My 4-week old goes *comatose* (asleep) almost immediately every time I nurse, and has since he was born, which prompted significant weight loss at the beginning and eventually formula supplementation. (No judgment on this, please--I'd like to work back to EBF, but it's going to take time.)
I've also pumped and given the (very little) milk back to him in a bottle, but right now I'm trying to concentrate on nursing on demand, and I'd rather try to get the breast milk directly to the baby rather than to the machine if I can.
Right now he's on a hybrid feeding plan--nursing at every feeding and then some formula afterwards. He falls asleep *constantly* at the breast, and always has even when there was no supplementation involved. I think he'd fall asleep on the bottle, too, if it didn't flow so fast.
Diaper counts are fine, and weight gain has turned around, too. But I cannot wake him to feed nor keep him awake once I do, no matter what form of food is offered (if he's sleepy/sleeping, not even the easy way out--the bottle--makes any difference at all). Perhaps my supply is ridiculously low?
I spend almost all of every day trying to coax this baby to eat something--*anything*--and part of every night trying to get him to wake up to feed. (I think he would sleep through the entire night if we would let him.) It feels like a never-ending battle, and all any lactation consultant will tell me is how wonderful breast milk is and how great it is that I'm trying.
I don't want compliments--I want to make progress feeding my child without being given the same recommendations over and over again, since they already don't work for us. Does anyone have any new ideas? We've tried every waking technique known to humankind, and nothing makes any difference--a second later, he's out again.