Separate from the issue of whether breastmilk is superior to formula, there seems to be a bottle bias at many hospitals.
Doctors, nurses and parents of preemies often say things like:
-breastfeeding takes more effort than bottle feeding
-breastfeeding burns more calories than bottle feeding
-breastfeeding is more difficult for a lot of babies
-bottle feeding gets most babies home sooner
Is there any research to back this up? Is there really a medical reason to go from an NG tube to a bottle first if the goal is exclusive breastfeeding?
On the flip side, are there resources to support a "tube to boob" approach for babies born prior to about 34 weeks, or exclusive breastfeeding for 34-36 weeks preemies?
We're anticipating the early arrival of our third son, who will most likely be born between 30-36 weeks due to ongoing preterm labor and possible iugr.