With the Little Man i was a little unsure on whether i want to breastfeed or not, i knew i wanted to try and she how i got on. Don't get me wrong it wasn't easy, and it didn't just happen it took a while for us both to get the hang of it, reflux and colic did not help and i sometimes wondered if it was the right thing, and if i changed to formula would the sickness stop? I was assured by various people that he would be worse if i changed to formula so we continued, and i loved being able to feed my man, and build a bond with him.
So with Tiny man, i knew i wanted to give him the same start. When he put in an apperance over five weeks early, i didn't know if i would be able to do it, especially when he was taken to the Neo natal unit and me to the post natal recovery ward. The doctors advised that he would be tube fed initially, and that i could try and express milk that could be passed to him via the tube. I was given some advice and guidance, syringes to collect the milk, i had a little picture of my baby and off i went eager to give him the 'gold' of milk colostrum. I found it rather funny capturing little droplets of milk and collecting then in a tiny pot, i was quite upset i only managed 2ml, but was advised that this was a really good start. So armed with my little supply and as soon as they would allow be after my C-Section i went to see the tiny man.
It was so hard to continue to express when everyone else on the ward had their babies with them, and nurses providing different equipment. But i was determined to help my boy as much as i could. My emotions were everywhere and i admit i cried when after expressing into a syringe i sprayed it all over the ceiling losing every little drop.
The hospital was fantastic and had lots of pumps available for expressing, so i soon got into the swing of things, building up a supply in the hospital fridge. After a couple of days i was discharged from hospital and was lucky enough to be able to bring a pump home, which allowed me to express at feed times and to help with my supply. Its heart breaking to leave your baby in hospital but being able to provide the milk for his feeds helped me bond even more with my little miracle. Each night i would wake and express and every day visit the hospital with some more milk. I built up a supply (some of which was frozen) as the tiny man was taking very small quanities but knowing that my milk was helping prevent infections, and helping him grow stronger was a big boost for me.
After two weeks on doctor's advice i begun trying to feed the tiny man myself , and he started to take quite quickly. I am sure that my milk helped my baby grow and give him the nutrients that he needed. I have become i big fan of expressing, and the electric pumps are fantastic. I just want my tiny man to have the best start.
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