Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: on our funny little farm
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I know it is hard to leave older siblings at home while you are with your baby in the hospital. We had to do this for most of the time Zephan was in the NICU (4 weeks).
Although I was completely determined to breastfeed - and generally terrified of bottles and formula - we consented to have Zephan bottle fed pumped breastmilk 2 times a day. This allowed me a 5 hour stretch between breastfeedings to be with my family or to sleep a longer stretch at night. I really enjoyed these times with my older boys and my husband. This was in December, so we finished our Christmas shopping. We went out for special dinners. I would go home to help with bath and bedtime. My husband and I even went on a few dates.
Deciding to use a few bottles may or may not work for you, but at least for our family, this proved to be a good balance. Had I been at the hospital 24 hours a day for a month, I would have literally gone crazy. I can also understand the feeling of never going home...I think many of us who have been through the whole NICU thing have faced that uncertainty!
We've been home from the hospital for 1 month now, and in that month Zephan's had maybe 4 bottles. We're exclusively breastfeeding and he's doing great. You will get there mama, hang in there!