My daughter is nearly 3 months old. I would love advice on the best way to get her back nursing again and giving up the bottle. I am not sure if this is the right forum to ask the question, though.
I nursed exclusively the first 3 weeks. However, due to aspiration, she wouldn't gain weight and was diagnosed FTT. She had an ng feeding tube put in for a few weeks. I EP through this time. Eventually she made enough progress to have the ng tube out and could swallow thickened liquids. Unfortunately, BM can't be safely thickened to a predictable consistency so she has been on thickened formula for about 1 1/2 months.
I have been pumping continually through this time and have been freezing it. Now that my daughter is ready to be on regular liquids, I am wondering on the best way to reintroduce the breast.
She will nurse when the breast is offered, but I can tell from the way my breasts feel that she is not getting a lot. However, she is soothed and comforted. I have been following up with a bottle (I have a freezer full of BM) to try to get enough calories into her. Is this what you would recommend?
Should I be pumping between feedings to maintain my supply? I am afraid that pumping will maintain my supply, but I won't have enough milk to offer her when she is willing to nurse. But without pumping my supply will decrease because she isn't eating an equivalent amount while nursing.
Or should I try taking away the bottle right away and try to get her to nurse more often? I don't know if she physically can get enough milk out right now, but I also don't want to make it too easy by just going to the bottle.
I have successfully nursed 4 other kids, so I know how things are suppose to go. I am hoping somebody can offer some kind of road map for getting there, because I haven't had to re-introduce nursing before.
Thanks for any advice!