I'm actually writing on behalf of my best friend, who just had a baby early Tues morning. So DS is 4.5 days old and her milk hasn't come in yet. Ped is very worried about weight loss and is pushing formula. She started giving him formula via a syringe RIGHT next to her breast (DH is an ER doc, don't worry!), but ped wants her to switch to bottle so he gets more. At their appt today, they tried the bottle the first time and he downed it in 3 min flat. When she nurses with the syringe, it's up to 45 min. He's already starting to be a bit resistant to the breast (won't open his mouth, turns his head, etc) and she's worried that switching to the bottle - even if only until her milk comes in - will exacerbate that issue.
Thoughts? Should she keep him off the bottle and just give him formula via the syringe or switch to bottle?