2 posts in one day! I've been writing, just not publishing. My brain does not function properly these days, it feels like it's just constantly cloudy up in there. I started the following post over the weekend, came back to it on Monday and finished it today. I really do need some advice if you have any on the topic.
Ethan was bottle fed formula from the time he was born. We were not
given the chance to latch and bond with breastfeeding at the time of
birth relative to his prematurity. While in the NICU, we attempted to
breastfeed but due to his lethargy and inability to fully wake up, we
had no success. Also, although the NICU nurses pushed breastfeeding
initially, they subtly hinted that he could be there longer if he did do
full feedings per the doctor's orders at each feed. I gave up and
pumped. My milk came in on the Monday after he was born (he was born on Friday). Then they
fortified my milk for 24 hours. Also, several times over the first few
days he was gavage fed breast milk through a NG (naso-gastric) tube.
Since then he has been fed expressed breastmilk via a bottle.
pediatrician gave me the go ahead this past Monday to exclusively breastfeed for
the next 2 weeks, if he continues to gain weight, no more bottles!!!!
does seem like we might have a few problems. He has no ability to latch
on, and I may have flat nipples, so I bought myself a nipple shield and
he did great all day. I'm a little concerned that I
can't keep track of how much he gets at each feeding because I can't see
it like I could the bottles, but I think we will do fine. And if he
prefers the plastic of the nipple shield over a natural latch, so be it,
I'm not going to get worked up over that. Maybe we will be able to
ditch it in the future, maybe not.
Scratch that last
paragraph, I breastfed for 24 hours from about midday Monday to midday
Tuesday and pumped after each feeding. After 24 hours, I became so
engorged and sick, I had to pump and bottle feed. It felt like my head
was going to pop off. My boobs were huge and painful and I had a
horrible headache, fever of 100.5, was lethargic (beyond my new state of
being tired all the time). With pumping and Tylenol, my fever broke in
the middle of the night, so I've still been bottle feeding. I called
the local lactation consultant for help with switching from bottle to
breast. I'm hopeful that I can get an appointment in the next day or so
because I think our window of opportunity for learning to breastfeed is
My main issue seems to be that milk supply currently exceeds little E's demand and the flow overwhelms him. I can double pump a total of 6 oz every 3 hours, whereas E is just eating about 2 oz or slightly more.
Really any advice would be much appreciated!