While my son was in the NICU a couple of weeks ago, they bottlefed him formula at first since I didn't have any milk; however, as I was producing more and more I asked that they fed him only breastmilk first (no mixing with formula so it coats his tummy and gives him the protection needed) I was lucky that they respected my wishes.
I made a point to be there at most feedings and having him at the very least nuzzle with my nipples if that's all we could do. I also discarded the nipple shield after two tries although it was strongly recommended; I figured if I was patient, it would eventually happen. There was no nipple confusion; my lactation consultant, Carol, says it's a myth and I tend to agree. My DH has been feeding the baby everyday once or twice per day breastmilk using the bottle; we've been doing it both way and no problem. You may check out this web site, I think Carol has stuff about that online: http://www.breastbabyproducts.com/
I think that not all is lost for your friend. With help from a good lactation consultant and armed with patience, her baby should revert to the breast.
I also second the Medela Symphony, I have enough milk for triplets! That pump kicks you know what to get milk in
I am renting it for a month and switching to a Medela Pump In Style Advanced which is a personal version of the Symphony.
Best wishes to her.
Originally Posted by LoveChild421
well her baby is now home, and although she is still pumping a few ounces of breastmilk for him everyday, he's pretty much on formula
Surprise, surprise he developed a preference for the bottle and his latch deteriorated since he was bottle-fed in the NICU for so long. I gave her my Avent ISIS and she does make a point to pump as much as she can and add that to his bottles so at least he does get some milk.
I am still waiting for a response to my letters, I still have a few more people to write to so hopefully at least some change will come from my observations and suggestions.