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Well I know for a fact my son NEEDED to be topped off. He didn't have the physical capability to nurse enough to take in enough calories to cover what he ate, let alone enough to make up the deficit of being pushed to develop for the months in the the nicu vs the womb.
Trust me, if I could have done it, I would have. There's nothing more fun than putting him to breast, giving him a bottle, then pumping, no more than every 3 hours. That was a 2-3 hour adventure every feeding. Plus taking care of a 3 year old.
I totally know what you're saying. There's a big difference between a micro preemie (I think you said yours was a 25wkr) and a 28-30wkr (I don't remember exactly her baby's gestation). And you're right it's very likely that your son couldn't fully nurse even if you did cut out bottles. An older preemie however is likely to have success with this. My son was a 29wkr and we were able to cut out bottles and he did catch on to nursing. With my 25wkr no matter how hard I tried that was never a possibility. She is still tube fed at almost 3yrs. You run into many more feeding problems with babies born 23-26wks. I don't think anyone said anything to make you feel bad but I thought I would point out the big difference that even those 3 short weeks can make. It's amazing!
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|It just worries me when people make blanket statements like babies don't need topped off, since preemies can be so very different.|