Sebski: They never determined what caused my early delivery. I had an appt. that morning with a covering doctor since my usual one didn't make it in that day. I complained to him that I was having "achey ovary pains" all night and he brushed me off and didn't even examine me. Looking back now, I knew he was an a-hole before that and I should have been more assertive and made him check me out b/c obviously I was already in labor. I had even asked at that appt. if I could stop working full time and he told me no. Jerk. If my regular doctor was there that day, she would have examined me and put me on modified bed rest (I was high risk for my age and a previous high risk delivery besides being high risk for monochorionic-diamniotic twins). But hind sight is 20-20 and that is one of my big regrets in life. But I digress. The placenta was examined after and they never could determine a cause. I think they just wanted to come out and meet us. They still don't have much patience!! I did BF but not until they were Gestational age of 32-33 weeks. Honestly, I can't remember exactly when but they were initially on tube feedings for the first month or so and then given bottles at 31 weeks. Since I had gone back to work when they were 4 weeks old (and still in the hospital for 4 more weeks) I could only attempt BF twice a day. When we came home, we did it ALL THE TIME it seemed and I still had to supplement with EBM. I was a pumping fool. We never really "got it" though and I was spending so much time BF that I was neglecting DS#1. Finally, after 2 weeks of this, he grabbed my hand, dragged me to his room and said "lie down with me" and wouldn't let go. So I quit BF. I just felt so sad that he was so sad. I continued pumping and the babies ended up getting 3 months of BM only so I am proud of that. It really is the best medicine for them no matter how they get it. The NICU never really presented it as an option b/c of their prematurity. Basically, it was pump and make them medicine. Must have worked b/c you would never know they were 27 weekers to look at them. I think most NICUs will support you in your BF b/c they know how important it is. Some babies end up staying longer in the NICU until BF is established and they are gaining weight with just BF. B/c I was working and had DS at home, I couldn't be there for every feed which I think was an obstacle.
Wow, am I chatty today! I am anxiously awaiting the results of your appt. today.
I'll try to post pictures later.