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    Welcome home Miles! Wonderful news flower. So happy your family is at home with you now.

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    Oh that is the BEST news!!! So happy for you all! Congratulations and take care! Do keep us updated on your gorgeous boy if you get a chance xx

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    It was the best feeling, walking out of the hospital with him with us, instead of leaving him behind! We are adjusting to home time with him, he's a noisy fella at night! I have had a few anxious moments, it's a real change looking after him and feeling responsible for if he gains weight or not which is still a struggle. He's only 2.1kg at 38 weeks corrected but hopefully we will slowly get there with his weight gain. We have lots of support though which is great. I will let you know how we go!

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    It was Miles's dues date yesterday, quite a strange feeling! It's been good at home so far, feeling really happy. Of course there are still stresses along the way, but so amazing to be dealing with more 'usual' stresses of having a little baby!

    I was wondering did any of you need to still express and bottle feed your babies once home? The plan had been to transition to fully breast feeding but that's going very slowly as he doesn't attach that well, then after a 20min feed still takes a full bottle of EBM. Finding it hard to work out how much EBM to give him as he's also quite awake sometimes- won't sleep at all between the three hourly feeds a couple of times a day. Not sure if it's because he is hungry or if he's more awake because hes's 9 weeks actual age! Any ideas welcome! If you did give EBM how quickly did you increase it?

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    Happy due date to Miles @Flower78 !!

    Yes we still needed to express and bottle feed once home, DD never "got it" and I ended up just doing full time EBM. But please don't let that discourage you!! I know lots of other preemie mums who did successfully make the transition, and a few who couldn't.

    I always fed until full, but being EBM started with a set amount as to not waste, and then offered small (15ml?) top ups if DD demolished that set amount.

    I think I used the rough guide of 150ml/kg/day as that starting set amount, so if Miles is around 3kg and fed 3 hourly, that would be approx 60ml per feed (rounded)??

    From memory it needed to be increased every fortnight when she was that little, just by small increments though!

    Hope that's of some help. So glad you're enjoying being home

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    Thanks @GM01. I'm giving Miles 60ml 3 hourly and 10ml top ups so it sounds about right. How long did you express and give EBM? It's pretty time consuming! I will keep doing it though if miles doesn't get breastfeeding but hoping he does. Another weigh tomorrow so I will see how he's doing!

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    @Flower78 I expressed for 9.5 months total, our 3.5 months in NICU plus 6 months afterwards, I was aiming for 6 months corrected and then stopped after that, it is VERY time consuming!!

    Although when I was home and my supply was so established by that point, I weaned down the number of pumping sessions I needed to about 4-5 over a 24 hour period without dropping much supply, that made life a little easier.

    I mixed fed for a little as well with some frozen EBM and formula, I figured any BM was better than none!

    Good luck with his weigh!

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    How are you and Miles doing, @Flower78? Was he checked for a tongue and upper lip tie? It was never mentioned to me that DS had either of those!

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    We are doing well thanks! The breastfeeding didn't progress unfortunately. He does have a mild tongue tie but the LC didn't think it was impacting much, he can attach OK but just doesn't feed for long enough then takes the bottle after. I think he just went too long getting the easy bottle! Anyway I am managing the expressing alright so far, hope to make it to six months corrected at least.

    He had a hernia operation a week ago that went fine, thank goodness. He's looking nice and chubby now and has started smiling. I think I have finally relaxed a bit and feel more like a normal mum with a little bub.

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    Awwwwwww, that's gorgeous! An option is to use a Supplemental Nursing System which means he'd get the EBM at the breast and if you wanted to consider it, have a consultation with Tim Johnston at iKids dental in Fremantle. He's really good and won't just do the tongue tie if he doesn't think it's actually affecting the feeding but a lot of your symptoms sound similar to the problems I had with DS.


 

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