Matthew is now 6 1/2 weeks old and we are hoping he will be leaving the NICU very soon. The doctor said to be ready to possibley bring him home one day this week!! Right now he is being bed bottles of expressed milk when I am not there and nursing when I am. And he is off of the nipple shield and nursing directly. I am so proud of my little man - and proud of myself for sticking with it. When he was born at 29 weeks I never thought we'd make it this far with breastfeeding. But now he has gained over 2 pounds from my milk and is almost 5 1/2 pounds - he is even starting to outgrow his preemie clothes. I was never able to nurse my daughter who was also premature - I pumped for three months but whenever I tried to latch her on she acted like I was torturing her. Little Matthew loves it though. It is so obvious he prefers me to the bottle and I love to watch him as he settles down to nurse. I'm hoping to get him completely on the breast soon after he comes home- with maybe a bottle of expressed milk here and there. I can't believe he will be here soon - we installed the car seat tonight!!