My munchkin was born at 36 and 4 with RDS, nuchal cord, elevated bilirubin to warrant phototherapy, and suspected abdominal sepsis that was treated upon arrival.
Needless to say we had a very stressful first few days of life and I bless our lucky stars that we only needed to spend five days in NICU. My munchkin is one heck of a trooper!
However this all means we missed out on those first crucial hours of bonding and beginning breastfeeding. Between that and the nurses in the NICU telling me I was spending too much time trying to get him to breastfeed, I'm extremely discouraged.
Right now I'm pumping enough to feed an army, at least 3oz from just one side every 3-4 hours, sometimes more. So we don't have a need for formula. But I wish I could get him to take it directly from the breast. We've had a few successful attempts. They don't last long because he gets so tired, 7 minutes at best.
I guess I'm just trying to see what anyone else thinks I can do to encourage him more. I think maybe I just really need to know I'm not the only one out there experiencing this.