My preemie son was born at 31 weeks at 2lbs 15oz. He is now 6 weeks old and the doc is happy with his weight gain, but what I want to know is, how soon can I begin breastfeeding exclusively? (When discharged, I was "allowed" to breastfeed once a day and give fortified breastmilk for his other feedings). I asked my doctor but he told me to continue this routine to not stress out the baby. I want to respect his call, but it seems like my baby is beginning to prefer bottle over breast, and I want baby to get used to more breast time.
In the beginning, I used to be able to pump 5-7oz of milk at each session, nowadays I'm lucky to get 2oz of milk. I've been having trouble with clogged ducts, which is probably why my supply is decreasing. plus the fact that I have two older kids and a husband who's job takes him away 1/2 the week - who has time to get enough rest for an adequate milk supply?
I want to begin breastfeeding exclusively so I can stop pumping and *hopefully* end my clogged duct problem. Is it okay to stop offering fortified bottles now that my baby is home and growing well?