when my twins were born a little early (35 weeks gestation - after 14 weeks bedrest, whew!). . . I started nursing Nicholas and he did pretty well. Celia was 3'14" at birth and stayed in the NICU a bit and had trouble nursing and they wanted her to gain weight, so I pumped right away for her. Once I got home, and the overwhelming reality of twins set in, I found it easier to pump while I adjusted. At about 2 months old I set out to try to nurse with gusto. I was so excited. . .but, after having Celia screaming at me (colic) and Nicholas frustrated I tried for a couple weeks and eventually let it go. I tried getting our local LLL volunteer to help me, but I felt like I was bothering her. I found it easier to return to exclusive pumping. So, here I am at 5 1/2 months and I haven't had to supplement. Luckily, I tend to make a lot of milk.
But, lately, I am having to drag myself to the "pumping chair" and I am wondering if they would even learn to nurse now that they are happier (Celia's colic is gone) and they are older and wiser (maybe learn quicker, but on the other hand may like their Dr. Brown nipple too much). I guess I am okay with continuing pumping, but just looking for a change.
SO, if anyone has taught an older baby to nurse, how did you do it? I don't want to stress them out either. Nursing should be enjoyable for all involved. Maybe I could get them to take a bottle for my Dh, and nurse from me???
Sorry so long!!!