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mombare23015 posted:
Some of you know me from the Pregnancy boards, and some dont know me at all. Im sure I will be here fairly regularly for a bit. Im EP for my daughter who is currently in the NICU.

I had my daughter @ 34 wks gestation last week. I am pumping and taking it to the hospital for her. The nurse taking care of her today told me to NOT bring any more milk in until I call and see if they NEED any.. LOL Seems Im pumping about 2-3 times what she is eating in 1 day.. So I guess what Im going to pump for the next few days is gonna stay in my freezer until I need it for her.

My question is will my milk production increase as her needs increase?? Im afraid that she won't wanna nurse after being bottle fed the milk. Im producing about 24-30 oz right now in a 24 hr period, but I know that once she comes home and is not being fed a specific amount per feeding (48 ml) she will need more. This is my first preemie and I haven't had any experience with pumping and feeding excusively by bottle. With my youngest, I EBF and didn't pump until he was 2-3 months old and then only 1 feeding a day.

HELP!!! Hoping someone can help me and give me the reassurance I need that she will be able to nurse after being fed via bottle for over 2 weeks.

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simerlm responded:
Hi! Congratulations on your baby girl. It sounds like she is doing really well in the NICU. I had my daughter at 31 weeks and she was in the NICU for 5 weeks. She was bottle fed while there as well. She was probably about 3 months old when I started EBFing. The biggest problem that I had was that she was just so tiny and eating wore her out too much. It was difficult in the beginning for me. Once I got her home, I would try to latch her on at every feeding and then finish with the bottle. Then, she gradually started eating all she wanted and didn't need the bottle afterward. I tried using nipple shields also, but they didn't really work well for us. Oh, and when she nurses, it will stimulate your body to produce what she needs. Good Luck and I hope you get to bring her home soon!
 
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Jamelita responded:
Congrats! Sorry your baby is in the NICU, but she'll be out soon. 34 weeks is pretty good in the grand scheme of things I had my DD at 32 weeks and she spent one month in the NICU. She was tube fed at first, then bottle fed. Like Misty, we had some difficulty transitioning to EBFing, but we did it. I did the exact same thing as Misty, I would latch her on at every feeding and finish with a bottle (she was too tired to nurse for long in the beginning). By the time she was 3 months old she wasn't taking a bottle at all. If you are really dedicated, it can be done! As for the pumping, no it won't increase as her needs increase. In fact, for most people, pumping lowers their supply eventually. The only way your body knows what your baby needs is by her sucking. You can do it!
 
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smallfry_523 responded:
Hello I also had a preemie she was born at 31 weeks gestation. Every baby is different but my daughter breastfed after having the bottle in NICU. When your daughter gets closer to going home the nurses should work with you on Breastfeeding. When I would breastfeed in the hospital they would ask me how she fed and if I thought she was full and also they would weigh her before the feeding and then weigh her after the feeding to see what the difference was. I don't know if it was very accurate. And her feeding habbits will pick up and she will start going through all the breastmilk you have there. I would also continue pumping and storing it in the freezer for when she comes home.
 
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bcmom1 responded:
Congratulations on your new little girl! I was able to switch from EP to EBF with my DD. Unfortunately, we didn't get to start EBF until she was 2 months old and the pump really killed my supply. I took reglan and like 12 pills a day of Blessed Thistle and Fenugreek and drank Mother's milk tea. It helped, but I eventually wasn't able to keep up with her. I did like all the PP suggested with latching every meal and finishing with bottle when needed. I did use the nipple shields initially, which are a major pain in the butt, but worked for DD. 30 oz a day is great! Keep up the good work


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