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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