I'm not sure where best to get a good answer for this so will post here and other forums. I'm new here and this is my first post. My son wasn't premature but I thought some of you might have some good advice.
Has anyone managed to breastfeed a child who hasn't fed on the breast for a long period of time?
Basically I love breastfeeding. I breastfed my 2 year old until a year old and was really looking forward to feeding my new baby as well. Unfortunately soon after birth my baby boy was diagnosed with a very rare condition called Hyperinsulinism and has been at Great Ormond Street ever since. He has been getting all his nutrients (TPN) for his entire life from a drip and although I try many times a day to get him to latch on he hasn't actually done so for the last week or so. I am expressing 5x day for the last 10 weeks and hate it. I only do it because I have that hope that one day I will be able to breastfeed my son like a normal mum. I now have about 8 freezer bags full of EBM so if I stopped pumping then I would be able to give him EBM for a long period rather than formula. However I want to BF and feel quite strongly that the closeness you get from BF is unique.
Has anyone expressed for a long period and then managed to get baby to latch on in the end? What advice could you give?