My 25 weeker Penga is almost 36 weeks (10 1/2 weeks in NICU). We've been kangarooing and there have been great development on the part of Penga as to knowing and liking my breasts (she roots for, licks & suckles my breasts.)
Now doctors are talking about starting nippling. I wished that the first nippling experience for her to be on my breast, but due to the size mis-match (as per VERY supportive LC - my nipples are too big (I'm using size Large (27mm) frindge for pumping) for little Penga's mouth (Penga is still under 4 pounds) ,) we plan to start finger-feeding her. Once her mouth is big enough, we will try to have her latch-on and drink BM from me. It seems though bottle-feeding is probablly unavoidable at sometimes in the process.
As per LC, Penga will needs at least another 2 weeks or so for her mouth to be a good match with my nipples.
My question is:
Can we wait to start nippling for another 2 weeks? As per LC's assessment, Penga's sucks are good but uncordinated (which is typical of preemies). I know most preemies start nippling between 32 and 35 weeks and it is normal for them to take time learning suck-swallow-breath coordination. It is also normal for them to get supplemental BM after BF sessions.
Penga is still getting oxygen through nasal cannula (still HHNC - high humidity (and high flow) nasal cannula).
I will appreciate any comments/suggestions, as well as plain support for Penga & my growing breastfeeding relationship. Thank you!