Re: How to help improve sucking stamina?
Congrats on your baby! My daughter was 33 weeks, so I have been where you are and know how very frustrating it can be. And I know when people gave me the advice I am about to give you, I would be so disappointed, but it's true. It just takes time. Preemies have to work so much harder and it's exhausting. So he's going to get tired and he's not going to suck as strongly as a baby who got to live in his perfect, warm, safe womb and come out when he was fully cooked.
What I can say is that you are in a much better place than I was. My daughter wouldn't even suckle until her gestational birthday and it took her another 2 months to get it right. At least he's nursing. He just needs time to get stronger. You are doing everything right, as far as I can tell. I know you don't want to hear that, but it's true. It will happen though.
If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun. - Katharine Hepburn