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lolajessup Due July 25 (girl); 2 kids; 1 angel baby; Beaverton, Michigan 44057 posts
3rd Jan '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting ❥ Meℓi:</b>" I couldn't get enough milk out while she was in the NICU."</blockquote>



Oh ok. Just thought they were Doing it for the hell of it. How much do u need to get?

Melissa Eager 1 child; 2 angel babies; Grand Junction, MI, United States 81 posts
3rd Jan '13

I was in labor for 25 hours and they decided to do a c-section. I was so out of it I couldn't even hold my son 4 hours later in recovery. He couldn't eat anything for 2 days because he had difficulty breathing. I pumped as much as I could. Now he's gonna be a month old and has no problem with breast feeding.

IDGAF ❤ 1 child; San Diego, CA, United States 30556 posts
3rd Jan '13
Quoting lolajessup:" <blockquote><b>Quoting ❥ Meℓi:</b>" I couldn't get enough milk out while ... [snip!] ... she was in the NICU."</blockquote> Oh ok. Just thought they were Doing it for the hell of it. How much do u need to get?"


I think like 1-2 ounces when they are newbs. I couldn't even get that at first lol.

lolajessup Due July 25 (girl); 2 kids; 1 angel baby; Beaverton, Michigan 44057 posts
3rd Jan '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting ❥ Meℓi:</b>" I think like 1-2 ounces when they are newbs. I couldn't even get that at first lol."</blockquote>



Iike after colostrum? Because they need hardly any colostrum.

Summerfrost 51 kids; Massachusetts 6586 posts
status 3rd Jan '13

My middle baby and my youngest went to the NICU after i had them. Ds2 was an IUGR baby and had issues with his temp/blood sugar. They wanted to evaluate him and make sure everything was ok. He was also slightly early. He came back to my room within a couple of hours. Obviously I wasn't able to produce enough right off the bat to help with his blood sugar, so he did get a bottle of formula. It wasn't a big deal. My milk came in that same day so it wasn't a long term issue. I breastfed him until he was 10 months old and I was pregnant again .... (oops!).



With ds3, he had issues with breathing, his blood sugar, and body temp regulation. I didn't see him for several hours because my c-section was complicated and they had to make sure he was stable before they worried about anything like breastfeeding. They were worried about his breathing and they didn't want him to start seizing from his blood sugar crashing. He was also on heavy duty antibiotics. All important stuff IMO. :) After I was out of recovery, I was sent back to my room and there was my handy hospital pump waiting for me. I pumped pretty much every 2 hours give or take until i saw him.



That night (I had him around 9am, saw him for the first time around 6pm in the NICU), I started trying to breastfeed him. It wasn't always successful because he was a preemie and he pooped out quickly. He also had to eat every 2 hours so that he could get off of the glucose drip. If he didn't wake up enough to nurse and he didn't wake up enough to drink from a bottle, he was fed through his NG tube. If he didn't nurse, I went back to my room and pumped.



Basically every 2 hours, the nicu would page me. The nurse would bring me upstairs, I would try to bf. If that didn't work, he'd get a bottle. if that didn't work, he got fed by tube. Rinse and repeat until he was stable enough to leave the NICU. It was several days before he was stable enough to go to the regular floor. My milk didn't come in for about 2 days. Maybe slightly longer than that. Things did get easier after that since I was basically hosing the kid and he either swallowed or drowned. lol I breastfed him until a couple of weeks ago. He was 14 months when i stopped.



My best advice is to take it as it comes. Try not to set your expectations up too high. Preemies have issues that regular newborns don't have. Formula isn't the end of the world if it becomes necessary.

IDGAF ❤ 1 child; San Diego, CA, United States 30556 posts
3rd Jan '13
Quoting lolajessup:" <blockquote><b>Quoting ❥ Meℓi:</b>" I think like 1-2 ounces when they ... [snip!] ... I couldn't even get that at first lol."</blockquote> Iike after colostrum? Because they need hardly any colostrum."


Yea after that. I do like a few drops of colostrum out...they got as much as they could though to give to her. Since it is the best thing for them. I was happy that the hospital was very pro-breastfeeding. The Lactation consultants helped me the WHOLE time my DD was in the NICU. I was soo lucky for that.

lolajessup Due July 25 (girl); 2 kids; 1 angel baby; Beaverton, Michigan 44057 posts
3rd Jan '13

So nobody has any other tricks besides pump pump pump tht worked for you?

Summerfrost 51 kids; Massachusetts 6586 posts
status 3rd Jan '13
Quoting lolajessup:" So nobody has any other tricks besides pump pump pump tht worked for you?"


