My baby was born at 36 weeks and has been in the NICU for 2 and a half weeks. She was a very sick little girl with Respiratory Distress Syndrome and Pulmonary Hypertension. She was not fed anything (got fluids, vitamins and lipids through IV) for about a week and a half at which time they started giving her my breastmilk through NG tube. Then we started attempting to nurse a few days later. After a few days, she finally got the hang of it, and now she is nursing quite well. I am able to stay here with her at the hospital 24/7, so that has been such a blessing! The problem is that she has lost a lot of weight. Last night she finally had a gain of 10 grams rather than a loss. We were so excited about that, but the doctors are still not impressed. They want to see her gain at least 30 grams per day for 3-4 days consecutively before they will think about discharging her. They are going to start the NG tube again to give her more of my milk while I also continue nursing. If that doesn't work, then they want to supplement with a bottle. I am feeling very discouraged. I have tons of milk, and it seems like she's getting quite a bit. One idea they gave me was to pump some off before I feed her so that maybe she will get less foremilk and more hindmilk. Does this sound like something that could work? I am getting so many different opinions from the different nurses and doctors. My feeling is that I should nurse as much as possible. But some are saying to let her sleep more (I have to wake her up to eat most of the time) and that she may be having to work to hard/burn too many calories if I'm nursing too much. We have only been successfully exclusively breastfeeding for 3 days, so I feel like it's normal she hasn't gained much yet, but they are concerned. Any advice/insight as to how to get her to gain is appreciated. I really just need to get her home!!!