Hi - I'm 34 and mommy to DS born 12/18/08 at 31 weeks, 3 lb 10 oz. He's doing great in the NICU with no major problems. Tried breastfeeding for the first time yesterday! He fell asleep. Oh, well, it was great.
I have been pumping now 8-9x day every 2-3 hours since he was born, and being totally new at this am wondering when the engorgement will go down. I still wake up for nighttime pumpings with hard, tender breasts, sometimes lumpy. I am producing 5-6oz per session. I don't want to risk losing my supply, but I wouldn't mind being a bit more comfortable. Is it the breast pump doing this?
Also, any thoughts on the HMF supplement? My doctor told me when he goes home he'll still need 2-3 feedings/day supplemented with the HMF - which obviously means - bottle feedings. It was hard to hear that b/c I really wanted to go exclusively to breast as soon as possible. I'm afraid he'll end up rejecting me for the bottle...
Thanks so much!