For me, my milk even came in when i had my 23 weeker. Everyone knew my milk was going to come in when i had my youngest because it had come in with each of my babies. It was just a matter of getting him to be healthy until that happened. To be honest, as much as I was pumping, i don't think it made that much of a difference. My milk came in around the same time frame that it did with each of my other babies. Some of them i pumped for, some went straight to breastfeeding.

buggials 1 child; Valrico, Florida 646 posts
3rd Jan '13

I got to hold my daughter for about 5 mins then they took her for shots...I didn't see her till she was 4 hours old I couldn't get her to latch and by the time the lactation consultant came in she was 6 hours old and lethargic. Tried waking her my daughter wouldn't wake up another 4 hours in the delivery room before I got moved to the recovery area and I finally got a breast shield that was to small so my nipple swelled my daughter wouldn't latch and I had to give her formula while they searched for a pump...I hate the hospital but also found out my daughters mouth and my nipple at that time wouldn't work I have large nipples her mouth was to small so I ended up pumping for a month and half till she finally latched and she is 5 months now and still a boobie baby.
There are really no tricks besides pump. I know when I have to pump (m-f at work) looking at a video or picture of my baby helps. Same thing when I was in the hospital after I had her I kept a pic on my phone it seems to help me relax and I can pump more. Pumping those first few hours I just had to relax and I watched my baby I got quite a bit of colostrom and a lot of skin to skin as soon as I got her back.

lolajessup Due July 25 (girl); 2 kids; 1 angel baby; Beaverton, Michigan 44057 posts
3rd Jan '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting buggials:</b>" I got to hold my daughter for about 5 mins then they took her for shots...I didn't see her till she was ... [snip!] ... I just had to relax and I watched my baby I got quite a bit of colostrom and a lot of skin to skin as soon as I got her back."</blockquote>




I'm hoping seeing her pic or a video will help me keep in mind why I am doing this plus I won't get to see her at all so I won't even know what she looks like :( I'm just so sad and devastated and all I do is cry when I think about it :(

lolajessup Due July 25 (girl); 2 kids; 1 angel baby; Beaverton, Michigan 44057 posts
3rd Jan '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting Summerfrost:</b>" For me, my milk even came in when i had my 23 weeker. Everyone knew my milk was going to come in when ... [snip!] ... the same time frame that it did with each of my other babies. Some of them i pumped for, some went straight to breastfeeding. "</blockquote>



We have a regular Lc and a neonatal Lc here and they keep telling me I'll be fine since I ebf my first but I'm just having bad anxiety about it

buggials 1 child; Valrico, Florida 646 posts
3rd Jan '13
Quoting lolajessup:" <blockquote><b>Quoting buggials:</b>" I got to hold my daughter for about 5 mins then ... [snip!] ... at all so I won't even know what she looks like :( I'm just so sad and devastated and all I do is cry when I think about it :("


a week after I had my daughter I had problems and ended up back in the hospital I didn't get to see her most of that following week. Pics and videos are about the only thing that kept me going just remember you will get to see her and you are doing it to give her the best start you can. The crying just shows how much you do care! Are you able to send something that smells like you with your SO so that your daughter will know your scent? Maybe that would give you some calming notion that in a way you are with her.

lolajessup Due July 25 (girl); 2 kids; 1 angel baby; Beaverton, Michigan 44057 posts
3rd Jan '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting buggials:</b>" a week after I had my daughter I had problems and ended up back in the hospital I didn't get to see ... [snip!] ... SO so that your daughter will know your scent? Maybe that would give you some calming notion that in a way you are with her."</blockquote>



What can they have in the incubator?

buggials 1 child; Valrico, Florida 646 posts
3rd Jan '13
Quoting lolajessup:" <blockquote><b>Quoting buggials:</b>" a week after I had my daughter I had problems ... [snip!] ... would give you some calming notion that in a way you are with her."</blockquote> What can they have in the incubator?"


I have no clue mine didn't get sent to one my hospital just sucks and I didn't get to hold my daughter much but its worth asking if they can have anything in there. I think my exs brothers daughter (she had intestines on the outside) was allowed a teddy bear or something like that.

Summerfrost 51 kids; Massachusetts 6586 posts
status 3rd Jan '13
Quoting lolajessup:" <blockquote><b>Quoting Summerfrost:</b>" For me, my milk even came in when i had my ... [snip!] ... Lc and a neonatal Lc here and they keep telling me I'll be fine since I ebf my first but I'm just having bad anxiety about it"


I really think you'll be fine. Your body already knows what to do and I've heard that we have a bigger supply with each baby. That seemed to be true with my youngest and actually caused a bunch of green poo/gas issues until my body slowed down.



I can't remember if I saw a neonatal LC or a regular one. They seemed to be all over the place. Every other person who was in my room or in the NICU wanted to see my b**bs. Fortunately I'm pretty numb to that stuff, but it was nice to come home and not have to worry about my technique so much. :) Maybe I had performance anxiety. :) My youngest had a slight issue with pinching my nipple between the roof of his mouth and his tongue. It hurt like crazy for the first week or so.




A rough start doesn't mean you won't be able to breastfeed and I think sometimes those ideals that everyone throws around puts a lot of pressure on those of us who don't have ideal pregnancies. Sometimes it can feel like we're being judged because we can't be those moms who do everything the 'right way' even though most of it isn't in our control.



The beginning is just a few days. Under the best circumstances, you're in an uncomfortable bed in a strange room. You and baby are being poked and prodded 24/7. It's exhausting and stressful. If that 2 to 4 days determined how the next year of your baby's life went, we'd all be screwed. :)