Hello, I'm new to this board, and in desperate need of some help/guidance.
I am the mom of Olivia, a two month old (2 week adjusted age) preemie who is an absolute nightmare to feed.
When we brought her home from the NICU we knew she was a "fussy eater" (their terms), but it steadily got worse once we got home and she eventually ended up back in the hospital being tube fed due to weight loss and dehydration. She's been home now for a few weeks, and they diagnosed her with reflux, so she is on Prevacid for that.
She's mostly been bottle fed, but I did introduce nursing early on and have tried to do it with her as much as I can. With her being preemie they are very concerned about her weight gain pattern so that's been preventing us from nursing more. Over the past few days I started putting her to breast aggressively, just to give her the idea that food comes from there. She will sometimes nurse well...and sometimes it, and the following bottle feeding, is an absolute nightmare. I know she likes nursing because she rests SO well after a good nursing - but those are hit or miss. I bottle fed her all day today because every time I put her down, she would just scream. I'm not sure if my letdown is too powerful or what - Livy has a very good latch, I think. I have been pumping for 8 weeks and try to use that to gauge how much she gets by pumping after a nursing, but I don't know. I have tried all kinds of different holds, but I can't get her to REALLY nurse well...and if she does have a good run of maybe 15 minutes, she doesn't seem to get enough and is up to eat an hour later.
Please help, if anyone can. I'm open to anything because I'm about ready to throw in the towel. I'm so tired of pumping and feeling so frustrated and disappointed. I'm going to try to get her more help for the reflux, because I think that is a HUGE part of this mess, but want to know if anyone has any other ideas for what might help in the mean time.