June 28th, 2015, 11:53 AM
Can anyone tell me their experience with this, or offer some perspective?
My baby (boy) was born at 36w0d, and would now be 38 weeks. He can latch and suck using a nipple shield, but gets tired easily. He gets bottles (pumped breastmilk) after most breastfeeding sessions, because without them he gets cumulatively ravenous and becomes irate after a few feeds, so hungry that he refuses to eat and will only cry. He also gets bottles at night, because I have to take a prescription to sleep and can't be awake to breastfeed him.
I'm afraid he's just learned to wait for the bottle to arrive, and that he's not learning to breastfeed effectively. On the other hand, without the bottle, he suffers from being too hungry to be content enough to try breastfeeding.
On top of this dilemma, he seems to have chosen nighttime to really get his belly full. He'll sleep most of the day, then become alert in the evening and into the night (when I can't breastfeed, because that's when I have to take my prescription). This makes him even more dependent on the bottle, because his most alert hours are the ones where he's being exclusively bottle fed.
I don't know whether I should 1) try to get him to be more alert in the mornings somehow, so he has more energy to breastfeed during the day 2) try to eliminate the bottles, though I can't see how, given that it seems to starve him :cry 3) continue supplementing, and hope he gets stronger at breastfeeding through the attempts he makes, and...