My daughter is 8 weeks old and I really wanted to breastfeed her. She was born at 37 1/2 weeks via induction, because of preeclampsia. I asked for the cord to not be clamped right away though they did anyways and moved her over to the warming bed in less then 2 minutes of her being born. I was not given the chance to breastfeed her till at least an hour and a half after she was born and by then she was very sleepy. I tried breastfeeding her as much as possible within the first 24 hours, but she would not latch on. She would fall asleep as soon as she was at the breast. She became jaundiced within the first 48 hours of her birth and I was told it was bad enough that she needed to be under the bili lights. It was not offered one single time to use a bili blanket at the hospital to try to keep her skin to skin or even to attempt to breastfeed. The bili blanket was only mentioned when I asked about her being released to come home. I seen a board certified LC at the hospital, but she wasn't really any help. She had gotten me a SNS, but only let me try feeding one time with it and when that didn't go well she automatically jumped to formula telling me to pump with the hospital grade pump there which I did. The LC wanted me to rent a pump, but I couldn't afford it.I asked for the SNS back before we left the hospital & was told "Don't worry about it, just pump" I was never given any help though at all with trying to latch my daughter on, I wasn't even told how to latch her on correctly so she fights and cries.
I bought an Evenflo single electric pump since that's all I could afford at the time. I pumped with that for a couple weeks and gave up, because the horn didn't fit right and were very uncomfortable and can't be changed. If I didn't have the pump held as tightly as possible to the breast milk would leak out the bottom of the horn. I'm still using the same pump now since I can't get a better one til the end of Jan at earliest. I know it's possible to relactate at this point and I'd like to, but I need ideas on how to. I've been using a nipple shield which has been a huge help with at least getting her to even think about taking the breast.