We cannot go out lots due to RSV season. I have to stay close due to frequent pumping sessions. Sometimes my production is only one meal away from him being hungry. This causes me stress.
So my question is: How long were you able to pump for your preemie? Were you only pumping or doing both, breast feeding and pumping? Did your milk production decrease or did you decide to stop at that time?
Thanks in advance for your responses.
My 25wkr never learned to nurse. I think there was maybe one feed where we thought she nursed well enough that we didn't give her any milk through her feeding tube and a couple other times where we only gave her half of her normal feed through her feeding tube. I pumped for her 17mos and it was pure hell. I'd do it again in a heartbeat but it was not enjoyable at all. She had extremely high caloric needs and I could barely keep up even being on Reglan and then on Domperidone for about a year. I made a conscious choice to stop pumping after 17mos and weaned off of the pump because she was approved for donor milk from the insurance company.
When my DD came home, she was almost exclusively fed EBM in a bottle. Breastfeeding just wasn't going so great. I truly wanted her to be a breastfeeder, but there came a point when I almost threw in the towel. It was just too stressful. Then, because she was so colicky, we began to co-sleep. I'd also offer her the breast when she was worked up because that made her calm. Well, those two things made her switch to the breast!! It totally freaked me out because now there was no accurate way to measure how much she was taking in. And, you know after being in the NICU, everything is about measuring! I hired my own lactation consultant (one not associated with the hospital) and she helped us totally transition to the breast. However, I like to say that none of this was really my doing. My DD was so determined to breastfeed, so I feel like I am blessed.
Just realize you have to make the right decisions for you and your baby. In the end, no matter how many times I entertained the idea to stop pumping, it just never felt "right" to me. You have to decide what is right for you and your family and what makes you and your baby happy. It's not easy. But, then again, if it was easy, everyone would be blessed with preemies! :
I want to give him what is best for him but sometimes it is very difficult. On the 14th of January it will be 5 months of pumping. But sometimes I can be a little stubborn and do not know when to give up. I was hoping to make it to 6 months and then maybe 6 months corrected (10 weeks after). I have not given him formula yet.
It is nice to know that I am not the only crazy one who does this.
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I started breastfeeding with the shield. That is how my son learned in the Special Care Nursery. I kept on using it but he got bigger and learned how to latch on. When he eats he poops and makes noises and squirms. Sometimes he may be beyond hungry so he screams and will not latch on.
Someday this will be behind me but it is difficult to persevere through it.