Tonight I got to put Emmeliese on the breast at her 8:30 feeding. I was not expecting much, but I had noticed this morning that she was rooting around after we fed her with formula from the syringe. I gave her my finger and she sucked hard on it for about 5 minutes. So tonight, I told the nurse I'd like to just let her use me as a pacifier after she ate even though we did not clear it with the neonatologist. Her nurse suggested I go ahead and try to let her nurse before she had the formula from the syringe. AND, lo and behold, she latched right on and nursed for about 10 minutes!!! I was so excited! She got tired and sleepy eventually and we fed her the formula in the syringe. She never got to the right breast, but she had a great latch on the left and nursed exactly like she should!
I was just so amazed and proud of her. Thank God for the whole no-artificial-nipples drum that we've been beating since before we got here. I think we have annoyed the heck out of all the doctors and nurses, but it's working so far! I can't wait for my milk to come in. I really want her to actually get nourishment from me! Because she knows how to nurse! She latched on! Hurrah!