My son was born at 34 weeks due to Severe ICP. I'm 16+4 with our second and will be delivering early again, hopefully no sooner then 34 weeks but no later then 36. My son was latching good in the NICU but he was only there for the feeding trouble and inevitably we wanted to get him home and introduced bottles. I still tried to BF at home though I didn't do it enough.
I'm going to be more assertive in the NICU about waiting on bottles if we have to be in there again. But I also want to make sure I can BF long term this time. Last time I just never got the transition down and was spending my day breastfeeding him, giving him a bottle so he wouldn't eat again in an hour, and then pumping so my supply kept up.
My supply was INSANE. So I have no worries about that. It seemed he had a good latch but it was like he never quite woke up enough to eat? I don't think he ever cried once to eat! We woke him up on a regular 3 hour schedule to feed. He was also 6lbs 11oz at 34 weeks. So a little weight loss is a lot less worrisome at that weight I imagine. I feel like they treated him like a 3 lb preemie.
Anyways, I'm looking for help on how to transition at home. Do I just forego all bottles and feed the baby on demand, even if that means every hour until she gets stronger and takes more at once? My son would have really awesome feeds by breast, and then really bad ones. It was so weird and inconsistent. We used the scale to measure how much he was eating in the NICU.
I would love to hear how you did it!