My son was born at home on Monday and was transported to the NICU due to aspirating meconium and blood on the way out. That night, he had "seizure-like activity" and they gave him a loading dose of phenolbarbitol (sp?) which really whacked him out for a few days. He had an IV for the first three days, then they had me try bfing, but would feed him through a gastro tube in his nose when it didn't work (he wouldn't latch on--too sleepy or too upset). He was on an every 3 hour schedule Thursday and Friday where I had 30 min to get him to feed before they'd hook up his nose tube. I've been pumping throughout all of this (he's only gotten formula for 2 or 3 feedings, yay!) and my supply is more than keeping up with him. As of yesterday (Sat), we were taken off the clock, so long as he ate at least every 4 hours. He still gets sleepy at the breast, or munches my nipple. Mostly, he seems to be missing the "swallow" part of suck, swallow, breathe. He didn't pee enough with mostly breast feedings yesterday, so we're cup feeding him some today so he can be released.
Any help for how to convince him that my nipple is his friend would be appreciated.
Mama to Peter (3/8/04), Leo (3/12/06), Timothy (7/24/10), and boy #4 due on the summer solstice 2014