It is really starting to upset me and I'm worried I'm not doing enough for her.
I just feel completely hopeless as a mum as she's so early, I can't even hold her and now I can't even express.
Definitely keep trying every few hours, even through the night. Also please check out the board on here for those people who have had premature babies (Premature & SCBU Babies) it was a huge help to me when I had my DS who (to hopefully give you confidence) is now nearly 6 and the tallest in his class, doing karate and no-one can believe he was prem.
Your mature milk will come in about 3 to 5 days after baby is born and then you will be able to express much, much more. For the first couple of days I only got teeny tiny amounts of colostrum.I'm feeling completely lost and would just like some real advice from one mum to another. If you stress yourself out it makes it so much harder. Its really hard to do in the beginning but from own experience expressing with a baby in nicu is a great way to still feel like your involved and stop you from completely breaking down! See if your hospital offers free meals for breastfeeding mums.Have they shown you have to properly express the colostrum? Going from one expressing to the next kept me going while my son was in nicu. You should be aiming for every 2-3 hours even in the night. Might be an idea to pop your self on it afyer you've hand expressed to stimulate your beasts. Sent from my GT-I9300 using Netmums mobile app I'm surprised you've been told not to use a pump.Keep a picture of your baby nearby while you express to get the hormones going. Once your milk has come in its much easier because you can just pop on the pump and let it work its magic. It took 5 days for my milk to come in when I was hand expressing so don't be too down about it. Remember she's so tiny she'll need hardly any milk yo keep her going so its a great opportunity to build up a good supply in the freezer for when you all come home. DS was 12 weeks early and the hospital loaned me one.My milk ran out early but with help from here I was prescribed domperidone - it's not actually licenced for this reason but did help me to express a little longer.