I'm not sure if this should be posted here, or in the preemie section, but Ill try here first.
I have twins who were born at 35 weeks, 1 day. They spent 10 days in the NICU, and they had a hard time regulating their temperatures and gaining weight while I was nursing. Everytime I'd try to do a nursing session, their temps would drop despite skin to skin. Because they were working so hard to stay warm, it seemed like they were burning more calories than they were taking in, so they werent gaining any weight.
Now they are home and 12 days old, and we are latching at every feeding and they will suckle for a few minutes and then they are tuckered out- no matter how much I try to stimulate them. If I unswaddle them and put them to my skin, their temperatures drop every time. It is (Im being serious, we have thermometers everywhere now) 81 degrees in my house. They dont seem to have any nipple confusion, or problems latching, they just get so tired so easily and their bodies just cant seem to handle nursing just yet. They are getting almost 100% pumped breastmilk, and have been for the most part (we've supplemented with formula a few times, and we are doing one feeding a day with fortified breastmilk, just for the extra calories). They are currently 4 lbs 4 oz and 4 lbs 5 oz, so every single feeding counts and I can't really afford to just sit in a chair and let them "figure it out" for a few days like we have in the past, because they will lose the weight that we have worked so hard to get them to gain.
So basically, Im looking for positive stories about people who started out exclusively pumping and eventually made the switch to breastfeeding once their babies were ready. Anyone?