Baby in nicu pumping and nursing questions sorry its long **update** 2nd update !!!
Henry came home today!! He is nursing great , still a little sleepy but otherwise good :) thanks for all the support and advice. This will be our first overnight together so we will see how it goes.
Had my son late Friday via emergency c section at 36 weeks 6 days. He is considered late preterm and is having some breathing issues so is in the nicu still. I have been pumping since 3 hours after he was born and I pump every 3 hours for about 20-30mins. I am now getting about 2.5 ounces of colostrom each pumping session, I don't think my milk has come in as its yellow in color. He started getting my milk on Sunday through a tube about 7ml,now up to 25ml. I was able to try nursing yesterday,his biggest issue is waking up to feed and falling asleep while nursing,also he will latch for a second then unlatch doing this until he gets upset and finally Gets a good latch.They have him on a feeding schedule of 6-9-12-3. His discharge from the nicu is partly cotingent on his feedings his breathing is nearly under control so we need to get the eating part down.Questions I have are 1. am I pumping often enough? I discharged today and I am not able to be at the hospital 24/7 but I will be going from 9am-1 and 6-10pm. I Pump at 12am,3am, 6 am and 3 pm and I follow each nursing session with pumping. 2. How much should he be eating,they want to give him a bottle after he nurses but I want to be sure I can keep up with his demand. They say he has enough wet diapers and poops throughout the day.I'm open to any advice tips ect, I want to breastfeed and I really want my little man home ASAP. Thanks in advance.
Thank you all for sharing your stories and advice helps me feel better about the situation :) Today I did skin on skin time during nursing,he is under blue lights for jaundice so the only hold time I get is during feedings. He nursed much better and I told them no bottles after I finish nursing that ill let him stay latched as long as needed during the hour off the lights . He has a bottle with my pumped milk when I can't be there. Ill continue to pump as I have been and my milk actually came in today, it changed to a white color and I'm getting more which is a relief. They said he should be home by the weekend. I asked that he be taken off his iv with fluids and sugars since I believe it was interfering with his want to nurse and they did honor that. Hopefully he will be off the lights tomorrow and ill get more skin time with him.