I had the somewhat unique experience of having my daughter in NICU part-time while we were in the hospital.... I got a really high fever during labor and the baby had a fever too when she was born, and they never figured out what it was from, so they put us both on antibiotics just to be safe. This meant that Miri had to go stay in the NiCU... at first we thought she would have to stay there, but then the doctor decided that she would be able to come back to our room with us during the day, and only go to the NiCu at night and when she needed doses of antibiotics or monitoring.
I noticed a huge difference in the two nursing staffs in their attitude towards breastfeeding, and I just wanted to comment on it - the first night when Miri had to go to the NiCU I insisted on breastfeeding her before she went, and then the nurse told me she'd call me when she woke up, to feed again. Well, in the morning she called and I went to nurse her, and she had a pacifier that they'd given to her with some sugar water. They explained that this was given to her because she'd had to have a couple of painful procedures, and it was ok with me because of that, but they didn't even ASK if it was ok beforehand. So I went to nurse her that morning, and while they let me, they didn't have any sort of comfortable space set up for it and I had to do it in the middle of the room with a sort of makeshift divider around me.... they didn't offer me any help at all, even though it was only like 10 hours after her birth and I certainly didn't know what I was doing. The nurse on duty also really wanted to give her formula but I said I'd just come over as often as necessary to bf her.
Then they let her come back to our room, and the nurses there were like, what's she doing with this pacifier? She shouldn't have that! and would take it away from her. Very confusing! They were much more helpful about helping me bf though, and would try to assist me in getting her positioned and latched on properly.
Then the second night when she went back to the NiCU they were worried about her being dehydrated from the antibiotics (she hadn't had any wet diapers and didn't until right before we went home the 4th day), so the doctor prescribed formula supplementation. They sent us back to the room the next morning with some formula bottles but no instruction as to how/when to supplement, how to tell if she was getting enough, etc. They also didn't mention anything about pumping to work on my supply, etc.... I asked them about it, though, since I was concerned, and the regular nurses set me up with a breastpump.
We had a different NICu nurse the last couple of days and she was more helpful with breastfeeding and figuring out when to supplement.... and then our last night we had a nurse who was really very helpful and aggressive with getting the baby to stay awake, eat more, and be latched properly.
I had a couple of visits from lactation consultants right at the end of the hospital stay, and they were sort of helpful too, but I just felt like I got such conflicting information about pacifiers, bottles, breastfeeding etc that I didn't feel at all confident when I got home........... it didn't help that my (sorta anti-bf) mother in law was staying with us. But I just ignored her and listened to my totally pro-bf mom instead.
Anyway, just thought it was worth commenting on and wondering if anyone else has had similar experiences.