to keep you inside your Hideous Tutu when seated.
6. Possibly a nursing stool.
7. Rented hospital grade pump. Medela Symphony is probably what you’ll end up with. They call it a symphony because you will find your sleep deprived brain starts to pick out everything from Beethoven’s 9th to Frosty the Snow Man in that shushing sound it makes.
8. Breast pump equipment with the proper sized attachments. Immediately replace any hoses you pinch in your nightstand drawer, pieces that start making funny sounds, plastic that doesn’t get really clean anymore, and the like.
9. Breastmilk freezer bags, freezer space, sharpie marker for dating.
10. Lanolin cream.
The Ivory Rule: Drain, drain, drain
The secret of establishing your milk supply is to drain your breasts fully and frequently. Herein is contained all the law and the prophets. Any other little tricks you can use will only increase or decrease your supply a very little bit. An empty breast flips the “make more milk” switch on. An engorged breast turns that switch off. A partially drained breast doesn’t do much of anything. So in the first 6-8 weeks of supply establishment you want to be turning that switch on as often as possible and turning it off as little as possible.
Every time you nurse or pump, you have two goals. Your primary goal is to feed your family. Your secondary goal is to fully drain your breasts so that you can continue to achieve your primary goal for many months to come. A fully drained breast feels like a ziploc bag half-full of vegetable oil. An engorged breast is swollen, hard, often painful, and can be difficult for babies to latch on to.
I hate to disillusion you who think that the fact that billions of women have been nursing billions of babies for millions of years means that breasfeeding will come easily and naturally, but Fully Draining a Breast Usually Requires Work. Some babies are inherently better at draining breasts than others, but all babies are better at draining breasts than are pumps. Whether nursing or pumping, in those first couple of months you will probably have to work to get your breasts fully drained.
If using a pump, you may need to massage, push, squish, pull, relatch, press and otherwise manipulate your anatomy to extract all the milk from all the ducts. If you are using the pump, remember that draining your breasts follows the same logic as brushing long hair. If you immediately start at the roots, you could cause a traffic jam of snarls halfway down. Instead, you start at the ends, then work your way up to the roots. Same method applies for draining ducts. Start at the nipple and work your way back to the breast tissue right over your ribs.
You may also notice improvement in your supply if you continue to pump a couple of minutes after the last let down. That reminds me: a full feeding/pumping for me at 3.5 months required at least 2, sometimes 3 letdowns. That means there will be a stretch of time between letdowns when the milk all but stops flowing for a while. The babies get restless during this time, but if you keep them latched and working, and if you believe in fairies, and if you look forward with an eye of perfect faith, the next letdown will eventually come. By 4-5 months, one let down is a full feeding. Phew!
Keep Eating, We’re Having Haagen Daas for Dessert
The fact that your babies fell asleep at the breast does not necessarily mean they need a nap. They are so full of melatonin in those first weeks, that falling asleep just means they are babies. So if you are nursing your babies, you will probably need to jiggle them, jostle them, blow in their faces, rub their tummies, change their diapers and otherwise discompose them enough to keep them from falling asleep before you reach the ziploc bag of vegetable oil stage. Teaching them to fully drain a breast is actually very good for them because it ensures they will get the high-fat, high-calorie hind milk at the end of a full feeding. Feedings composed of too much watery foreemilk and not enough creamy hindmilk–the Haagen Daas–can give them gas and result in them needing to feed more frequently. Have you heard someone say, “I think I produce skim milk”? Well, we all produce skim milk, we all produce Haagen Daas. Skim at the beginning of a feeding, Haagen Daas if you keep going all the way to the end. One of the benefits of stretching out the time between feedings to 3-3.5 hours from the very early weeks is that it ensures the babies will get hungry enough to take a full feeding including the Haagen Daas at the end. All that fat and protein in the hindmilk is the very best thing for their brain development and weight gain.
Whilst you are jostling, jiggling and otherwise discomposing you babies, you may also need to massage, squish, pull, relatch and otherwise manipulate your anatomy to drain all the milk from all the ducts. Does this sound like work? It is.
I repeat: This too shall pass. Once your supply is established and they get older, all you will have to do is pop ’em on, zone out, pop ’em off and go. You’ll get there. Believe in the future while you work for the present.
Keep the Switch in the On Position
In those critical first 6-8 weeks of supply establishment, you really want to avoid flipping off the “make more milk” switch. Tight clothing and bras as well as sleeping on your stomach or far enough on your side to squish one breast can trick your breasts into feeling engorged (remember this when you try to wean later on), so let them hang low and wobble to and fro as needed. If you wait more than 3-4 hours between drainage sessions, your breasts could get as lazy and recalcitrant as an unpraised teenager, so stay on schedule. Hands-free pumping bras are great for when you need to post something on your blog during the first letdown, but be sure you take it off and use those hands to fully drain each breast at the end of the session.
