So our girls are 5 weeks old today and are doing great, except I'm struggling to figure out a good feeding routine. Currently, they eat every 3 hours and feeding time is an extensive and draining process, both for me and them. During a typical feeding when I'm by myself, I nurse one baby, bottle feed the other, pump after both are fed, finally wash/make bottles for next time. The whole process usually takes me close to 1 1/2-2 hours.
After leaving the NICU, the dr wanted us to continue with alternating bottle feedings with breast feeding. The bottles are breast milk, fortified with a NeoSure (1 tsp to 5oz of BM). One of our girls has choking episodes when breastfeeding (episodes of bradycardia where she holds her breath, then gasps, resulting in choking). Needless to say, she has done it since we left the hospital, but it has only gotten worse as her suck continues to strengthen and my milk flow increases (I basically "fire hose" her...). So, until further notice, she is completely bottle fed, while my other daughter still nurses every other time.
Because of her choking episodes, tandum nursing is completely out of the question and I'm nervous to even try tandum bottle feeding. Does anyone have any advice or good methods to help our feeding time go faster???? I didn't even mention how awful feeding time is if they both happen to wake up at the same time...I seriously feel like all I do is feed and the only time I'm interacting with them is while they're eating.