I wish I weren't three years late to this. That sounds so awful! Perhaps it's only because I had my babies later than yours (2009, 2010, and 2012), and hospitals have figured out that breastfeeding really is best, even for babies of diabetics, but I never had to deal with anything that horrible. I would suggest not letting them give the baby anything except a little bit of formula or sugar water by a syringe and ONLY if the baby's blood sugar is lower than 40 (which is what is normal for newborns). And they should let you try to nurse first, because colostrum does help stabilize blood sugar, even if it won't bring it up all the way!
I blog about trying to have fewer interventions in childbirth as a Type I diabetic at diabeticbirth.blogspot.com, if you're interested in reading more about my experiences.
I wish you were around 3 years ago too. =) My baby is now almost 3, but I have to say, I am a little gun shy to get pregnant again because of all the crap I had to go through. I really am kind of surprised how little some doctors still know about diabetes and pregnancy. It always felt like they had NO idea what they were talking about or doing. It was highly frustrating. It's good to know that there are people out there like you who DO know what they are talking about. =D Thanks for the comment. =D
I have no idea where you had your first 2 babies, but if it were up to me, this time I would make absolutely sure I didn't have it at the same hospital that did that to you with your daughter. I am so sorry for what you went through. I had my son 22 years ago at a hospital with a very strong maternal/fetal medicine program. They encouraged me to nurse him and would not have dreamed about feeding him without my knowlege. And he was only 5 pounds 1/2 ounce at birth. We took him home at 4 1/2 pounds. You should not put up with any of the crap you did with your daughter, and I would make absolutely sure well ahead of time that it didn't. You have rights as a patient and I would be sure your ob/gyn knows what you want and that you will fight them every step of the way if they stomp on your rights. There are also "patient advocates" at every hospital if you feel you are being mistreated. Avail yourself of every possible thing and make a big stink if you or your child is being treated other than how you specifically want. Be strong in your convictions because you need to stick up not just for yourself, but for your newborn as well.
I had my son close to 17 years ago. Born C-section, we got to hold him immediately after his birth, and then they took him up to the nursery for the regular newborn stuff...monitor him a short bit, clean him up, weigh and measure him. About 30 minutes to an hour later he was back in the room with me. I fed him, ATTEMPTED to breast feed him... he fed on about an ounce to maybe 2 ounces. Never did he have tube feedings, or any other kind of glucose.
If it were me, I'd look into a differnt doctor for my prenatal care, and explore different hospitals. If there is no medical reason to be doing all of that it shouldn't have been done. Talk with your doctor, and let your wishes, wants and concerns known. Medicine is consumer driven. You are the consumer, you have choices and options.
Sometimes I think are advancements in technology, etc have become detrimental to us. =) I sometimes think it gets in the way of what is natural. I've told my husband that a thousand times. I just feel they get involved when they don't need to be. If it wasn't such a risk I would have all my babies at home. But I do like the doc there in case something is wrong, but I hate that they always assume there is. They were really good at making me feel like an alien. =D Thanks so much for your comment.