I gave birth to my 4lb. 9oz. son on Oct. 5th. I was induced 5 weeks early due to severe preeclampsia and IUGR. Thankfully, little Oliver was born healthy just small and fragile. I had planned to bring him to the breast immediately after birth but I was unable to follow through with that since he was having trouble maintaining his temp. He was taken to the nursery for the next 6 hours where he was fed formula multiple times until the next afternoon. I wasn't able to see him for more than a few seconds much less nurse him. I was informed that due to his small size I would have to pump if I wished to breastfeed so that his intake could be measured. I continued to pump and bottle feed Oliver to his first doctors appointment.
I had hoped that at his first visit (Monday the 9th) that I would be given the go ahead to stop pumping and start nursing. Unfortunately, I was directed to continue pumping to measure his intake. I've tried to nurse Oliver a few times between feedings but he gets very frustrated. This evening I waited until he was hungry to try to nurse him and follow it up with a bottle if needed. I let him nurse for about 20 minutes and it didn't seem he was swallowing much. I gave him the bottle directly afterward and he ate a full feeding worth. Ugh!
I'm getting very discouraged. I'm worried that when I am given the go ahead to exclusively nurse that Oliver wont take to the breast. He's very comfortable with the bottle but I really want to give him the best by nursing On a side note: I have 2 other children, Holden 6, who I had a similar experience with that ended my nursing at 3 months and Mia, 4, who I successfully nursed for 9 months.
I need some encouragement and advice.