Hi, I am sure this has been asked and said many times, but there is something about writing a personal post (almost a vent) with personal answers that just helps.
I gave birth to my preemie at about 31weeks, - He has done amazing ever since being born (breathed solo since birth, gained weight, is now out of incubator, and taking each feeding from the bottle)
I have an amazing supply (almost 40ozs per day) - I think that is mostly due to the fact I was BFing my older toddler throughout my pregnancy so my body just remembered what to do - My boy is only getting BM, gaining weight at a great pace (no fortification in anyway) - And hell I have tons of milk to spare and am even donating the spare milk
My biggest issue, is I can't get him to actually breastfeed- He is almost 35weeks, and I know the lactation consultant at the hospital says "he will get it" but it isn't helping, I feel like a failure, and I hate this goddamned breastpump (I can't wait to drop kick the thing down the stairs) - One time he got it, and nursed and it was amazing, but ever since then he will root, latch, suck for a moment, (literally one or two sucks) and either look confused, or fall asleep right there and then, I have tried skin on skin, keeping him uncovered, playing with his feet, football position, - Yet the moment I give him the whore-y bottle (That horrible little Snappy bottle that just throws milk at him like it is nothing) - he guzzles it down, and is the happiest little chubalub you ever seen - I almost take it personally - I want to breastfeed, my body can and is making tons of milk, but I just can't get him to do it.
the consultant says he will need to transition from bottle to breast and he "wont go straight to breast" when he comes home - but I definitely want a less milk throwing bottle if I have to have one, what do you suggest? How did you get your preemie from bottle to breast - I do have very large breasts (is that an issue for a preemie? I mean my breast is literally BIGGER than he is right now)
I would love some tips, advice to do the swiftest easiest transition from bottle to breast, I can't stand bottles, I loved nursing my other baby, it was just that thing only I could do, and was that special bonding time I want and need and I can't stand the thought of being stuck with bottles, I know it's a selfish thing to want, I should be thanking the gods my milk supply is so good, but I want my cake and to eat it too I want to full time breastfeed again
Any tips on how to begin the transition from bottle to breast? I am willing to spend almost any amount on strange and whacky bottles if it will help I just want my breastfeeding sessions back, and to drop kick that pump down the stairs