I had posted this under a different thread, but an experienced forum member suggested that I start a new thread in this section, which would be more appropriate, here is what was posted:
9:14PM our little baby boy is here
My wife is trying to exclusively breastfeed but baby is having hard time latching, and once latched he sucks 3-4 times then fades to sleep. Normally he is awake when he is hungry, he just likes to fall asleep whenever he is close to mother's breasts. So are pumping, about 10 to 15ml each pumping and try to feed every 2 hours. It is very difficult to determine what is enough.. We have our first appointment tomorrow with the doctor and we will seek some advise there.
We are home, back from the doctor visit, and as we suspected baby was not getting enough food, and was dehydrated. At 3 days mark, we have been trying to breastfeed him, he just doesn't latch, even though he is very hungry (as stated by doctor).
What we tried to do was pump 10-15ml each pumping and feed to him, that's not even half ounce, and was obviously nowhere near enough. Baby was just barely calming. The doctor said the baby should be getting at least 1 oz each feeding. As a result he went down from 7lbs5oz to 6lbs13oz in two days since we discharged, birth weight was 7lbs7oz. He was not peeing or pooping enough either (except for that one time when he pooped a huge chunk of meconium). We still would like to breastfeed, so my wife will have to work harder to try getting him latched, and also continue pumping. Unfortunately as immediate resort we had to feed him formula, which he gulped over 1oz in few seconds. I must say that formula smells nasty compared to natural smell of breast milk/colostrum.
We will try to breastfeed him directly, if he is fussy, we will go back to pumping. We really want to breast feed exclusively and we will be trying.
We will go back to doctor tomorrow to make sure he has not lost more weight as it could be a problem.
During the day we will keep trying pumping & BF'ing and at night we will try to get a little formula in him if we can't pump.