My baby is now 9 days old and he has lost 10% of his birth weight. Because his stools have been mostly greenish the woman at the hospital suggested he wasn't getting enough of the fatty hind milk, they also looked at him sucking and noticed that he was sucking about 5 times for every swallow and they wanted to see him sucking 2 times for every swallow.
They suggested I try and express milk for him and also do breast compressions while he is feeding. They will reweigh him in 48hrs and if he doesn't start gaining they're going to admit us to hospital and be much more aggressive.
I feel like a total failure and I am so worried I am going to end up having to give him formula. He cries a lot because he is clearly hungry and I feel so bad for him suffering, we almost went and bought some formula today but we were told to watch his poos to see if they turn more yellow to see if things are working and if we supplemented now that would alter that.
I have had really poor luck with expressing, it doesn't squirt out like in pictures, it just drips out, both with the pump and hand expressing.
I am feeling really despairing that I can make this work, especially on such a tight deadline.
I kind of think his nappies have been more yellow (it's been a few hours since I saw them) but it could be wishful thinking and there's still a greenness to them.
Please someone tell me we can get through this?
Edit: Since doing the breast compressions my baby has spit up some white chunks in saliva - does this mean I am managing to get lots of milk in him? That would be reassuring. On the other hand, he still wanted to go back on the breast after so was he still hungry? I feel like I am failing him and causing him to suffer by not being able to feed him properly