Has anyone got a baby to nurse when they were on meds that made them extremely sleepy? She just isn't latching on with any sort of vigor...not enough to get any milk, and it's taking her 1/2 hour to drink 2 ozs. They want her to increase her feeds, and I want to scream, because it takes so long to get her to take the 2 oz.
I have a call into her ped. cardiologist to see if there is an alternative, but if there isn't....I have no clue what to do. The LC (the IBCLC) was almost in tears hearing how little sleep we were getting and what we were dealign with. She had no luck at all getting her to latch on or even take the bottle more energetically.
I've read a lot on switching from bottle to breast, but all the info assumes baby has an energetic latch on the bottle. I've seen nothing on my situation..has anyone BTDT?
So they cut her dose and she is definately more alert, and we're having some more success at nursing....have a couple of questions
1. It seems like now that I'm getting enough EBM to not need to give her formula, her poop is greenish more then yellowish. Does that mean she's not getting good quality EBM?
2. When she does nurse, sometimes what I get pumping is more, and other times it's less. It's like sometimes it stimulates my supply and I produce more in the pumping (after the nursing and the bottle feeding). Is it ok that I get less milk pumped after she's nursed?
3. Can you do an SNS with a nipple shield? She seems to really need the shield, so I'm not ready to ditch it. I'm not sure I want to do the SNS but I"m considering it, I can't afford to buy Lact-Aid so it will probably be Medela from the hospital . I remember it being incredibly ackward, but I'm so exhausted spending so much time just giving her milk. I"m thrilled she's nursing but discouraged at spending over an hour between nursing, bottle, and pumping.