My LO was born at 31 weeks due to Pre-E. She spent exactly one month in the NICU and came home with us 2 1/2 weeks ago. She was 3.1 at birth and was 4.7 the day she left the hospital. As of last Friday, she was up to 5.8! She's doing great!
My questions pertain to bf'ing. When she was first born, I pumped while in the hospital (was in for 14 days total due to Pre-E, 8 of those days after her birth) she was given her food via tube feeds at first and then was introduced to a bottle (all of mama's milk) and then eventually graduated to all 8 feedings by bottle (as required for her to be released from the hospital). At time of discharge she was eating 35mls/feeding. (5 feedings of pumped milk and 2 bottles a day of Neosure as a supplement).
Once we got her home, at the suggestion of the LC, we put her to breast 1-2 times/day with the aid of a nipple shield (her mouth is tiny and they thought she might not be able to latch properly because of it) and she took to it right away!
Here's my issue- when I was pumping and she was eating her meals by bottle, I knew EXACTLY how much she was getting. I guess I'm trained in that way and it's hard for me to bf her and NOT know how much she is getting. Also, when she was on bottles, I fed her every 3 hours. With bf'ing she wants to eat more often.
So, how do I tranisition from pumping to just bf'ing her, not knowing how much she is getting and not keeping my eye on the clock? Her Ped said that I could also do one (not longer than 5 hour) stretch at night so I'm not waking her every 3 hours.
Anyone else have this issue- my bf'ing control issue?