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Ann Conlon-Smith - Twins at 47

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Friday, August 30, 2019 | 0 comments

Image: Ann Conlon-Smith, board certified lactation consultant (IBCLC) and La Leche League leader for over 20 years | Triangle Lactation | mother of six sons, all breastfeed

Ann Conlon-Smith, a mother in Raleigh, North Carolina, USA who lost a lot of blood after her cesarean delivery of twins at the age of 47, found herself with a low milk supply that lagged for three months.

It was an awful time and I was terrified - I didn't know if I was 'too old to breastfeed' or just what had happened. I used lots of milk bank milk, pumped continuously, and put the babies to breast all day and all night.

Many factors can affect milk supply, including conditions such as hypertension, anemia, and severe postpartum bleeding.

Nonetheless, with hard work, good guidance and support, and lots of patience, an older mother will, in most cases, be able to build up her milk supply.

Determined for her twins to receive no less than their singleton siblings did, Ann persevered and her milk supply did improve.

While she and her family were grieving deeply and endlessly the drowning death of her two-year-old son, Gregory, Ann Conlon-Smith recalls how desperately she wanted one more child.

I had no idea that suddenly I would no longer be able to become pregnant, when four times previously, I got pregnancy exactly when I wanted to, and even when I did not intend to!

I wish my doctor had told me that because of my advanced age (46) I might need to work with a reproductive endocrinologist or fertility clinic. We finally did just that and conceived our precious twins.

Reflecting on the eventual weaning of the last children she intends to have, Ann states, I wonder what it will be like to miss seeing their eyelids flutter and close in rest and to feel that deep relaxation and rest that I never feel in any other way. I think I will always miss it.

It will remain the most cherished memory of my young children's lives and their connection to me.

Image: The Fertility Code, by Dermot O'Connor. Publisher: Ybooks (July 27, 2012)-The Fertility Code
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About Catherine: I am mom to three grown sons, two grandchildren and two rescue dogs. After years of raising my boys as a single mom, I remarried a wonderful man who had never had a child of his own. Unexpectedly, I found myself pregnant at 49!
Sadly we lost our precious baby at 8 weeks, and decided to try again. Five more losses, turned down for donor egg, foster care and adoption due to my age and losses - we have accepted there will be no more babies in our house.

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