My daughter is almost 37 weeks and has been in the NICU for 2 months. We started breastfeeding at 34 weeks at least once a day. On Friday she was transferred to Pediatrics and I was able to start rooming in with her and offering get breast every feed. And since that started my amount pumped dropped, from 392mL the day before to 332mL.
I know that some decrease is to be expected since she is able to transfer some milk. I'm just worried because I've had a really hard time getting my supply up and she still needs a bottle after breastfeeding. She was getting 49mL gavaged at every feed and for the last day we've managed to forgo any gavaging. Instead she spends about 15-20 minutes at one breast, then I offer her a bottle and she takes about 40mL. Then I pump and where I was getting from 40-50mL I'm now getting 30-40mL. This repeats every 3 hours. I pump for 30 minutes. I'd prefer it if I was pumping at or more then she needed in the bottle each time. I started fenugreek a week ago and that helped to boost me out of a plateau.
We've done pre and post weight and she gets about 10-15mL at breast. She gets nepsure formula added to her bottles for extra calories. I'd love yo get her off the formula because it makes her very gassy. She has a good latch with the nipple shield and a strong suck, she's just not transferring as much milk as I'd like her to. I have a rather slow flow, and a gentle let down. As I said at breast she seems to average about 1mL per minute. I don't let her go more than 20 minutes at the breast because otherwise she gets to tired to take her bottle. She needs to take ask her meals via nipple with nothing gavaged for at least two days and still gain weight before we can bring her home.
I know that she's doing very well considering her age. And I think eventually we'll get to exclusive breastfeeding. I was just so looking forward to breastfeeding her and an feeling a bit like a failure. I know I'm not but I it's hard to quiet these doubts. That I'll be able to produce enough milk; that she'll be able to transfer it.