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Successfully breastfeeding a preemie

Posted by on Apr. 3, 2014 at 9:40 AM
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Both of my kids have been born preterm. My first was born at 34 weeks. I pumped exclusively for him for 6 weeks and then at that point my output went way down and we were still unable to get him to latch so we formula fed him. My daughter was just born at 35 weeks, she was on CPAP for almost a week and then spent another 5 days in the NICU learning how to feed. She went home at 12 days old bottle feeding breast milk. I had been working with lactation consultants everyday in the NICU, and when I came home they had me trying to nurse with a nipple shield AND SNS because she would not stay latched on at all unless the nipple shield were full at all times.. All of that equipment got exhausting fast. She wasn't eating enough from the SNS to fully feed her that way, so I was having to work with her on that and then follow up with a bottle and pump.. After a couple days of that I was beginning to think it wasn't going to happen and was considering just pumping as long as I could again. Then one morning I just happened to have her laying in the right position and noticed her rooting around on me. It was an hour and a half after her last bottle so I knew she wouldn't get frustrated, so I latched her on and she pacified for a while then went back to sleep. An hour later she was showing feeding cues, so I latched her again.. It took a few minutes but she did it! I immediately stopped offering bottles and just offered the breast every feeding. The day after we had a follow up appointment with our LC and did the before and after weight check and she ate a whole 2 oz from nursing for 20 minutes! We haven't had to do bottles in 3 days now. I have over 100 oz of breast milk frozen and have put the pump away :)

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MamaToCollin
by New Member on Apr. 3, 2014 at 10:02 AM

That's awesome!!  

Mom2Just1
by Platinum Member on Apr. 3, 2014 at 10:53 AM

That is awesome!  Just for future reference a weigh feed weigh is not accurate unless it is done over 24-48 hours.  You know she is getting enough by diaper count-6 in 24 hours. Soaking wet and poop always count as two.

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cabrandy03
by Brandy on Apr. 3, 2014 at 10:56 AM
Yay, keep up the good work :-)
Tckosdk.2012
by Silver Member on Apr. 3, 2014 at 10:59 AM

Good job momma!!!

abra
by on Apr. 3, 2014 at 2:09 PM
Nice work!!
firespurity
by Member on Apr. 3, 2014 at 2:12 PM
Yay. I converted two nicu babies to breast. Good job
stacy2607
by on Apr. 3, 2014 at 2:26 PM
That's awesome mama.. great job!
angela.bouchard
by on Apr. 3, 2014 at 2:45 PM
Her diapers have been perfect and she is gaining about 1 oz a day :-)

Quoting Mom2Just1:

That is awesome!  Just for future reference a weigh feed weigh is not accurate unless it is done over 24-48 hours.  You know she is getting enough by diaper count-6 in 24 hours. Soaking wet and poop always count as two.

Mom2Just1
by Platinum Member on Apr. 3, 2014 at 3:21 PM

Quoting angela.bouchard: Her diapers have been perfect and she is gaining about 1 oz a day :-)
Quoting Mom2Just1:

That is awesome!  Just for future reference a weigh feed weigh is not accurate unless it is done over 24-48 hours.  You know she is getting enough by diaper count-6 in 24 hours. Soaking wet and poop always count as two.

Awesome!  Weight gain should be average overall of 1lb a month.  Or 4-7 ounces per week.

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la_bella_vita
by on Apr. 3, 2014 at 3:21 PM
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 Awesome, you should be proud of yourself!

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