I've been reading this thread non-stop since discovering it and am feeling hopeful for the first time since my son was born.
I am a first time mom with a almost 8 week old son who was born at 36 weeks and 1 day. We initially had latching issues because his mouth was so small and nursing issues because he was so tired and would fall asleep only minutes after nursing. My LC recommended a nipple shield which seemed to be helpful but significantly held back my milk supply.
3 days after birth my son was admitted to the PICU due to high jaundice levels, low blood sugar, decreasing weight and dehydration. He was placed on fluids and we were forced to supplement with formula. After returning home he would nurse from the nipple shield until he fell asleep then I would wake him and feed him a formula bottle of an ounce to two ounces.
Around 4 weeks old I weaned him from the nipple shield and had an abundant milk supply, or so I thought. He was always having 7-9 wet diapers a day but would frequently go days without having a bowel movement but I was told this was normal with breast fed babies.
Although he had gained weight then lost, at his two month check up he weighed exactly the same as he did at his one month. It was if all at once he stopped being a good eater regardless of whether it was breastfeeding or bottle feeding, was fussy surrounding feedings and was suffering badly from his acid reflux that he had earlier been diagnosed with. Because he hadn't been eating well, my milk supply, which was difficult to get in and barely adequate at best, regardless of eating oatmeal for nearly every meal, taking max doses of Fenugreek, approval from a LC that his latch was perfect, continuous pumping and frequent feedings had decreased.
His pediatrician sent us straight from his appointment to the ER where we were admitted for "failure to thrive." We've been in the children's hospital since Friday where his feedings have been closely monitored, all from bottle. I've been pumping with a hospital grade pump religiously ever 2.5 hours and never getting more than 1.5 ounces. I've been putting him to the nipple regardless of doctors recommendations for nothing more than to just pacify him and to keep that connection as well as doing skin-to-skin but my milk supply is dropping steadily.
The doctors have told me that he will never be a solely breast-fed baby and it may be in his best interest to not breastfeed. I've not met with my LC since being admitted but she also agreed that he may always be a partial breast-feeder. I'm awaiting a call back from the hospital LC but discovered dpd through research. After spending the night reading your threads, I've already placed an order through clickremedy.com. My husbands in the military so we don't have tons of extra funds but breastfeeding is so important to me that I can't justify not making the investment in our bond and relationship.
Before hearing of dpd, I was in complete despair, feelings as if everyone had given up on breastfeeding but me, including my husband, family and my son. This is truly my last resort.
My son is weighing in at 7lbs 14ounces today at 7 weeks 6 days old so he is still significantly below the growth chart expectations. He has been supplementing with 2-4 ounces every 3 hours, with the doctors saying the majority of his eating and growth has been consiered "catch-up eating and growth." I was wondering if this situation sounds familiar to anyone and if so, how it turned out. Also, if there's any suggestions of what I could do to encourage breastfeeding in the mean time while I await my shipment, seeing as he is completely disinterested after receiving the bottle.
Any information/assistance that could be offered would be greatly appreciated. I want nothing more than to breastfeed and am so disheartened and feel as if I've failed my little man.
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and loving being a first time Mom to Xian
9/15/09 6lbs 3ounces 19 inches