Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Breast Feeding Update (Short and Sweet Version)

After so many people left such wonderfully supportive comments on this post, I really should have given a status update long ago. Sorry!

The short story is that, yes, I have been able to breast feed Michael. He needs to take two bottles a day, which contain expressed breast milk with some turbo charged preemie formula mixed in, because our pediatrician still wants him to have some extra calories. I only pump after one of the bottle feedings, which means we'll eventually have to supplement with the super formula mixed with water instead of breast milk. I do not think this is the end of the world. Our nursing sessions are far from perfect, mostly because Michael will not nurse unless I use a nipple shield, but we are in a much better place than we were in two months ago. Will he ever learn to nurse without the nipple shield? The pediatrician thinks no, but I am still trying to decide how hard I'm willing to work to make it happen.

(Is Blogger having photo issues for anyone else? I was going to include a rather hilarious picture of what Michael looks like after he nurses and is all satisfied but Blogger isn't cooperating. You'll have to use your imaginations.)

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Mommy Daisy said...

I'm glad to hear the update. I was wondering what happened. Good for you. My son always used the nipple shield, but he started getting tired of breastfeeding (mostly due to lack of milk from me) at 4 months. But I decided I would use the nipple shield if that's what it took, and it did. Keep trying though, he's still young.

samantha jo campen said...

Oooh I've been wondering! So glad things are better. Sadly, I haven't been able to nurse Theo in over a month and have been pumping like a mad woman to MAYBE get him oz (and that's over the course of a few DAYS). My milk supply is gone. Today was his last breast milk bottle and it makes me sadder than I ever thought possible. Congrats to you for keeping at it. And he's getting so big so you know it's helping! (the picture of Michale in my head is super cute--hope you can post it sometime!)

samantha jo campen said...

(That was supposed to say FOUR ounces)

CARRIE said...

I think any mom who continues to breastfeed despite struggles deserves lots and lots of kudos!