Breastfeeding a preemie

Sara - posted on 01/21/2010 ( 5 moms have responded )

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When and before I got pregnant, I already decided that I was going to breastfeed, but since my son was born premature, he had trouble latching on to my breast. We worked on it for a quite some time, but since he was so little, it was difficult for him to latch. So I pumped and pumped and pumped, and got as much milk as I could and I still continued to try to breastfeed him in between the bottle feedings (with my breast milk in the bottle of course), and he started to be able to latch on better and we continued to work on it and we finally accomplished it. I'm just wondering if any other mothers had the same difficulties that I had when trying to breastfeed their preemie.

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Sarah - posted on 01/26/2010

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I had twins at 31 weeks and we had to dot he tube feedings(breastmilk of course) for the first two weeks then bottle and breast when I was in the NICU for the next two weeks. I pumped religiously every three hours. At first not even enought to wet the bag but eventually enough to feed an army. I read in one of my breast feeding books that preemie mommies make special milk for their preemie babies. After bringing them home I did have times where they did not want to latch but eventually they both became champs and they nursed for 16 months. I only stopped on the advice of a pediactric dentist which I now know to be fasle information or I would still be doing it and my kids are three. I loved every minute of nursing my twins(also the best diet I was ever on)

Iysha - posted on 01/26/2010

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I wasn't sure if I wanted to breastfeed or not..I didn't really have a preferance. When she was born and I found out that she was having issues taking a bottle, i didn't want to breastfeed at all. I didn't want my little girl to struggle more than she had to to eat. She was tube fed most of the time and took bottles some of the time and fell asleep right as soon as her mouth got to me. lol. So, I formula fed from basically the start and supplimented with the little breastmilk I had. I had to pump about 4 times to get a full 2oz feeding. I was happy with my choice. My baby grew quickly and is very healthy and is pretty average on the charts...that's pretty good since she barely was even on it at birth =]

Evalee - posted on 01/22/2010

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We had a few of the same issues. However the lactation consultant in the NICU suggested getting her to suck on a soother first than take the soother out and attach her to the breast. It worked like a charm. Now 7 months later I have yet to have any issues associated with a bad latch.

Megan - posted on 01/22/2010

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I always wanted to breastfeed but things just didn't work. I didn't have trouble with her latching on, I actaully had trouble finding the time to pump cause she was in the NICU for the first 2 weeks. Then without pumping all the time I wasn't able to start producing enough for one feeding. So she is on straight formula now.

Megan - posted on 01/22/2010

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I always wanted to breastfeed but things just didn't work. I didn't have trouble with her latching on, I actaully had trouble finding the time to pump cause she was in the NICU for the first 2 weeks. Then without pumping all the time I wasn't able to start producing enough for one feeding. So she is on straight formula now.

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