I'm wondering if anyone has any advice about how to prevent plugged ducts/mastitis while exclusively pumping. I'm really paranoid about this! With my first, we had a delayed start due to him being in the NICU, then he was just not a great eater in general and I ended up with a few cases of plugged ducts, which was miserable.
Right now, I am looking at exclusively pumping for my 3rd child, who was just born on Tuesday, December 27th at 28 weeks gestation. It could be anywhere from 3 weeks to 3 months with him in the NICU, and I am definitely wanting to give him all breast milk. I'm just really worried that I am not getting all the milk out as I pump and I will end up with plugged ducts, which will really mess up my supply and I won't have enough milk for him in the NICU.
What are some tips for avoiding plugged ducts?
I am really hoping to start a breastfeeding relationship with my son while he is in the NICU, but I can only visit him once a day (if that) for a short time. I know he will be primarily bottle-fed until he goes home and I can really work with him on breastfeeding.
Along those lines, does anyone have any experience with weaning a young infant completely off of bottles and onto the breast? My goal is to get rid of the bottles completely once he is home.
It hasn't even been one week yet, and I can tell this is going to be quite a challenge! Any help would be great. Thank you!