Nicola Rigby is a member of Breastfeeders in Australia and has offered to share her story about successfully breastfeeding her preemie baby. We hope that other families may feel encouraged and boosted by this story.
“We had our second baby on the 28th of Feb at 30+1wks. Elsie was born prematurely due to my cervix shortening. She did incredibly well from the moment she entered this world. She had her first breastfeed at just 1wk old (31wks). Baby’s aren’t supposed to develop their suck, swallow, breathe reflex until they hit 34-36wks gestation. Elsie continued to breastfeed more and more each day. She was fully breastfed with no top up NG feeds by 35wks and we were discharged home at 36+4 fully breastfed. She has never had a bottle (downright refuses it). She is now a happy and thriving 8mth old (5.5mths corrected).
Did breastfeeding your first baby help prepare you for your second?
I did breastfeed my first baby but he had issues with attachment so we used a shield for the first 6wks then he developed reflux and failed to thrive so we had to comp feed and I was only able to feed him for the first 6mths. Breastfeeding my first (Locky) did somewhat prepare me for Elsie although I’m also a midwife.
Did you have help from an IBCLC or other professional while establishing breastfeeding with Elsie?
I did have a lactation consultant visit a few times in the nursery also which was great.“
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