My son was born 8 weeks early and came home after 6 weeks. He is a great breastfeeder with a nipple shield, and for now we've been told he needs 2 bottles a day mixed with fortifier (hope to get rid of those soon, he's gaining weight fine.) So he's about full term now. I have a freezer full of expressed milk.
My problem is that I don't know how I am going to stop pumping without engorgement being a problem. I have already had mastitis once- I hope that was more related to exhaustion from all the hospital trips, but I sure don't want it again. The amount he eats at a feeding varies pretty widely, and I never know how long he'll wait between feedings. The lactation people from the hospital said I should be able to cut back to pumping every other feeding, then cut it out all together. So far, that isn't working out- I'm just a crazy milk factory.
I'd also like to know how to go about weaning from the nipple shield- right now he's often so ravenous that he won't open his mouth wide and screams in frustration if I don't get that nipple in his mouth right away. Sometimes he'll latch on a little after a feeding a take a bit of a snack without the shield, but when he's hungry I don't know how to not use it.
Any suggestions? Thanks in advance for your help. I'm so glad this resource is here.