Today, 11:24 AM
This is my first post, so I will try to give a little background first, as I believe it is pertinent to what is happening now.
My first born is 2 years old now and I was unable to breastfeed him because my milk never came in. He lost 1 pound in the hospital and we had to begin supplementing with formula when he was 3 days old. When we got home, I was still trying to nurse and was pumping. When nursing, he would get increasingly frustrated because he was getting essentially nothing and when I pumped I was getting basically nothing. So after 2 weeks of trying, I gave up. :(
Now, we have a 9 day old boy. At 48 hours old, he had lost 12% of his body weight; doctors were very concerned and we had to begin supplementing with formula and I began pumping after each feeding too. In the hospital, I was pumping and getting nothing or close to nothing. After supplementation started, he gained 4 oz. in 1 day and by Day 4 when we left the hospital, he was up a total of 8 oz; so what we were doing was working. However, with each day, Joel's nursing is getting worse. By that I mean, he often gets frustrated at the breast and will sometimes only nurse for like 5 minutes on each breast. And when I say "nurse" I use that term loosely, because he will barely latch and barely suck at all when he does latch. It is getting very frustrating for both of us. He will sometimes still make swallows, so I know that something is there (just not very much obviously). BUT....we came home...