My son was born at 35 weeks by C-section and is now 6 weeks old. The Doctors discovered he had liver disease and at two weeks he had a pretty major operation. He has been fed by an NG tube from birth and I've been trying to get him to breastfeed since he was well enough post-op. He makes attempts to latch on, but so far we've had no success, he doesn't seem to open his mouth wide enough or put his tongue far forward enough.
My main concern at the moment is the length of time he has been on the NG tube, I find the feeding process very stressful and time consuming and I'm having to fit in pumping milk and looking after another child at the same time. I'm also worried that he'll become dependent on the tube. We have had little support from the hospital with regard to this.
I'm now considering trying him on bottles just as way to make sure he gets at least some oral feeds and moves closer to getting the tube removed. Has anyone had any experience of this and whether breastfeeding might still be possible or if we do choose the bottle option whether we can still establish breastfeeding after this? I'm getting increasingly stressed and worried about this as the weeks go by.