My little girl is 8 days old now. My 38 week 3 day induction failed and she was delivered by c-section. She was healthy at birth with a perfect apgar score and she breastfed well soon after the birth and for much of her first day of life! But the day after she was born, she just wanted to sleep all day long. I could hardly rouse her to eat and even when I could, she'd fall asleep at the breast. I don't think she really ate anything all day. At the end of the day they weighed her, told me that she had lost too much weight, and was jaundiced. The doctors started her on formula and I also pumped and fed expressed breast milk.
For the rest of my stay in the hospital (5 days) she was fed formula and expressed breast milk. She was still sleepy all the time and not much interested in eating. I tried to breastfeed her a little but was mostly unsuccessful. She would either be too sleepy to be interested, or would be crying and screaming and upset, unable to latch. They told me to stop trying to breastfeed so much because when she got upset like that it would burn more calories and contribute to her weight loss.
I saw a lactation consultant who helped me with her latch and suggested using nipple shields. Since going home I have had some success with latching her, both with and without the nipple shields. I saw a doctor yesterday, and she has neither gained nor lost any weight since being discharged (She was 7 pounds 5 ounces at birth and was 6 pounds 11 ounces at discharge). He said that she is healthy and not dehydrated, that the jaundice should go away on its own and she doesn't need to go under the light, and he told me to just try to keep getting her to eat as much as possible.
I so badly want to breastfeed her and it completely breaks my heart. I am afraid she won't get enough milk and lose weight again so I rely mostly on bottles. My baby spends all her time sleeping and usually only wakes up when I wake her up to feed her. She won't stay on the breast; I can feel her latch on properly and take 2-3 swallows, then she'll either scream and cry or just fall asleep. Or sometimes she will just want to suckle without swallowing; if I allow her to, she will lay there and do this for over an hour without drinking any milk. ALL feedings take forever. She takes a really, really long time to eat. I will usually try her on the breast and after 30-45 minutes without success will give her a bottle, and then she even takes forever to drink the bottle.
I know that I have milk because I pump and produce about 200-300 ml/day (I could probably produce more, but I don't pump as much as I should). I feed her with a combination of this pumped milk, and baby formula.
When I try to put her to breast, she will often show hunger cues but refuse to eat. What should I do? I really don't want to give up on breastfeeding her. Is it too late? Why does she reject the breast? I know that she knows how to latch on properly, I've also got a bunch of techniques for waking her up when she dozes off, but nothing seems to work. Is it too late for her to be a breastfed baby? I had planned to breastfeed her and I desperately want to make it work. I would do anything.