i am at a place now where i dont know what to do. I had an iugr baby born at 3 lbs 10 oz and full term. he didnt need oxygen or anything. however because of his size, i guess, they gave him a bottle about 15 min after birth. and even when i could nurse he would latch on then i had to follow up supplementing formula. Im just guessing this is protocol for small for date babies so their weight doesnt drop too much. when my milk came in though, we took away the formula completely.
anyway, for about 3 weeks now ive been pumping every 3 hours... even throughout the night.. the problem is with every feeding i try to get him to latch on and sometimes he does wonderful and sometimes he wont even try. he generally latches on for about 10 min then falls asleep. so i have to finish every feeding with pumped breastmilk in a bottle. i am wondering if anyone has a familiar situation in which their baby eventually learned to breastfeed the entire feeding, and a bottle was no longer necessary.. it means so much to me to breastfeed for a year, but pumping every 3 hours to maintain milk is not ideal especially if i have to return to work. help please!! is he not strong enough to eat from the breast the entire time?? also, the hospital got him hooked on the red preemie nipples which flow very fast, this makes it even harder for me i dont know what to do, or when to give up and conclude he will never learn.