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Has anyone successfully nursed a preemie? Right now, I am still supplementing with bottles 6 times a day. I try to nurse at night but honestly, when she nurses, I don't think she does much. If I give her a bottle (we're using breastflow bottles) she'll continue sucking until it's gone but if I nurse, she falls asleep.
I'm wondering if she'll eventually just get it or if I'm going to have to plan everything around pumping for the next year.
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I tried a couple times in the NICU but he'd desat every time. Since desats were the thing keeping him there, I decided to stop trying until he came home. Then when we tried it at home, he'd scream bloody murder any time my boob got near him. So I figured, "This is not a good bonding experience for either of us" and just pumped. I managed to go a year exclusively pumping. I figured by then he was ridiculously fat and plenty healthy, and by the time our freezer stash was gone, he was ready for whole milk.
This time around, I'm really hoping to nurse, preemie or no preemie...but I also know that stuff happens and I just have to roll with it.
I feel like I've been pretty successful with both my dd and ds. Both of them just picked up latching around 3mos. I would try with or with out the shield but, that never went very well. So I pumped and pumped. Then just one day they woke up and decided to latch.
A couple of things that really helped me is try to latch sort of between bottle feedings when your babe isn't extremely hungry and cranky. She'll have more focus and be more apt to try new things.
I only used the sns, supplemental nursing system, a few times but, I feel like it really helped. Ds latched soon after I started using it. I feel like it helped him realize "Hey, this is just as good as a bottle".
I still pump so I can give fortified bottles a couple of times a day but, he is doing so well bfing that he almost likes eating with mama more than the bottle now
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