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The uncertain journey of a preemie is hard to cope with. Nicu life is full of ups and downs that are almost indescribable. The joy you feel when your little one goes up an ounce, the pain you feel every time you walk back to your car to head home without your child. In a world that can feel so helpless, I find some within support and encouragement of others. I knew Liam was going to most likely come early, but not this early. At 21 weeks I got and iugr diagnosis. Then at 28 weeks preeclampsia set in. I thought all the reading, support groups online, and googling everything I could about preemies would prepare me, but nothing prepares you for your child being born months early at just a pound and a half. There wasn't much I could do, except focus on being the best mom I could. I started pumping that night, bringing little bullets with a few drops over to the nicu. My supply came in quick this time, even if it isn't abundant. In a time where I wasn't even able to hold my child till he was 4 days old, providing milk was something I could be proud of. I follow posts from other moms in hopes I will gain some knowledge for when the time comes for Liam to drink from my breast, rather than the tube he gets fed through. Last week we hit 3 lbs and at 32 weeks, breastfeeding gets brought up. It's been days of hoping that I'll be able to try. Waiting for those cues. Waiting for one of the nurses to feel comfortable with him trying. Today was that day. He did so well. With tubes, sensors, and wires everywhere, it still felt so natural. He was even able to get a latch and a suck a few times. 7 weeks away from the day he's supposed to be born, he knows just what to do. It makes me believe that there's nothing more natural and nothing more beautiful. Even though we had to wait 5 weeks, I'm so grateful I get to go through this new part of his journey with him.
3/31/2016 03:08:44 pm
I'm Liam's grandmother and am so proud of Natalie, pumping and providing Liam with the perfect nutrition for him to grow on. Breast milk is the perfect food for babies, it's made just for them with everything they need and antibodies from mom to protect them before their bodies can produce their own antibodies.
6/29/2018 11:40:02 pm
If you're a first-time mom, you would know the hardship you will enter once you do breastfeeding. It's a challenge especially because it involved your body. You might want to stay up late just because you are aware that your baby can wake up anytime, though it's too late already. There are lots of sacrifices you need to make in order for your baby to grow older. That's part of motherhood, and you need to embrace it!
8/2/2019 01:59:28 am
My identical twins were born at 31 weeks because of cord compression. Once they were 34 weeks I was able to breast feed them with a nipple shield. They both did great! Seeing them born so early and not being able to grow Like should of inside me made me very emotional! Once they took to my breast like champs it gave me back my confidence that they are survivors. I’m so happy I stuck to pumping and coming back to the nicu everyday to breastfeed and give my milk to the nicu nurses.
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