Breastfeeding a NICU baby?
My daughter Tessa was born at 34w6d and is currently in the NICU. Tomorrow I will be five days post partum and we are attempting our very first actual breastfeeding session. At the moment, I am getting about an ounce a breast at each pumping session. My daughter loves the pacifier and seems to like the elongated nipple. She has played around my nipple and had a few quick on/off latches. My husband had a wonderful idea to pump for five minutes, and get my nipple swollen and thicker/longer before than trying to get my daughter to latch. Does that seem like a good idea? Any other helpful hints to elongate my nipple? I want the nipple shield to be the last option. Do any other mommas have any tips when it comes to breastfeeding a NICU baby, and building up a supply while your child is hospitalized? Thanks so much in advance, ladies!