Our new little guy was born on 2/7 at 37 weeks by c-section. With my first son, he had a hard time latching and so I pumped exclusively for 3 months and then ended up nursing until he was 17 months old. I was really hoping to avoid having to pump with this baby, but so far it is not looking good.
He has latched on and started sucking some, but most of the time he is too sleepy and either doesnt open up wide enough or just wont latch on at all. So I have been pumping again.
So first question I have is: any advice on this? The lactation consultant at the hospital said that a lot of babies born early have a problem with this. So right now I am syringe feeding him (I hate the SNS)...I have been trying to avoid bottles and can right now with the small amount he is getting but may have to use them soon.
Also, I cant remember since my last son is now 4 years old....how much milk should I be giving to him each feeding? Right now I am pumping anywhere from 20-30 ml each time (mostly 30ml). He will take the 30 ml sometimes but he is practically asleep for most of it and I have to keep waking him to drink it. Should I be doing that? Also, what should I increase it to over the next few weeks? I am trying to feed him anywhere from every 2 to every 3 hours (mostly 3 right now). B/c each time I try to get him to latch, do some skin to skin, and then pump and then feed....it takes forever.
He is a very sleepy baby ( I am sure it is related to the pain meds I am on from the c-section, although I try to be very judicious with using it- the pain is so much worse this time than last though, so I have used it maybe once or twice a day)- I have asked all the doctors and nurses about taking the Percocet and they either say it wont affect the baby that much or like my ob-gyn said that it is better for you to be out of pain and able to take better care of the baby and produce more milk while taking the pills for a short period of time. I am worried though that this may cause ill effects other than just sleepiness for him. Anyone know?
Thank you all for letting me ask so many questions!