Engorgement and Clogged Ducts
I never had any clogged ducts with Fluffy, but now that each breast is doing double duty, things get backed up pretty easily if I miss or delay a feeding. Suspect you have a clogged duct if nursing starts to hurt again like it used to when the babies were newly born, one breast feels hard or like it has a stiff lump in it, and/or you have a red patch or streak on the breast, especially if it is warm to the touch or accompanied by fever. If you reach the fever stage, you may need antibiotics to clear up an infection. If you suspect you do have an infection, the very best thing you can do is keep nursing and clear out that duct. The bacteria in the breast will not hurt your babies because their stomach acid will destroy it.
The best way to avoid a clogged duct is to stick to schedule. When you’re dropping feedings, do so slowly. If the babies sleep through a feeding, you should get up and pump, then pump less the next night, and less the next. Give yourself 4-5 days to taper off. Be careful not to get bruised as the blood from a hematoma in the breast area can contribute to clogging–no tackle football. Also be vigilant against cracked nipples as those sores are often to blame for infections (mastitis). Clogged ducts can escalate from an annoyance to a serious medical problem, so if you suspect a clogged duct, clear your schedule and nip it in the bud. You may be reluctant to unclog the duct because it is tender, but let me assure you, clogged ducts only get more and more painful if you ignore them, then get infected, and can even result in painful open sores, so unclog now!
I only get clogged on the left side, so this is my plan of attack when it happens. 1) Don’t freak out. Or if you are human and/or me, skip straight to step 2. 2) Give your weaker nurser a full feeding on that side. 3) Now put your stronger nurser on there and keep him going as long as he will. 4) Thought you were done? Nope. Hop in the shower and turn the water on nice and hot. Now using the principle of brushing long hair again, use your fingers to massage and then express the breast fully. Start at the tips and work back to the root of the duct. You can probably feel exactly which duct is clogged. Don’t bruise yourself, but be serious. 5) Get out of the shower and go straight to the pump. Pump both sides. You need to express from the other side anyway, so you might as well make absolutely sure your clogger is clogged no more and ready to go next time. Please do yourself the favor of using lanolin cream as much as possible whilst you are working out the kinks, so to speak. You really don’t want let anything get cracked or injured in the midst of all this excitement.
More, More, More!
In those first 6-8 weeks of establishment your babies are increasing their intake continuously which means your supply needs to continually increase as well. Your babies will probably go through growth spurts at approximately 10 days, 3 weeks and somewhere between 4 and 6 months. They may well hit these spurts at different times, so there will be several patches of time when you need to increase your supply. I caution against supplementing during growth spurts with either formula or frozen breast milk because the growth spurt will actually prepare your body to feed your new and improved bigger babies after the spurt ends.
To increase your supply without supplementation, remember the Ivory Rule: Drain, drain, drain. The best thing you can do to increase your production is to increase your body’s perceived demand by draining your breasts more fully and more frequently. Here are the things I have used to increase supply listed in order of effectiveness. The first four are clinically proven to increase supply. Scientific backing for the others is less solid.
Scientifically Proven to Work:
1) Nurse more, pump less. Babies are generally better at draining breasts than pumps, and better at telling your body how much they need, so if you are partially pumping, increase your nursing to pumping ratio. If you must pump because the nursing hurts too much (this was my case for the first couple of months), try to nurse for the second half of a feeding.
2) Nurse longer, pump longer. Many pumpers, especially those who pump exclusively find they need to pump 2-5 minutes past the end of the let down to fully drain the breast and to give the nipples enough stimulation to start increasing the next production. You can also try to nurse longer at each feeding, but beware of cracked nipples. Get your lanolin cream out and use it.
3) Nurse both. Tandem nursing stimulates more production than single side nursing, and tandem pumping more than single side pumping, so rub your tummy, pat your head, and nurse from both sides at the same time.
4) Nurse more frequently. Spend a day nursing every 2.5-3 hours. I know it sounds like giving up all the ground you’ve fought so hard for, but it’s really just a couple of days til your body gets the message that it needs to produce more.
5) Sleep more, eat better. As I’ve said before, breast milk production is really all about supply and demand, however, if you’re exhausted, malnourished and dehydrated, you are much more likely to give up on breastfeeding. Nursing one baby is an enormous undertaking, let alone two, so give your body the respect it deserves. Take care of yourself so you can take care of your little ones. And drink, drink, drink. Your body needs the extra fluid and it will keep you from getting those headaches this flesh is heir to.
