October 25th, 2016, 09:35 PM
Hi! I need support more than help, but if you have any suggestions, they would be appreciated.
I "gave birth" to my daughter when she was 28 6/7 weeks gestation. She is now 57 days and still in hospital. I've been pumping 800ml as recently as last thursday. She's been feeding on my milk plus a fortifier added to my milk.
This weekend, we started breastfeeding on demand - it was going great, I'd be there for her all the time, overnight close to the bedside (hard to sleep in a NICU), and they would call me when she would start waking up when I wasn't there. I'd get there, feed and be happy with the result. She would gulp, gulp, gulp - sooo much milk to manage (probably a bit too much, but she seemed to be doing alright, she wasn't letting go of the nipple or anything)
Problems started happening - she stopped breathing, her blood oxygen would drop, she'd need oxygen to come back up, her heart would slow right down. By Sunday, she had 40 or 50 of these episodes.
Because of this, I think my breasts "closed down". I'm pumping... 10mls every 2 hours. I have never been so stressed out.