I'm a pumping, working mom with dreams of breastfeeding my daughter but so far we haven't been successful.
Here's our background:
My daughter was born at 25 wks and 6 days and weighted a little less than one and a half pound. I've been pumping since day one and have a good milk supply. I started to bf when she was about 33-34 weeks (with a nipple shield because she was still so little and the poor thing could barely fit the nipple in her mouth). She didn't take much at first but she had a good latch and the nurses said she would probably transition to breastfeeding without a problem once she came home. However, when she was discharged (after a 3 months stay in the NICU and at a little over 4 pounds) her doctors recommended to only bf 2 times a day. They wanted me to bottle-feed her the rest of the time so I could add preemie formula and vitamins to my milk (to allow her to catch up with her growth).
Well of course, she quickly learned to prefer the bottle. She is now almost 6 months corrected age and doing really well but as far as breastfeeding goes there is no progress at all. Shield or no shield, nothing. In fact she resists to even be held in a nursing position.
I've met with a lactation consultant several times. The last time she observed us she said it wasn't impossible but improbable. She also asked why it was so important for me to bf at this point since my daughter was now doing so well. Maybe she's right but I still long to bf especially since I didn't get to carry her full-term and would love to bond with her in that way. But honestly...is it too late? Does anybody know of another baby who learn to BF past 6 months of age?