6) Stress less. Hahahahahaha. I always laugh when people tell you to put this on your to do list. Stress won’t necessarily decrease your supply, but it will decrease your ability to cope with supply issues. Don’t worry too much over one bad feeding, or one bad day of feedings. Especially in those 6-8 weeks of establishing your supply, there will be up days when you’re shooting targets across the room to amuse yourself and down days when you are freaking out demanding your husband inspect the little lines on the newborn bottle and tell you, “Is it 54 or 55 millileters?–and you’d better say 55!!” Don’t give up and don’t give in. After all, Scarlet, tomorrow is another day.
7) Harness the psychosomatic power of placebos! Try Fenugreek caplets. Yes, they make you smell like chicken tikka masala or maple syrup, but a lot of women swear by them. Eat oatmeal and other whole grains. Again, these enjoy an unsubstantiated but longstanding reputation as supply enhancers. It couldn’t hurt you to nourish your own body a little either, could it?
8) Don’t overdo it on the exercise. Far, far, far, far, far be it from me to tell anyone to exercise less. Besides, unless you are very thin, not eating at all, and running marathons every day, exercise will probably not burn enough calories to make any difference to your supply. Wearing a tight sports bra, however, could be mimicking engorgement. Moreover, exhausting yourself with exercise may sap the time and energy you need for steps 1-4 on this list. I never said don’t do it, I only say, don’t overdo it. A 45 minute jog may be just what you need to stay sane during all this. A three hour run in a double sports bra, may do more harm than good.
There are many good reasons to use a pump. First, the pump doesn’t hurt as much as a newborn. Itty-bitty preemie mouths and relatively large nipples are a match made in H-E-You-Know-Where. I think many first time moms are surprised to find that childbirth is a piece of cake compared to the pain of a) post-natal bowel movements and b) nursing a newborn. You can buy larger size breast shields for your pump (which I highly recommend doing), but you can’t buy bigger mouths for your babies. You just have to wait. I’ve been nursing the boys at least twice a day since we are in the hospital, and I do not exagerate one iota when I say that I have been gritting my teeth so hard that I closed the 1 millimeter gap between my two front teeth and started cracking 4 of my canines. I recently had to have a nightguard made. Not good. After a month of alternating tandem nursing with pump-and-bottle, I decided to try something new. For four of the daily feedings, I would nurse one baby then pump a bottle for the other while the other 3-4 feedings were totally pump-and-bottle. It was a life saver. I continued to try to tandem feed once a week, until one magical day around 12 weeks, I finally made it through a full tandem feeding without swearing and/or crying. I declared victory, kissed their finally large enough mouths, and, within a couple days, I had switched to exclusively tandem feeding.
Second, pumps don’t quit on you. Our pediatrician recommended alternating nursing with pumping and bottlefeeding so as not to tire the boys out. Nursing is more work for the babies than bottle feeding. Since eating is their primary form of exercise, you don’t want to tire them out burning up too many of the calories you’re trying to get into them. If your twins are premature or just preterm, they are also probably just this side of comatose anyway, so a pump is probably essential to establishing your supply.
Third, pumps are faster. This is only the case at the beginning. When your little suckers get older, bigger, and stronger, they’ll put that pump to shame, but in the early weeks when a nursing session can take almost 40 minutes, you’ll probably want to pump-and-bottle during the night at least, if not more often.
Fourth, you could learn a lot from a breast pump. Infancy is a numbers game. You want to know their percentiles, their poopy diaper quota, their daily intake, etc. Pumping some feedings can give you such fascinating statistics as how many ounces they are eating, how much your supply fluctuates during the day, how many let downs it takes to get a full feeding, the length and spacing of letdowns, your foremilk to hindmilk ratio (this can vary throughout the day–generally, you have a lot of foremilk in the morning) and other funny things like whether you recently ate a lot of orange or green food. Wild.
However, pump with caution. As I’ve said above, babies generally do a better job of draining your breasts than the pump. You can, and should, work to drain your breasts with the pump as best you can, but the squish test will tell you pretty clearly that you are better drained after a full nursing than a full pumping. Here again, let me caution against using those hands-free bras too much until you’re totally established and keeping well in step with or ahead of your babies’ demands. Sure, it’s nice to be able to knit or surf or let’s be honest, sleep while pumping, but don’t blame me when your supply drops about 20% because you’re sleeping at the wheel instead of getting your breasts fully drained.
Another reason to be sure you’re still nursing at least a few times a day is that at some point the most efficient way to feed your babies will be tandem nursing. If you plan to exclusively nurse down the road, you will want them to learn to nurse early and to keep in the habit so they don’t refuse the breast later.
