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November 10th, 2011, 10:08 AM
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How are you/did you feed your preemie?

I was lucky to have an over abundance of breast milk, so that is what Jim ate. But he never nursed. He would desat horribly when I tried to nurse him in the NICU, so we stopped trying until he came home, and then he would scream bloody murder anytime my boob came near him. It clearly wasn't a good bonding experience for either of us, with him screaming and crying and me feeling like he was rejecting me and I was failing him as a mother...so I just gave up and pumped, for a year. It is a big relief to me that Maggie is nursing so well, I was afraid I wouldn't be able to nurse her either, but luckily she will eat from bottle or boob, as long as it has milk in it! I also feel lucky that we never had to deal with finding the right formula for either kid, I know that can be very hard.
~Beth in Seattle

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November 11th, 2011, 08:54 PM
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Chloe was given pumped milk through the NG tube the first few weeks, then the doctors recommended switching to formula for health concerns. She's been on Similac Neosure ever since.

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November 12th, 2011, 02:11 PM
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Pumped Breastmilk in a bottle mostly. She breastfed a bit, but we had to put in the HMF to make my milk fattier for her, so she got mostly bottles. Then at around 9 months (?) she started getting some Enfamil too.

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November 13th, 2011, 06:14 AM
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Travis had an NG tube for 11 months. I pumped for 10 mos so he got breastmilk through the NG tube and a bottle. We tried to breastfeed but it was never successful due to his very weak suck and low endurance.

With Ava, we are working on beastfeeding. She is breastfed only throughout the day and I give her bottles overnight while I pump. I make enough milk for quintuplets, so no problems there.
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