Which is best- bottle or breast. The debate is neverending. I've nursed exclusively all my babies, up until now. Had things gone as planned, I would be home with a 4 month old, exclusively breastfed baby, who had doubled his birth weight within 2 days
of coming home from the hospital, but in life things don't always go as planned. Silas was not gaining weight. It took him almost seventeen days to gain enough weight to where we didn't think he would have to go back on the IV. I was pumping, offering him the breast, burping, offering him the bottle of breastmilk, burping, getting him to sleep, and then doing it all over again. Each feeding was lasting longer then the next, and with 4 other kiddos and BLANQI, I just didn't have it in me. So I phased out of pumping and into exclusively bottle feeding. It wasn't what I expected, switching exclusively to formula. It wasn't what I wanted, but when faced with the situation of a baby who needs to gain weight or will stay longer in the NICU, you do whatever it takes.
One of the things I learned with pre-term babies, was how important it was to keep them calm, eating and sleeping; so that they would develop in the same way that they would have if still in the womb. That is one of the reasons they really promote the pacifier in the NICU. I felt the heat of the super judgy gals out there stressing the downfalls of the paci, but my opinion is that each baby is different and to do what is best for your baby at that time- so, pacifier it was. I am obsessed with the newborn pacifiers from Smilo, Inc.
It's been an amazing product. I totally recommend it for all newborns, but especially small preemies. It's designed with 3 support arches, is small and compact for their little mouths, and was the only one Silas took to for that reason.