I gave birth to BG twins 10/8 after bout of Pre-E. They were born at 33 weeks and spent 17 and 19 days in the NICU respectively.
I have been very determined to BF and so since DAY 1 have been pumping round the clock every 3 hours for 20-30 minutes a session. Honestly, I am exhausted with it and *hate* my pump at this point, but am continuing in the hopes that my LO's will catch on soon and BF.
I am pumping enough to supply them without supplementing, but not sure how much longer that will last if they don't start nursing successfully. I am able to pump 6-8 ounces a session.
In the NICU I tried BFing twice a day the last week they were there. Since being home, trying to put them each to breast, pump, bottle feed, clean the bottles and pump supplies, plus the diaper changes, clothing changes, etc, I am exhausted.
I recently looked at Dr. Newman's website that I hadn't heard of before, and it put me in tears. About everything the NICU nurses told me about preemies needing bottles, supplements, "wait" to nurse, etc seems contrary to his advice.
So, am I doomed? My LO's are 4 weeks old. Is it "too late" to get them to become exclusive BFers? My plan is to try some sort of BFing boot camp this week if anyone has some great advice I would LOVE IT.
My little boy will latch on ok, but promptly fall asleep. It is like my breast is a nice warm pacifier to him. If he is really hungry, after latching for a minute or so, he will then pull back--seemingly frustrated (due to slowness? having to "work" for milk?) and yells. I try putting him to breast a few times and then out of frustration I get him a bottle of BM and he happily drinks it. He isn't a very vigorous sucker anyway.We had to get him a faster flow nipple for bottle as he was only drinking half the volume his sister does.
My little girl isn't much into latching on. She opens her mouth about as wide as necessary for a bottle. She rarely gets upset, so if I keep trying she will eventually just go to sleep without even latching.
I've had two bouts of clogged milk ducts (self-diagnosed) that had me in tears of pain ready to throw away my pump. I know I am exhausted from getting no more than 2 consecutive hours of sleep at a time (usually no more than 60-90 minutes) but I am feeling very frustrated and incompetent.
I love my babies dearly, and so want to BF them. I am hoping to only return to work on a very limited PT basis, so that I can mostly be a SAHM and BF my babies. My *dream* is to successfully tandem nurse my twins.
Thanks for reading my long story....any assistance greatly appreciated!!
PS: Do you ladies use vitamins? I read conflicting information regarding its necessity with BM.