My son is 1 week and 1 day (disregard my ticker, haven't had time to change it yet). In the hospital after DS was born he never nursed well. He would latch on and then just sit there and not suck at all. The nurses and LC's in the hospital made the situation more stressful by trying to ram him onto the breast. He would go into hysterics, I would cry, it just didn't work. Then his blood sugar levels dropped and they told me I had to supplement w/ formula. So we did SNS instead of a bottle and that helped bring up his blood sugar levels.
Once we got home we continued to have problems. We had an excellent LC come out to the house and she was able to help us to get him to latch and nurse very well in the time she was there. However, that night he would not wake up AT ALL for feedings. We tried everything to wake him - diaper change, cold cloths, etc. He became very lethargic and ended up admitted to the hospital at 4 days old for dehydration and slightly elevated bilirubin levels. The hospital required that he be fed by bottle for the 2 nights we were there so they could monitor his intake, and output with diapers.
We were able to come back home on 10/29 and since that day there are times where I cannot get him to latch properly because he tries to attach to the nipple like he would a bottle, but occassionally I can get an OK latch. However the times when he does latch he has gone back to his ways of sucking a bit and then stopping and falling asleep. I've tried doing tons of skin to skin contact, and compressions while he is nursing, and removing his latch to start again, but nothing is working. He also goes through these phases where he acts hungry and I nurse him, he falls asleep quickly, wakes up 10 min later and wants to eat again. This cycle has gone on for several hours. Yesterday we rented a scale that weighs him and shows his intake. We've only used it a couple times so far, but after one 20 min feeding it showed that he took in .4oz, and after 2 other 20 min feeding it showed that he took in zero ounces.
I really want to nurse him, but both DH and I are very worried that he is not getting enough milk from me. We've supplemented with bottles after feedings, which I hate doing because I feel like it is deterring us either further from breastfeeding. I'm feeling so upset over this because breastfeeding was really important to me, but I cannot stomach the thought of him ending up back in the hospital. Watching the nurses make several attempts to put an IV into my 4 day old, plus draw his blood constantly, was the absolute worst moments of my life, that I never want to re-live again.
I'm sorry this is so long. I just don't know what to do anymore.