It can be helpful to stay in contact with other parents of premature children. Surround yourself with those who have experienced the same breastfeeding issues in connection with breastfeeding preemies.
Breastfeeding a Premature Baby
I had a baby four weeks early, but due to pregnancy complications, I didn't have enough amniotic fluid for the baby. By 36wks the baby was full grown and healthy; no NICU nothing, but he weighed and measured a baby eight wks early.
He is four weeks now, and because of his small size, in the beginning, I couldn't get him to latch on and now at four weeks I am still struggling. He seals his tongue against the roof of his mouth.
I even have a hard time getting him to take a bottle because of his tongue. He is the size of a newborn now so should I give more time?
My milk supply is decreasing more and more, and because of my small breasts, the pump doesn't work at all, I am getting discouraged. I have a meager supply of milk and feel like giving up, but I know it is better for the baby. I try hand expressing, but I still only get about 1 tbsp every 2hrs. Please help, I don’t want to give up.
I breastfed all of my other children and had no problem and tons of milk. I feel like I'm failing my baby right now. Thank you for listening to my ramble.
Re: Breastfeeding a premature baby
I had similar problems with my first born. It can get very frustrating.
First of all, you can stop stressing, you say your milk supply is going down - this is no biggy, why I say this is because as long as you are still producing small amounts of milk, by the time your baby starts latching on correctly, you will produce more milk. Breast milk supply can increase quickly within a few hours, with an increase in demand.
I have now recently reviewed a product called "sacred tea" Have you heard of it? I, myself sometimes struggle with a lower supply. I first tried Fenugreek capsules, but saw almost no difference, then I tried this tea, and after the first night I noticed a huge increase. It contains all natural organic ingredients like Fenugreek, alfalfa and blessed thistle; this tea on its own should increase your supply quite a bit.
You can use an SNS system (mentioned above in article) to encourage your baby onto the breast. You can fill the SNS with donor breast milk or formula.
Also, allow your baby to comfort nurse as much as possible.
Hang in there, before you know it, you'll be breastfeeding him just like you did your other children.