Re: BF preemie w/ Hypoplastic/Tubular br
Hi! Seems to me that you can pump everyhing she eats right now, and if she ends up needing supplementation later (not that Im saying she will) you can deal with that then. So is the LC saying the breast shape is affecting the latch? It seems to me that the latch is the issue, not the supply. Our experience was remarkably similar! Though I have unconventional nipples, not breast tissue. Also 34w, gavage feeding, bottle introduction, pumping, 2 wks in NICU. it took us until our due date to make the switch to the breast. Part of that was a tongue tie issue, some of it was just LOs bottle preference. I highly suggest looking at kellymom for info on moving from bottle to breast. I found finishing at the breast, dreamfeeds, and appropriate bottle technique pivotal. I also needed lots of help with the latch over several weeks, even after we made the switch. Finally, making the switch was a leap of faith: he'd gained enough that I knew we'd be safe if he didn't get as much for a day or two, but we were ok as long as we fed for hour sessions, and we were able to make it stick. I'm happy to share details if theyd be helpful.
Good work with the pumping!
Mother to a sweet boy, born at 34 weeks on 2/11/11.
Proud that I grew 26 lbs of baby before solids, and still counting...
We received banked milk in the NICU. Thank you, donors!!!