my girls were born at 35 week,s and spent 10 days in the NICU..
first, bottles, we first used the little ones from the hospital with the one time use nipples that were easy to suck from then we graduated to playtex wiht the liners bc you can really squeeze the air out of them. my one baby was really gassy too and had bad reflux so we had to elevate her and everything! we didn't actually start exclusively nursing till they were three months old. like, three months after they were actually born, not thier gestational age..
I don't quite understand the LC either. Itis hard at the beginning. no two ways about it. but you will find a groove. when we first started actually nursing I found it easier to nurse one at a time to make sure they got my total focus to ensure they were doing it right.. I dont remember much about the first couple of months.. I thnk i was really sleep deprived. =) aren't we all!!
we didn't have to supplement with formula all that often bc I was VERY insistant on the breastmilk. I ate ALOT and my midwife gave me fenugreek to pump up my supply. maybe check with you dr about that?? also, the more they nurse, they more milk you will make. at least, that has held true for us..
I forge tthe other questions, but if I can, I will try to go back and answer some more!!
Also, the gas releif drops did help also although I used those as a last resort.. I tried walking her and bouncing lgihtly on my thighs, belly rubs, etc..
HTH! good luck!