My LO was born at 35 weeks and was in the NICU for 15 days. We have been struggling with BFing the whole time. She just turned 12 Weeks old and we are still working really hard. Offering the breast supplementing with bottle and pumping. I am struggling with low supply as well. I have been wooing with an IBCLC and she basically says that we are doing all we can and to keep it up. We have used an SNS as well which was going great but she has recently started falling asleep halfway through and I have to give her the rest with a bottle. Weekend before last we took a long car ride to visit my family and she did GREAT. She was latching on at every feeding and I could hear her swallowing and everything. Mother's Day morning she nursed from both sides for about 15 min total! What a gift!
But by the end of the trip she was not as interested in BFing and I chalked it up to exhaustion and lack of routine. We have been fighting to come back ever since (almost 2 weeks now). She is fighting the breast and the SNS is less effective. I thought we were so close!
We have come so far and I want this to work SO badly. My friends and family keep saying it is ok to give up. I know that comes from them wanting to be supportive and not feel like a failure but I will be heartbroken if this doesn't work. Also, I am not ready to give up when I still feel like success could be right around the corner!
A little encouragement could go a long way here!