Hi mamas. I have 34 week twins who are now 36weeks and in the NICU. One twin is rooting at feeding times and has been put to breast and is starting to remove small bits (a couple of cc) of milk on occasion (not regularly). The other is not removing any milk and will occasionally cue but not regularly. The nurses in the NICU are really pressuring me to let them use bottles when I am not there for a particular feed. They are otherwise being fed through an ng tube.
My intent is to breastfeed both babies, but I am worried about the effect of the bottle on successful breastfeeding when breastfeeding has not yet been established well.
The nurses are telling me that I will do long-term damage to the babies if they are not given either breast or bottle when rooting. For the most part I am there to offer breast, but occasionally I have to leave and miss a feed or two.