Our beautiful baby arrived last Friday by C-section, so we had a mandatory 3-day stay in the hospital. During that time, mom was in a lot of pain and exhausted from a long labor, so she wasn't really able to breastfeed. We gave him formula during the hospital stay, and unfortunately he's gotten pretty good at bottle feeding.
Since we've been home, he's latched on a few times a day, and sometimes he will stay on for as long as an hour. However, he frequently is hungry very soon afterwards, and we're unable to console him enough to get him back on the breast. He'll latch on, but then drop off and start crying in frustration.
My wife is pumping every 2-3 hours, but her output is pretty low (about 10ml after 10-15 minutes). So we think he's just getting frustrated that he's not getting what he was used to getting at the bottle. After trying for a half-hour to get him to latch on, my wife is usually in tears and the baby is screaming, still hungry. She's still recovering from surgery, so last night I told her to get some sleep, and I just bottle-fed the baby during the night. I figure she's not going to produce much milk if she's exhausted and desperate.
So, where do we go from here? Right now what we're doing is: pumping every 2-3 hours for about 15 minutes, then trying to get him on the breast. If he's too hungry and agitated to get on the breast, I'll spoon or syringe feed him a little pumped breastmilk or formula (since we don't have much breastmilk to work with) just to take the edge off his hunger. Then we'll try breastfeeding again. If he doesn't latch on after a half-hour or so, then I'll usually bottle feed him. Our tentative plan is to keep doing this until her milk supply really comes in.
I really don't know what else to do. We talked to a lactation consultant who helped us to recognize a good latch, and he seems to be doing that. But it just doesn't satisfy his hunger, and I can't seem to get him to stop crying any other way than to give him some formula.