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|Thu, 11-11-2010 - 11:33am|
My name is Alyssa and my DS (Evan) is just over 3 weeks old. He was born at 34.5 weeks, and spent his first week in the hospital due to glucose, jaundice, and feeding issues. I have been pumping since he was born, and have also been attempting to BF. The BF is not going so well. We had multiple LCs and nurses at the hospital try to help us out. He can latch very well, but his suck/swallow technique is not well developed. He will nurse for 30-40 minutes, but then be hungry and take a full bottle feeding (right now, just over 2 oz) right after.
I find BF'ing is getting more and more frustrating. Most times we try I (or both of us) end up in tears. Other times he'll do what I explained above, and nurse forever but still be hungry. I keep getting advice from all sorts of people, but it's actually making things worse (and making me feel worse too).
The pumping is going well. My supply is higher than his demand, so I have a few bottles of milk in the fridge ready to go. This may sound strange, but I feel more connected to Evan when I feed him by bottle than by breast. Probably because there is no pressure to have a "successful" feed and I can just enjoy being with him. So, I am considering EP'ing, since it seems to work the best for our situation. I do have some questions about it though, so would love your input/suggestions!
1. How/when did you decide to EP? I know I'm just at 3 weeks PP, so there is still a good chance BF'ing could work -- I'm just wracked with guilt about how long I should keep trying.
2. I am pumping about every 3 hours. It would be great to reduce the number of pumping sessions in a day, but I don't want my supply to go down. When would it be okay to start decreasing the number of sessions?
3. How much EBM does he need in a given feeding/day? I saw on Kellymom that the typical range is 20-30 oz/day for babies that are 1-6 months old. Does that sound right? Is it different for premature babies?
Any other thoughts/advice would be much appreciated! Thanks in advance!