My preemie was born at 27.2 weeks gestation. I have been rather lucky, no real major problems. She's now 4 days old corrected age. Breastfeeding has been a nightmare since day one. I don't think there's been a time since we started 6 weeks ago that it's been good.
She latches well. She can switch between pacifier, bottle and breast. She'll take a moment to try sucking a different way, realize it's different and adjust. It started from the first try. In the hospital they never let me feed her without a nipple shield. They said it would cause her to use too many calories. So she won't nurse without a shield. In the long run, if that's my only problem, I'll take it. She would nurse longer than 15 minutes go to sleep then wake back up in 30 and wanting to nurse again. She did start to get it down and was going about every 3 hours.
We were suppose to be released, but the nutritionist felt she should be gaining more weight than she was. So they had me start supplementing a bottle after with breast milk. She gained how she was suppose to, we went home at 35.4 weeks.
I don't know how to explain what she does. For a few days at the beginning she had just bottles of breast milk. Since then it's been a nightmare. If I breastfeed her, it's like she panics after. I can nurse her for an hour, give her a supplement bottle after and she will still cue and act hungry. I can keep giving her milk in a bottle and she will keep feeding until she throws it up, and will still keep acting hungry. And it's not a act hungry then fall asleep. She stays awake and cries and roots and will not stop. And it spills into the next feeding too. Even if she gets just a bottle on the next feeding she still cues and cries and won't sleep and gets increasingly upset. She has gone up to 7 hours without sleeping and the entire 7 hours was acting hungry and crying. I have an appointment with a lactation nurse in a few weeks and am at the point of just giving up. I don't know what I'm doing wrong. She just had a feeding. I gave her her normal bottle of about 2.5 ounces. She ate it all, still was a bit hungry. I figured I'd try it in reverse, let her nurse after a bottle. I really regret doing that because she now won't stop rooting, crying cause I won't give her any more and has been awake for two hours now. I'm at a loss as to what to do at this point. What am I doing wrong?