Yes it's me again. And little Matthew is STILL in the NICU. He's doing well though and we are hoping he can come home in a matter of days. I'm really stressing about how he is nursing right now though. Currently he is bottle feeding when I am not there and nursing and then bottle feeding when I am. When he bottle feeds (expressed breastmilk) he takes about 2 ounces. He weighs just under 6 pounds and eats about every three hours. I don't really care for the nurse he had today so I don't know if that's why I am so upset or what. But I went in for his feeding today and I nursed him for about 25 minutes just on one side. Afterwards I offered him a bottle and he drank the whole thing. So the nurse said obviously he wasn't getting very much from breastfeeding. Which that was very discouraging to me b/c I have spent a lot of time and energy on trying to breastfeed him succesfully - and up till now I thought he was doing well. She did have a point though - a baby that just nursed for almost a half hour shouldn't be hungry enough to take an entire bottle.
So when I went back again for his next feeding I insisted they weigh him before and after his feeding to see how much he drank. He took 23 cc's. (one ounce is 30 cc's) But I could tell he did not nurse as good as he normally does. So my guess is normally he takes maybe 30-35 cc's. So about an ounce.
Is that enough for him? How often and long do you think he should nurse if I try to do that exclusively? I am going to feed him on demand once he gets home but I guess I just want to know what the "norm" is. Also how long should I let him nurse? In the NICU they only want me to nurse him for 15 minutes and then bottlefeed but I like to give him 20-30 minutes. I think he would stay there an hour if I let him - though after a certain point he is just kinda hanging out.
Any advice?? I'm just feeling very insecure right now. Do you think it is okay to just try to nurse him full time immediatly upon discharge or do you think I should slowly decrease the number of bottles he gets?
On the plus side he seems to enjoy nursing and latches on easily. So I'm still very hopeful things will work out if I can just stick with it.