My son who was born at 32 weeks is now back home (he's 36.5 weeks old) and I need some insights as to what to expect, do when it comes to breastfeeding.
While he was at the hospital, they would give him my milk in a bottle/cup - at first it was gavage feeds - and I would latch him on either once or twice a day. His feeds are every three to four hours.
Before we left, I got him to latch on at around 930am - he drank very well (around 10 mins or so which is his usual timing) and emptied the boob. Then it was naptime. Around 1230 noon, I woke him up to change him and get him ready for the boob. He didn't latch on at all. In fact, he didn't really show signs of rooting, etc - just wanted to sleep. I gave him the bottle and he took 35ml before calling it quits. Never even woke up. :/
I was told by the nurses to feed him whenever he is hungry but I notice that he is such a sleeper and would sleep for hours on end. So do I continue on with the every three hour schedule as how it was in the hospital or...?
The other thing is that I was told to offer the breast first, try to latch him on for a max of 15 minutes and if he doesn't want to latch on, then give him the bottle. The nurses told me that he was still young and it's still early days for him to learn how to nurse 100% on the breasts. The thing is that I'm worried about nipple confusion, etc. Am I paranoid for worrying that he'd prefer the bottle over the breast?