I'm so glad I went though! The first hour (6:00-7:00) is reserved just for news and expectant moms and goes over basic infant care and how to adjust the "book way" of caring for a new baby to the twin way.
Last night, they talked about feeding, starting with bottle propping and why most infant care books say it is bad (you should bond with your baby!) and the reality of being outnumbered. While I do plan to breastfeed, I know that will frequently mean pumping and bottling, so learning some bottle feeding tips was really interesting.
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After bottle propping, their was some great discussion of breastfeeding and pumping. The unanimous consensus seemed to be that renting a hospital grade pump is 100x better than buying even the expensive medela portable pump. Apparently, hospital pumps work a lot faster and more efficiently so your whole life isn't pumping and feeding. They also talked about reasons to supplement breast milk and reasons to stop breastfeeding. Again, the message seemed to be that while breast is best, if you can't or don't want to breastfeed, it will all be okay!
It was great being around a group of women who so obviously support each other and are very nonjudgmental of parenting choices. It actually felt a lot like talking to my folks on twitter!
Unlike on twitter, I don't know that I made any new friends. Actually, I know that I didn't. But, I will go back, and hopefully next time I will feel more comfortable and be able to meet a few more people before/after the meeting and maybe even get to know one or two of them!
After the new and expectant moms meeting was the general meeting. This month they had a fascinating speaker on relationships and intimacy, particularly after the birth of twins and all of the challenges that entails. Since I'm still on pelvic rest, the intimacy part of her talk was a bit premature for me to hear, but she was a great and knowledgable speaker and the differences between men and women and how "menglish" (man speak) affects a relationship. She says that since women are typically more willing to work on the relationship, they are the ones responsible for becoming bilingual. She made a lot of really interesting points about communication, affection, and keeping the relationship alive and going. Lots of nuggets to think about.
Overall, I am really glad I worked up the nerve to attend the NDMOTC Meeting and am looking forward to going back in November!