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alittlelost July 25th, 2013 11:39 AM

What should i do?
Baby may come home Friday. Currently when I nurse her at nicu, she still takes 1 or 2 oz after. She isn't interested in nursing more but takes the bottle. At her other feeds, she takes 3 oz via bottle. (All breastmilk). I never felt the need to worry about how much baby ate with my older kids, but they weren't born in the same circumstances.

When she comes home, should I just abandon my fear and only offer the breast? Or should I just offer breast first at every feed then finish with bottle until she stops needing to eat more after nursing?

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CrunchyMommaTo2 July 25th, 2013 05:09 PM

Personally I would offer breast as often as baby wants it and not a bottle. They tend to eat more than necessary when offered a bottle and may not actually be hungry. I was a NICU RN and its very much about so many ounces every 3 hours when there but not so much so at home. As long as baby is nursing, has wet diapers, and is gaining weight I would only offer breast.

ThaiSpice July 25th, 2013 06:36 PM

Ditto. As long as baby is gaining weight and having enough wet diapers, there's no need to offer a bottle. I would just breastfeed on demand.

mgm78 July 26th, 2013 04:54 AM

Re: What should i do?
I would stop with the bottle and if you are using any pacifiers. Make the breast the only place your baby can get their need to suck satisfied and put them to the breast as much as possible. Hopefully once you are home, things will fall into place and get easier!

alittlelost July 26th, 2013 01:48 PM

Re: What should i do?
Thanks! This is what I will do, then :) This whole situation has made me feel like a breastfeeding newb... that and it's been 5 years since my last baby. I hope I can breastfeed her as long as I have my other kids (18 months - 3 years).

mgm78 July 26th, 2013 02:02 PM

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juleeannk July 31st, 2013 06:47 AM

Re: What should i do?
I would offer only breast too, but I would suggest doing it under the care of a LC. Was your baby premature (you mentioned NICU)? Premature babies sometimes have a harder time transferring milk and can transfer more with a nipple shield. You wouldn't have to see one for long I suspect. Just to do a few before and after feed weight check to see the milk transfer and to ensure the baby is gaining weight properly.

alittlelost July 31st, 2013 06:57 AM

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I need to find a local LC my insurance will cover. I spoke to my midwife about it and she helped me find the problem (I was still exclusively pumping until yesterday because every time I tried to feed it hurt like hell, despite her having a beautiful latch! The problem was simple--I needed nipple cream BEFORE feeding. I was only using it after. For some reason using it before stops the baby from clamping down on me. It's the weirdest thing! So now here we go again...

And yes she is preemie and was in NICU for 6 weeks.

juleeannk July 31st, 2013 07:02 AM

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Do you have Aetna? What area are you in? I may be able to recommend one who has your insurance.

alittlelost July 31st, 2013 08:12 AM

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No I don't. I had pregnancy medicaid. I think I have nothing now actually because I'm past 6 weeks.

juleeannk July 31st, 2013 08:47 AM

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You can always check out Baby2Breast, many on there are reasonable and some do a sliding scale. Also, if baby still has insurance, you may be able to bill under the baby.

alittlelost July 31st, 2013 08:57 AM

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Awesome! Baby still has insurance. I will check out Baby2Breast!

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