Originally Posted by Dreamy
DS had a bit of jaundice, was a lazy eater, and got dehydrated on day three (my milk hadn't come in yet). Luckily the only thing suggested to me (at our baby-friendly hospital) was to hand express colostrum as indicated in that first link you posted. The nurse showed me how to do it - I collected it in a teaspoon, sucked it up with a little syringe, then fed it to baby. I remember just 2.5 little syringes cleared up his dehydration and my milk came in later that day, phew!
See, that's *exactly* the kind of thing that could have been suggested to me, but wasn't:( Sounds like a very similar situation too! Mine wasn't peeing or pooping (he had pooped once or twice after birth, but that was it, and then didn't go again for about a week. And he wasn't wetting much, was too tired to eat etc.
I was trying to pump and give him that (which I now know is near pointless with colostrum) and that wasn't working. No one even mentioned hand expression (I honestly didn't know that was even possible, which is weird, since I grew up on a cattle farm...) I guess I figured the doctors and nurses knew all there was to know about these things.
They told me that i'd have to give him formula, or they'd have to draw blood, which would hurt him...so I caved.
It really bothers me that no one mentioned hand expression, or that I should try feeding him every hour. One nurse got after me for feeding him all night the first night. He was alert, and latched well, and clearly working at it. She came in, swaddled him up and told me that it wasn't normal for a baby to eat that long and that it was pointless because I had "no milk" yet...and that I was just making my nipples sore.
They weren't sore, and we were fine.
I've never had a lot of luck with medical staff in any of my experiences, in any department. Maybe that's why i'm such a crunchy skeptic :(