|My sweet Harry Desmond|
Last night while we were visiting the NICU I was able to try and breastfeed Harry for the first time. We worked with a lactation consultant, and Harry was able to latch on right away! I was nervous it wouldn't happen because we didn't start right away and he sometimes has trouble latching on to a bottle, but he was a natural! My milk still hasn't come in really so he didn't get much more than a few drops of colostrum, but it's a start.
This morning we were able to try again. More success! He was really awake and alert while we were there so he was going to town :). After about five minutes he got a little frustrated, I think because he was hungry and wasn't getting much, so we switched to the bottle. He ate the whole thing! The next time we visit him he'll be required to eat a little more formula than he's gotten used to, so we might have to use the feeding tube for part of the feeding.
We rented a breast pump from the hospital so I've been using that to help my milk come in. I'm hoping I'll be able to bring some milk with me so he can get all of it's benefits. Since he's on the high calorie formula he can't eat straight breast milk just yet, but we can mix it with the formula.
We don't really have a time frame for when Harry will be joining us at home, but he is moving in the right direction, which is all we can ask for at this point. Ohhhh how I love my little man!