With the arrival of my premature son to our home, my wife and I are struggling with the best way to feed him.
The nurses suggested we continue with the timed interval feeding that the babies were receiving at the hospital. This means structured feeding at strict 3 hour intervals, and let the baby decide how much to eat at each feeding, making sure they get enough throughout the whole day.
Some perusing the internet has led me to believe some people believe that this is not the best thing for the baby, and we should instead let him eat whenever he feels he is hungry, what they call the demand method. Thailand generally adopts the practices of the US around 30 years ago, so it is not surprising this latter view is a rather recent development.
Does anyone have any opinions or advice on the proper way to feed our twins? They were born at 32 weeks, and they are about 35 weeks gestational age now. The boy has been home for 3 days, and the girl should be coming home next week. We are bottle feeding them as the pregnancy was achieved through a gestational surrogate.
Currently, due to a shortage of breast milk, we are giving them 50% breast milk and 50% preterm formula.