35 week baby. Could really use some help from you ladies. (sorry it's long)
I had my daughter on Nov 10th. I was induced due to pre-eclampsia at what we thought was 36 weeks 2 days pregnant. After she was born the doctor thought she was more then likely only 35 weeks. She was in the NICU for a 1 /12days and was given formula due to low blood sugar. They provided a pump while I was in the hospital but I was unable to get anything while there. They sent me home with a Medela Lactina and I was told to nurse/bottle/pump at least 8x a day. Also while in the hospital I was informed that she has a minor tongue tie that may or may not cause a problem. I also wonder if she has a lip tie.
Her birth weight was 5lbs 10 oz and at her lowest was 5lbs 4 oz. Though at 8 days old she was already back up to 5 lbs 7oz. As of now I have her nursing at least 12x a day and well honestly only pumping about 5x a day. I would pump more but between having a new baby, my husband was in an accident the other day, and two kids with the stomach flu life hasn't been that easy. She only recieves about 4-6oz of formula at most a day. Sometimes I can go a whole day without any formula.
I really want to get to the poing of only breastfeeding but feel like the advice I'm getting isn't really aiming towards that goal. While the LC said to nurse before giving a bottle she emphasized that pumping was more important at this point. I disagree and well I don't listen. I nurse whenever she looks like she wants to nurse whether to eat or just because. It is hard to get her to latch because she doesn't have a strong rooting reflex yet but once she is latched I don't have any pain.
Can anyone offer advice?