In those early weeks, the pump was my BFF, now I hate that blankety blank blankety blank. A pump just doesn’t give back to you in the way that nursing does. I would so much rather be inspecting those little angel faces at close range than sterilizing plastic membranes. Yet, the pump was a necessary evil. I would not have made it through the first month without ye olde Medela Symphony.
Part of the reason establishing my supply was so much more difficult with twins than it was with just Fluffy is that I was pumping so much. I wonder now whether I really had difficulty with my supply, or whether that was just my perception since in the first three months, I managed to fill a freezer with gallons of pumped milk that I later had to give away when I found out Peppers is intolerant of the protein in cow milk. C’est la vie. C’est la fricking vie.
Keep Your Eye-zes on the Prizes
I would hate for anyone who isn’t able to nurse as long as they’d like to think that I am in any way criticizing them. I didn’t make it to the magical 12-month mark with my daughter, either, and it absolutely broke my heart. Also, my mom only nursed me for 4 or 5 months and I turned out fine, right? But I will not spare anyone’s feelings including my own by pretending that breastfeeding is anything short of magic for babies. Not only are the benefits of breastfeeding some of the best established in scientific studies, they are also some of the broadest. Breastfeeding is linked to everything from higher IQ’s to protection from Crohn’s disease, and new benefits are being discovered all the time.
Let me tell you, there were so many many times in the first couple months when I was doing a total of 12 nursings/pumpings per day (Eight times a day, I alternated exclusively pumping a feeding with breastfeed-one-baby-then-pump-for-the-other feedings) that I wanted to call the whole thing off. I am so grateful that these babies were not my first so that I had the experience of how wonderful and comparatively easy it is to breastfeed once the babies get older! I kept telling myself not to give up during the hard part because that would mean I would miss the wonderful easy part. At 3 months, I stopped pumping and started exclusively tandem nursing, woohoo!!! Down to 6 feedings per day! Now they are dropping that last night feeding (sometimes they wake for it, sometimes not), so we’re down to 5. Now they get the job done in about 10 minutes instead of 30-35.
As they get older, babies nurse much faster and much less often.
I also recognize that not everyone has the same anatomy or is in the same fortunate position I am with the resources and the support to assemble all the things I put on my necessities list at the beginning of this post. I am so grateful that it is working for us, and I hope that it continues to work for us for another 5.5 months. (Update: I ended up nursing the boys for almost 13 months. Yay!)
To those who are overwhelmed by the pain or the work of the first few months, please take heart knowing that at five months, it doesn’t hurt at all! At five months, I’m done squishing to drain and jostling to keep awake. In fact, I rarely have to use my hands to do more than stroke their sweet heads or hold their little fingers so they don’t poke each other in the eyes or pop the boob out of each other’s mouths (they have both learned to do this, sillies!). At five months, they often hold each other’s hands while nursing, and grin up at me with that stoned-on-breastmilk-and-mommy-love look that just fills your heart with joy. Nursing is wonderful.
As they get older, nursing becomes less painful and A LOT less work.
I do pine for the days of nursing Fluffy when all I needed was a place to sit instead of a whole set up, but the day will come when we don’t need the nursing pillow at all. Not too far distant, I hope. It was fabulous around 8 weeks when the boys had enough neck strength and control that I could abandon the practice of propping them up on 4 rolled up receiving blankets. Bit by bit, you start to discard all the things on your necessities list until you’re down to just you and the babies. Awesome.
As they get older, nursing becomes simpler, and really, really cute.
On some of those nights in the first months when I really, really, really wanted to give up, I would look up lists of breastfeeding benefits like this one that I got from motheringfromtheheart.com. It isn’t all accurate or logical, but it is motivational.
Children receive the most complete and optimal mix of nutrients & antibodies (protection from disease during cold and flu season, passive flu shot protection).
The varying composition of breastmilk keeps pace with the infant’s individual growth and changing nutritional needs.
Have fewer incidences of vomiting and diarrhea in the US (20-35 million episodes of diarrhea occur in children under the age of 5, resulting in over 200,000 hospitalizations and 400-500 deaths in the U.S.)
Protection against gastroenteritis, necrotizing entercolitis
Reduced risk of chronic constipation, colic, and other stomach upsets
Reduced risk of childhood diabetes
Protection against ear infections, respiratory illnesses, pneumonia, bronchitis, kidney infections, septicemia (blood poisoning),
Protection against allergies, asthma, eczema, and severity of allergic disease
Reduced risk of SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome) Statistics reveal that for every 87 deaths from SIDS, only 3 are breastfed.
