Originally Posted by mixplatemommy
my friend who had a preemie used a nipple shield (a silicone nipple sheath that u can put over your own breast to give your nipple some length as well as protection - medela makes em). she was able to latch on to it almost immediately! we used it exclusively for a little while, then i started taking it off after she'd established a good latch, and offer her my breast alone... sometime it worked, sometimes not, but by the time she was 1month old, she had the whole nursing dance down, and was able to happily nurse on just my breast all the way into toddlerhood :) good luck mama!
thankfully i do have a great support system and a lot of help right now, my dh is so wonderful with it all and bringing me stuff while i pump and deal with things and my mom is here to deal with a lot of the house to lighten our load.
thanks for the info on the shields i had seen those in the store and thought they might be just the gateway step we needed, im going to go get a pair ASAP today and work towards them.
Originally Posted by MeepyCat
This is probably more encouragement than advice.
Eight ounces per breast per session is *awesome*. Mama, that is some hardcore output. It's great that you are pumping so well.
You can expect some roller coaster on this.
I realize that this doesn't sound like it's about breast feeding at all, but it is! Really! Self-care is so important, and nursing can leave you tired and *hungry*.)
encouragement is such a big part of why we all come to MDC, thanks for it!
yeah i had breast surgery about 15 years ago so i have been terrified that i would have low supply, boy i dont think that is ever going to be an issue! i do need to pup more often though i think i go too long between pumpings, might as well have way to much right now and have them grow into it, then ever have to catch up with them
self care is huge, i have bought a few things that seemed like luxury items, but if they make even a few minutes of our day smoother and more relaxing then with all i have on my hangs it is definitely worth it!
Originally Posted by LM96
I was going to suggest maybe a nipple shield also--is there an LC you can work with? Does the NICU have someone to help? Our NICU has an Occupational Therapist on staff and that is who I would call first to try and find resources if needed. Also, I don't know if this is different for late-term preemies, but our NICU encouraged use of the Soothie pacifier to help my preemies learn to suck.
8oz per breast is awesome output! As a reference, I pumped 8oz total in the morning (after not pumping all night) and then 3-5oz total each time throughout the day. Also, just as an FYI, I never felt a letdown until DS came home.
I've also heard that things often "click" for babies once they reach their due dates so hopefully that will also make a difference for you!
im so glad we had no NICU time, that kind of stress is so much more than i am having, hugs to those that do deal with that.
while we were in the hospital (mostly regualr post pardum wing) we did have a nicu doc overseeing us and he was super amamzing and super pro breast and everything we are doing up till now and that susess has been duw in large part to him and his dedicatin to talking with us.
he said no paci, since they do have sucking down well, heck they can nearly pull a finger nail off when i let them suck on my finger, its just getting something in there to trigger them to start that is catching us up.
they sent me a LC but she was gruff and told me a few things i knew not to be true, so it kinda undermined my trust in her, but she is hte one that talk me how to finger feed the first day, so i thank her for that. i am going to call the main LC there now and set us a follow up with her, i have spoken with her before giving birth and she seems like a angel!
thanks for the info about your let down, i feel ok about it since i seem to get so much, but i was wondering.
Originally Posted by Kaydove
Hi Adorkable! Beautiful babies!
I learned that in my Postpartum Doula classes that bottles with a wide base and slow drip are the most helpful for transitioning between bottle and breasts. Avent bottles are supposed to be really helpful because its shaped similar to a breast nipple and the baby controls the milk flow in the bottle just like in a breast. Here's a link to their site with some more info. Sounds to me like learning to control the milk flow is Daxton's issue? Not sure if that helps but had to mention it.
The other thing that might be helpful is watching a few breastfeeding videos. Here's a link from Dr. Jack Newman's website who's a renowned doctor and author on breastfeeding. (His books are on my required Doula reading lists.) This page on breast compression during a feeding session, to help with milk flow into baby's mouth, might be really helpful for you.
I hope that info helps and that you're enjoying new being a new mommy!
thanks for the links, of tp read them in a sec. yeah the nicu doc said the same thing about the nipple and we are using dr browns wide base for that reason, he also mentioned that advent as well but i liked the vent system in the dr browns so went that route, since i have a medela pump (hospital grade rental) i had no other reason to lean towards the advent for compatibility.
oh and thank you for reminding me about breast compression, i've been doing it to relive my lumpyness while pumping but kinda forgot it might get milk into there mouths in a more inspiring way as well.
Kaydove, i just want to hug you and say thank you for coming on and responding. im so glad to see you on mdc again and started crying when i saw your post (hormones are strange) all the love in the world for you and your dh