by pugmommy7 (311 Posts), Wed Apr 14, 2004 07:27 pm
HANG IN THERE!
I know how you feel. My daughter was a 3.6 pounder and was never a great latcher/suckler.
But I did feel like I was helping her by bottle fedding my breastmilk.
They also referred to it was "liquid gold" in my NICU,as Julie mentioned.
I pumped for 10 weeks, and then gave up.
I regret it seriously. I wish I had kept going and tried to boost my milk supply after she got home.(it dwindled after a while)Now I know some tricks.
I did notice, that when I pumped at the hospital, (They had a nursing pumping room,) I produced 2ce as much as at home.
I used to think that is was b/c thier machine was stronger, which it was...but after reading what Sharel wrote, I am starting to think it was more about being in her precence.
With this baby, if she isn't into it, I will still pump as long as possible.
If you really feel that stopping is what is right for you, don't let me sway your decision, but from what I gather , and that you even wrote this in the first place, you need some encouragement!
Please keep us posted, on this and the baby's stay in nicu. One day this will all be a bittersweet memory. And you'll have him all to yourself, with nothing to worry about but loving, hugging and kissing.
Mama to Bella,1/02/03, born 33 and 5/7 weeks at 3 lbs,6oz.Pre-E and PIH,& HELLP.
Babygirl #2,EDD 6/24/04