Protection against meningitis, botulism, childhood lymphoma, crohn’s disease and ulcerative entercolits
Decreased risk of tooth decay (cavities)
Nursing promotes facial structure development, enhanced speech, straighter teeth and enhances vision.
Breastfed infants develop higher IQ’s, and have improved brain and nervous system development; IQ advantage of 10-12 points studied at ages 8, 12, and 18. (Breastfeeding is considered the 4th trimester in brain growth and development…there are specific proteins in human milk that promote brain development))
Reduced risk of heart disease later in life
Increased bone density
Breastfeeding plays an important role in the emotional and spiritual development of babies
Breastfed babies enjoy a special warm bonding and emotional relationship with their mothers
Antibody response to vaccines are higher
Are hospitalized 10 times less than formula fed infants in the first year of life
The colostrum (first milk) coats the GI tract, preventing harmful bacteria and allergy -triggering protein molecules from crossing into baby’s blood
Decreased risk for vitamin E and Iron deficiency anemia
Decreased risk for acute appendicitis, rheumatoid arthritis, inguinal hernia, pyloric stenosis
There are factors in human milk that destroy E coli, salmonella, shigella, streptococcus, pneumococcus….and many others
Less risk of childhood obesity
Reduced risk of breast, ovarian, cervical, and endometrial cancers
Reduced risk of anemia
Protection against osteoporosis and hip fracture later in life
Reduced risk of mortality for women with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) has been associated with total time of lactation
Helps the mother’s body return to its pre-pregnancy state faster – promotes weight loss…1/2 of calories needed to manufacture milk is pulled from fat stores… can burn from 500 – 1,500 calories per day.
Helps delay return of fertility and to space subsequent pregnancies
Develops a special emotional relationship and bonding with her child
Breastmilk is free- reducing or eliminating the cost of formula (in the thousands of dollars/per year)
Breastfed babies are sick less thus reducing healthcare costs to family in Doctor office visits, prescriptions, over the counter medicine purchases, and hospitalizations
Moms miss less time off from work due to child related illnesses
Helps the uterus contract after birth to control postpartum bleeding
Breastfeeding reduces the cost of healthcare by promoting healthier children and mothers……….If all WIC babies in the U.S. were breastfed, our economical savings would be $33,000,000 per month ……….In 1993, 90,000 babies were hospitalized for RSV at a cost of 450 million dollars. Currently, the U.S. spends over 1 billion dollars a year on Otitis Media (ear infections)
Reduced insurance premiums for both parents and employers
Breastfeeding reduces global pollution by decreasing the use of resources and energy required to produce, process, package, distribute, promote and dispose of materials created by the manufacture and use of artificial baby milk (minus the resources it takes to feed the mother the extra calories)
Reduced tax burden on communities and government to ensure children are properly fed
Reduced absenteeism in the workplace due to children’s illnesses
- Breastfeeding makes you feel good, the hormones produced during nursing have an endorphin effect giving you a relaxed feeling.
- You have a great excuse to sit down and relax…..(or sit down and work, as is my case)
- You can nurse while sleeping…nursing moms get more rest than formula feeding moms. (um, no.)
- Breastfeeding saves moms about 7 hours a week off their feet.
- No screaming baby in the middle of the night waiting on the formula to heat up. (i still had screaming babies trying to get thing 1 to stay latched while thing 2 was being latched, so whatever.)
- It’s the only time you can ever lose weight without dieting or exercise! (um, no.)
- Breastfeeding is more convenient, when traveling, all you need is to take diapers, the milk is always available, sterile, and the right temperature. (This was true with Gwyneth and was also AWESOME!)
- During times of disaster, you don’t have to worry about finding formula.
- Breastfed babies smell great….spit ups don’t stain, or smell, and poopie diapers are not offensive…(until solids are introduced)
- Breastfed babies know their moms and will never confuse them with a sitter.
- The strong bond developed with nursing is much more intense.
- There is no feeling to describe the child suckling at your breast and letting go to give you a big smile; and knowing that the growth of your baby came from what your body produced! Wow! What a feeling!
- The satisfaction of knowing you are giving your baby the best start in life!
- Breastmilk taste great! Sweet tasting! Variations in taste according to foods moms eats. Have you ever tasted formula? Ugh! (I have never tasted either, thank you very much.)
- Breastfeeding requires the use of only one arm….you can do other things while breastfeeding, (um, no.)
- Many, many more benefits, too numerous to list!!!
If anyone who happens to read this has a question or needs advice or cheerleading, I hope you’ll contact me. Above all, I say
Power through, it gets easier. Power through, it’s worth it. Power through, it gets wonderful.