I am a FTM and had my twins at 30 weeks 6 days (currently 6 weeks old at 36 weeks 6 days). We attempted bf a few times in the NICU with little to no success. The most one of the twins took in a 15 minute session was 8 mls and I think that was a fluke! I got quite frustrated and felt like I was doing something wrong. In order to get them home they needed to take all of their feedings so we went to all bottles. We have been home now for just over a week and I try to bf once in awhile but most of the time we are unsuccessful. Tonight I tried again and am sooo very excited that we had a successful 20 minute session with one of the twins. I pumped first for a few minutes to get my letdown. She latched right away which is typical and sucked and continued this pattern for a bit and got mad. I switched positions and she latched and sucked for about 20 minutes before she fell asleep. I know she was sucking and swallowing so there was intake. I offered her 20 mls in a bottle after which she took and then another 20 mls which she again tool. So she bf for 20 minutes and got 40 mls after in a bottle. (She typically takes 80 mls from a bottle) Here are my questions:
1. How long is a typical bf session with a preemie/newborn?
2. Since only 1 twin is bf, would you pump on both sides after to keep up my supply?
With the other twin he has issues with his tongue. He likes to keep it to the roof of his mouth. With a solid bottle nipple it is a little easier to coax him to let it down but with bf he doesn't drop it and gets very frustrated. He definitely is very interested and will latch when he drops his tongue down but doesn't suck for long. Any tips on how to help him learn to put his tongue down?
Re: Breastfeeding Preemies
And great job mama!! You are doing so great! Bf'ing a preemie is tough. Bf'ing two is a superpower!
Also if you go on the bf'ing board they have great advice but can be negative about ns's. For us it was ns or nothing at first. If you are working with a LC or can see one they can find the right size for you and ds.
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