My baby was born 8 days ago, and had meconium in her lungs, so had to spend the first two hours with the docs. My problem is I have not been able to get her to latch on to the breast at all. From the very beginning, whenever I would try to breastfeed she would start to cry, hit, scream, squirm, etc. I thought maybe it was because my milk wasn't in. The hospital suggested we give her formula in the meantime which we did because she seemed so hungry, but wouldn't breastfeed. I now have milk, but she does the same thing. She is not a fussy baby in general, and is really quite happy and contented - except when it comes to eating. My sister in law suggested trying a nipple shield, which has at least let her come on to the breast, but I'm not sure whether she's actually getting any milk or not. I will nurse for 30 to 60 minutes, and she still acts hungry (sucking on her fists, fussy, etc.) so I give her formula after that and she wants 3 oz or so. I try stopping after each 1/2 oz or 1 oz, hold her, see if I can calm her down, but it is usually not until 3 oz that she will be okay (which is about how much the hospital said she should take if she is bottle feeding only). Also, she has not had any soiled diapers (only wet) for the last 2 days. I'm not sure how her weight is - we are going to buy a scale today. The first four days she lost about 1/2 lb, but then we went home and I'm not sure about her weight the last 4 days.
To complicate things, my husband and I are in China, and don't really know where we can find help. Any advice would be appreciated!