I delivered by c-section last week at 37 weeks due to pre-eclampsia. I tried like crazy in the hospital to get my baby to breastfeed. He did not have a great latch - would only latch onto my nipple, but I found that to be much better than nothing! The problem was that he would suck twice and then fall asleep. This lasted for the two days that I was in the hospital. I don't think he was getting any nourishment at all. Many nurses tried to help me with many different techniques, but nothing worked.
I did not want my baby to end up back in the hospital because he wasn't getting any milk. So, when I got home from the hospital, I pumped and we fed him with an eyedropper. I know an eyedropper is strange, but I didn't want him to get used to a bottle. I tried a few times to get him to take my breast, but it never worked. So, the following morning we started expressing and bottle feeding. It is going very well. He is eating regularly and we can see that he is getting enough to eat.
I can live with only expressing, but I would really prefer him to actually be breastfeeding. This is the start of his third day on the bottle. Is it too late to get him to take my breast? I tried *so many* things in the hospital... one nurse just returned from a conference and spent two hours in the middle of the night with me. She was all about letting the baby explore and figure things out on his own. One nurse has five children and she roughly squeezed my breast while smashing my baby's face into my breast. We tried many other techniques somewhere in between these two extremes - including putting sugar water on my nipple.
I think that my baby was too weak to nurse...although, he seemed healthy and strong. When I pump my breasts - with an Ameda Purely Yours - I have to turn it up pretty high to get anything out of my breasts. I generally pump on the highest setting. I don't think my newborn was capable of that kind of suction...and obviously would have gotten weaker and weaker since he wasn't getting any nourishment.
If anyone has any advice about what I can do now to get him to breastfeed, it would be greatly appreciated. I am not feeling very confident that I will be successful...so, I would really appreciate advice from people who have experienced this or are knowledgeable about this issue. I don't want to try lots of random techniques that will not be successful and make me give up in the end.
Thank you so much for your help.